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PAGE SIX WINDLE'S PRINT SHOP Published Every Wednesday at AVALON, CALIFORNIA. E. WINDLE.-- - Editor and Owner CHAS. H. SMITH Associate Editor SUBSCRIPTION RATES (in advance). Three Years ............................. : Five Dollars (Only When Paid in Advance). One Year .................................... Two Dollars Six Months ................................... One Dollar Three Months ................................ Fifty Cents Single Copies ................................ Five Cents ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising 50c per Inch, Each Insertion... 500 Inches During a Period of Six Months, 35c per Inch. Liners 10c per Line, Minimum 25c. Entered as Second-Class Matter March 31, 1914, at the Postoffice at Avalon, Calif. Under the Act of March 3, 1897. The columns of the Islander are open to the general public, on any of the fol- lowing subjects: Local Politics and Gov- ernmen, Ftshlng, Hunting and Camping. Items of local news interest will be greatly appreciated. FAMOUS LAST WORDS "The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity."---Disraeli. One hundred and ten Tuna have been taken to date. The tent city at Pebbly Beach is now a reality. With a broad board walk all the way from Avalon to the beach, electrically lighted at night, the distance seems very short. With good bus service, patrons of the tent city will find it very convenient to visit Avalon as frequently as they may de- sire. A report has been received here that George T. Philips ("Doc." Bush), aged 63, passed away at a Los Angeles hos- pital June 26. For many years Mr. Philips was a resident of this city, working as a painter, and in 1915 he left the Island and started in business at Randsburg, California. Mr. Philips had not been in good health for sev- eral months. He leaves a wife, who is a resident of Randsburg. Millions of pounds of sardines have been caught during the past three months in Southern California waters. And there are some so-called scientists who tell us" that the supply is "ever- lasting." What about the white sea bass, yellowtail, and a few other varie- ties of fish that ten years ago were "everlasting?" The only everlasting fish that we know of are those that have been caught by anglers, skinned, mounted, and are now hanging on the walls. A tuna weighing 110 pounds caught by B. O. Kendall, Jr., while fishing front the launch Skipjack, has made this enthusiastic angler the youngest member of the Catalina Light Tackle Club, in the tuna class. "Junior" is 15 years of age. The tuna put up an in- teresting scrap before it was gaffed by Jack Kendall, ]3. O.'s older brother. Time twenty-nine minutes. Several years ago Jack Kendall became the youngest member of the club when he landed a tuna weighing 140 pounds, but B. O., although a year ohter than his brother Jack was when he landed the 140-pounder, stated that he (B. O.) was a more skillful angler than Jack, who took "nearly half a day to bring his fish to gaff." The two young men are out daily in their fishing cruiser. Subscribe now--S2 per year. II e By Ernest Funeral services for the late Charles Browning Parker, aged 57, who died Friday, July 4th, were heht Sunday afternoon from the Congregational Church and at the Avalon cemeterey. The local lodge 04 Elks conducted the ceremony, assisted by Rev. LaRue C. Watson, pastor of the Congregational Church. During the serxices at the church, State Senator Charles E. Lyons made an impressive address touching upon the influential life of Mr. Parker. So many floral tributes were sent by local friends and friends from the mainland that a special conveyance was necessary to carry the tributes to the cemetry. Mr. Parker leaves wife, two brothers and one sister to mourn his death. Born in Indianapolis in 1866, Charley Parker came to Los Angeles when he was 19 years of age. He was the youngest of fourteen children. At the age of 2l he was married to Miss Emily Linskow of San Pedro and some two years after his marriage he Windle Fourth, during the celebration, was spoken of by many of his friends who knew of the quiet pride that he had often taken to dress Avalon in its gala attire. With Mr. Parker at the time of his death were Mrs. Parker, Arthur Sute- meier, Carl W. Carson and the ,;Crit- ter. Stricken with paralysis Thurs- day morning while working in his shop preserving a fish, he never regained consciousness, The end came at 5 o'clock Friday. To write of the outstanding incidents of his busy life for the community in which Mr. Parker has lived for the past thirty-three years, wotfld fill many colunms in this paper. He was a familiar character in our office and our helpful neighbor. He would not sanc- tion that we mention the many acts of kindness that he has done in the name of "Charity," "Liberty," "Truth," "Justice" and "Equality." Into his workshop door one day ap- peared a youngster with a broken 'wag- The Late Charles B. Parker, Thirty-three