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Walt Puffer contacted us at says, "There were other life- The Islander to let us know that guards before me. I came over in he was not Catalina's first life- 1970 with two other LA County guard, as Tina Kennedy noted lifeguards, assigned to the new- in her column, Scuba Luv. Walt ly-built 'Baywatch.' We were the first LA Countylifeguards in Avalon. Prior to that, the city employed lifeguards to work the beach, including 'Duke.'" We regret the error. Victoria Marchant Mann's family has been celebrating her birthday on Catalina Island for two decades. Last week she celebrated her lOOth. Courtesy photo i Victoria Mann's grandparents visited here in 1901 FOR THE ISLAND "Victoria Marchant Mann cel- ebrated her 100th birthday last week with 140 family members and Vie Marchant, visited Avalon in 1.901 where Tom obtained a license to hunt goats on the back- side of the island. Thirteen-year- old Victoria first came in 1930 with her 3-year-old niece and nursemaid. A terrible storm that evening played havoc with their return trip to Los Angeles. She and Bud came over after they and friends on Catalina Island: married and stayed at the Atwater The festivities began with lunch Hotel. During World War II, Bud at Mr. Ning's Chinese Garden on ~ was stationed on Catalina Island Saturday. : On Wednesday Victoria for his Merchant Marine training. In the 1950s and '60s Victoria celebrated with an Italian buffet at the M Restaurant. Victoria was born on June 21, 1917 in Berkeley, California and moved to Los Angeles in 1919, the same year her grandparents bought a house on the Strand in Hermosa Beach. Victoria mar- ried Hershell "Bud" Mann in 1935 and moved into that house where they raised six children.. This year on June 15 she was honored by the Hermosa Beach City Council as the oldest home- owner and longest resident. Victoria's family has had a long connection with Catalina Island. Her grandparents, Tom came several times on various children's field trips. In those days visitors made the journey by steamship and would watch from the decks as local boys dove for change thrown into the harbor by cheering passengers. One of those boys was a family cousin. When in high school, her chil- dren enjoyed sanctioned "Senior Ditch Day" in Avalon. In 1997, Victoria's daughter Virginia Moreno began a new family tra- dition renting a house for sev- eral nights in Avalon to celebrate Victoria's 80th birthday. This year marks 21 years of birthday celebrations on Catalina Island. 8 M NooN - THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, June 30, 2017 i 9 I"