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JULY 20. 1927 PAGE FIVE A ISLAND REVIEWED Ernest Windle redit the discovery of Santa to l~o(h-i~nez Cabril',,~. The a few days aiter tt:e left San Diego t:arbor. Later, Santa Catalina was Then, for more than it was "Just an Islaud twenty-one miles nau- mainland coast." record several o~k IICI'S dud The activities Island a pleasure comnlenced nntii 1887 was aequired by Mr, tile Santa Catalina island .many other properties in la, "ownership"and the been nlatters of nlucb contentiou. These r, gradually passing of the State Conrts, Treaty"- --tEe transfer with its adjacent (.~overnnle :t tO becolning better un- tentlon was lllade tllat Santa origi lallv a "Spanish afforded the owner of COntrol over tile mineral It is now unlel:;mo,t that Island Company has a property, and is there- or lease such portions of it may deem advisable for Island has many other to it by writers pie shores. Here r~: "Tile Isle of Enchant- Isle; .... The Fisherman's round of tile Corn- Glorious Gem in the the Golden State." Polit- and three miles of its ad- considered to be a of Los Angeles. taxes are paid at Los tire island is known as (Incorporated I913) is side oi tile ls- inaintains police ion, controls the "public 'Vises tile construction and ass. The taxable value the City Limits is 1919, William \Vrigley Jr. of the Island and line operating to ngton. \V lliam Wrigley tile Board of Directors The Santa Catalina and the \Vilmingtou Trans with general offices at ~rnia--in the "Catalina Tim reorganization Of with 3fr. William /Vrig- and Mr. J. II. Patrick the "deciding factor" in and growth of since 1919. The Wil- Co~nDany operates a 'teatnships and electrically and from tile mainland, 'Catalina " S. S. "Ava- tie;" S. S. Ht-fermosa;" Patrick," "J. ,N. Ste- "D. P. Fleming," craft in Avalon ew privately owned tishing built at a cost the Island is a ~eries of mountains and deep can- that ha~e a scenic It is sixty miles SUperficially 48,438" acres. 'ul provided many inlets r collected silt and ~lall form t le ear pus beaches tile visitors, anglers and charm and attractive- ts its ideal setting m tile of the Pacific ocean: its atmosphere; its almost soft and gentle bree. "eStful qnietude the weary rarer from tile hannts of ers tuYntsll ninny wonders. egetation, the marine gar. boats, are of lnany thou- all over he world. 3, practically no histori- that is of'interest. It In the Pacific ocean," up .and and ~ party of friends 1859, and tile outing one. The gold ced in 1863, when Mr. broperty for $80.000, grant to Jose by United reds of mining claims the Isthmus. At John- laid out for a town Then trouble corn- became famous for Its easy accessibility to :Xlcan "lawbreakers. On :aptain R. B. West, California Infantry, mus, gave orders for all to leave. September withdrawn, and the still stand to the days. of the James Lick Island to Mr. Geo. of $200,000. An ~te: took an option 1892, after considei'. -" syndicate, Mr. Shat- directly to the Ban- planned the town land for lrom $15u to $1f.O( ......... ding ,o tb.e Iocati .... nd er-Renton. Mr. ,Vrig|eyand Mr. Patrickhave C~l~ H0td ected the fi:< i:,,tel ot importance at Avalon. permitted the mining possibilities to be Previ-u, t,, :'e opening of the Hotel Met- investigated and developed. Silver, lead and rOl.,le, xi~it,