Years An Island Resident. arrived at Catalina to represent the Smithsonian Institute at Washington. In his work as a taxidermist he has .preserved and mounted hundreds of bir.ls, goat heads and Catalina game fish. Specimens he has preserved are to be found in ahnost every large mu- semn in the United States and also in many foreign cotmtries. But it was because of the simple life he lived that his friends respected and loved him. An Island resident for thirty-three years, he knew every child in Avalon. t'hilantrophic to a degree that cost him hundreds of dol- lars, one of his mottos was: "\Ve are only chihlren once: make them hal> py." Mr. and Mrs. Parker were the ori- ginators of the Catalina Community Christmas Tree, and Charley was the first Santa Claus. Mr. Parker started the first library on the Island, and for several years he was a special peace officer in the em- ploy of the Santa Catalina Island Co. under the Banning Brothers regime. In addition to preserving natural his- tory specimens, in the early days he owned a curio store at the corner of Metropole and Crescent avenues. For many years he was in charge of the decorations for the streets of Avalon on Decoration Day, Independence Day and Labor Day celebrations. That his death shouhl have occured on July on wheel. Charley was in the. nfidst of the process of skirting a marlin sword- fish. "Will you fix my wagon, Uncle Charley ?" asked the youngster. "If you don't cry, I will," replied the taxidermist putting down his knife and removing his blood-stained gown. He found the necessary tools, fixed the wagon and sent the youngster away happy. It took him ahnost an hour. That swordfish and its ,nillion- aire angler could wait! Of recent years Charley became very much interested in radio, and his "set" was the first one to be construc- ted on the island. During the worht war period, when crystal sets were in use and strict secrecy was main- rained regarding the messages sent out from the different wireless stations of the mainland, it was Charley Parker who first discovered that a boat came frequently to Silver Canyon Bay and used the sheep fence, extending from the canyon to the smnmit, for the purpose of transmitting messages to boats at sea and to boats located in .Mexican waters. Only by a very nar- row margin did the crew of the strange black boat at Silver Canyon escape de- tection. That was in 1918. The same pirating boat was recently seized by officials of our Federal department. Mr. Parker knew every foot of Cat- alina Island. In early days he used I I I THE CATALINA to travel from Avalon to and the Isthmus on the burro. Then he was in search' linens for the Smithsonian IttS It was over his radio set writer of this article heard broadcasted telephone late President Warren G. The speech was turned into circuit at San Pedro radio t From Mr. Parker's ker Court an extension cord placed at our desk. The ment of the death of ing was picked up by Mr. it was broadcasted from San t and Avalon residents knew president's death some thirty before messages were sent Los Angeles. Although Charley never nmeh of the philosophy that peared for the past six year paper under the caption of Charley" was but the had been expressed from time while we had chatted and various problems on fish Some time ago we wrote art on "What our neighbors mean It was one of Charley's little kindness that gave us the information. And we never That was his way, too. joyed doing favors for his frietl then busying himself with else, so that there would be portunity to refer to his As we have said, he would ta0 tion that we refer to them. On a camping trip he always of the little comforts that outing enjoyable. Dressed in his khaki stilt, witll brimed Stetson, Charley was a figure on the streets of Aval00" Because he liked it best, we used the photograph that we lished so many times in this None of his radio experimen' patented. Often, with boyish. iasm, he'would say: "Next make a set that will beat 'era In his labor as a taxidermist worked out many special which he" passed on to his assisted him with the I the specimens. Mrs. Parker stated Tuesday ing that she wouht carry oft tlae iness of preserving the smaller ties of Catalina fishes. The fishes were too large for her to alone, she said. in the passing of Charles Br Parker, Avalon has lost one of torical characters. He was all who knew him. Requiescat in pace. C. Ahna Baker, C.B.E., added score of tuna with two more the last few days, one weighi~ pounds and the other 113. 3[r. brought to gaff the largest one il minutes fiat, which ~erges on the time of such champions as jutllp Adams. Mr. Baker, after taking tuna straight off the bat withott ing one, met his nemesis Sunday by far the largest ttma he had after a thirty-five nfinute away and vanished into the The wire leader was within a fev of his boatman's fingers. Mr. and .Mrs. E. B. Cousin of Beach were married June 30tb, They spent their honeymoon ~l White House Apartments.