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ISLANDER .... r H[ pAGE ELEVEN ,, , " ,,r , ,, , i, , r , "~lr,r, rm, I, ' ~r ~ rl ....... i' ?'- ,T',, .... " " TO THE WHITTIER After supper we sat on the beach cooperating with hini, and doing all .tha'titre l~ng a~ ~Mexiema .grant-to"~os~ Maria Covarrubias, confirmed by Un|ted CAMP, CATALINA till the pleasure launch passed. This they can in an effert to hell)him make States patent. Hundreds of mining claimt were staked out near the Isthmus. At John, -- launch is equipped with powerful a good record, that will count not only son's Cove streets were laid out for a towr$ t~y Burton Wilcox, Reporter lights that are thrown on the water to in the school, bnt will continue to be of to be called Queen City. Then trouble com~, merited: C~ttalina Harbor became famous for The Sentinel attract the fish. The flying fish, start- valuable assistance after leaving the smugglers, and for its easy accessibility tO left the School on the truck at led by the sudden glare, fly out of school.--Whittier State School Sentinel. CaliforniaFebruary 5th,and 1864,MexiCanCaptainlawbreakerS'R. B. West,On Monday morning, and by 10:00 the water and as they are so nmner- commanding the Fourth California Infantry, ~-"---'~-~-~-- stationed at the lstbmus, gave orders for all Vere at Wihmngton aboard the ous it is a remarkable sight to see miners and prospectors to leave. September ind. them. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND 1864, the troops were withdrawn, and the had all tried to appear as pious The next day we worked steadily HISTORICALLY REVIEWED memorybarracks ofatthosethe thrillingISthmus days.Still stand to the neonspicuous as possible in order (with the exception of two swims) July 1887, the trustees of the James Lick Santa Catalina Island has many other estate sold Santa Catalina Island to Mr. Geo. nothing might further delay the in groups, some preparing the other names that have been given to it by writers R. Shatto for the sum of $200,000. /m and as a result by the ume we tents, others fixing a place to dress of fame: "The Isle of Enchantment," "The English mining syndicate later took anoption Magic Isle," "Avalon the Beautiful .... The on the property, and in 1892t after cons;de;'. at last aboard the boat we were for swimming, but the greater num- Isle of Silence," "The Fisherman's Para- able litigatmu with the syndtcate, Mr. Shat- all of restrained enthusiasm that ber hoeing weeds and by SUl)per onr disc," "The Glorious Gem in the Opaline to sold the property" directly" to the Ban. Crown of the Golden State." It is one of ning Brothers. Mr. Shatto planned the town of Avalon, sold parcels of land for from $150 quired an ahnost physical effort work was pretty well in hand. We the most famous pleasure islands of the Pa- to $1000, according to the location, and er- cific coast, twentv-five miles from I.os An- ~Strai:~ from cheering out loud. continued to work this way, every boy geles Harbor, ancl politically it is in Los coted the first hotel of importance at Avalon, Previous to the opening of the Hotel Met- :Ore we left, Mr. Fleming, one exerting himself to his utmost in or- Angeles county. It was first discovered in ropole, visitors camped in tents on the beach; 1542, then "re-discovered" in 1602. Later his- then known as "Timm's Landing," October le officials of the boat, showed der to finish as soon as possible, and tory records private grants to 1892, when it i3, 1887 the possibilities of Avalon as a was acquired by the Santa Catalina Island pleasure resort--"A Fisherman's Paradise," :ca, ros :v by giving each of the by night fall of Wednesday our work Company, the corporation which still owns it, became known, and since that day it has an ice cream sandwich, was finished with two whole days of changed.althugh the ownership of the company has been widely advertised, steamed out of the harbor about fishing, swimming and sport to an- In 1919, Mr. William Wrigley, Jr., acquir- More than 200,000 tourists visit this en. chanting isle each year. From 1892 to 1915) ed ownership of the Island and the boat many hotels, apartment houses and private just as the Avalon was coming tic;pate, equipment, comprising the Wilmington Trans- cottages were erected. Then followed a din. That night we went to beo with portation Company. astrous fire that caused a loss of almost rotil leaving the harbor to the heavy eyelids for we were all pretty Immediately after the reorganizmlon of the $1,000,000. The hlstorie "Metropole Hotel" Santa Catalina Island Company (February was completely destroyed as were many orb- .n, a marked contrast is decided- tired, but light hearts for the fun we1919), real estate in Avalon wds placed on er buildings located on the northw'esterl~ i0tic~ ~ble \Vhile in Los Angeles were to enjoy on the morrow. The the market, and during the first year prac- side of the crescent-shaped "Bay of Moons, tieally one million ,dollars worth of real es- "Greator Avalon," more beautiful, charm. b0r One is s~ro:lg]y ilnpresse~] by next dav_ we 1)layed gaines and swan) idents.tate WaSunderSOld tOtheYear-roundstately eucalyptusr summertreesreS-in ing and attractive, is now a reality. alassive ocea'l steamers at (lock, all day, and on Friday we enjoyed the territory formerly used by summer camp- A charming feature ot Avalon is the board ers, the new real estate owners outrivaled each walk along the sea shore, extend;us from huge wharvc.~ teeming with wort:- ourselves still more. other in the construction of artistic bunga- the Hotel St. Catherine to. Pebbly Beach, a laborers the factories, and the We left the island about 11:00 a.m. lows. For weeks house-movers were busy. Daily distance of two miles. some ancient l~ndmark dissappea~'ed, and in That Catalina is rapidl~ becoming lhe er'~us t)owerfu~ dev/ces, typical on. the launch to see one of the most its place was commenced a permanent home. "Garden Spot of the World' is a fact. It is In front of the dancing pavilion a new block predicted that i~ five ~ears the Isthmus, now ~O(iern industry and commerce, inspiriug and magnificent sights I of stores extended the business section of the an "Hawaiian Village' will ,bid Vory prom- lere are small tugs towing load- ever saw, Seal Rock. We took our water front. Still greater improvements have ;singly to become a sister ri~;al to Avalon al since been made in various parts of the town. the "Queen Pleasure Resort of the Paci::c.') hmch and about 11:30 we reached In 1920 the reorganized Wilmington the rock. The huge rock stanos out Transportation Company added to its cross- LOCAL TIME AND TIDE TABLE channel fleet, then consisting of the steamers away from the shore and the sea "Hermosa" and "Cabrillo," the splendid swirling and rushing around it re- steamship "Avalon," ~carrying 2000 passen- Tides are placed in order of occurence. gets, at a cost-of half a million dollars. Comparison will show high and low. minds one of an army of living things This year another new steamshipt the "Cat- Light figures a. m., black figures p. m. alina," costing $1,000,000, and with accomo- dations for 3000 passengers, will be added Auguat I~arges and trina yachts at anchor. are gigantic dredgers with of smoke issuing forth their smoke stacks, and pleasure loaded with people. Here ~s the sweating, grimy, lab- of toil and the aristocracy of corn,unity. as one glides out of the harbor Past the lonely lighthouse~ stand- on the edge of the breakwater a sentinel, one is inclined to be fred to think of the boundless the unrestricted, unconven- liberty of the seas and one ahnost be tempted to wish to the rest of life in the restful of the sea. musing is soon interupt- a qneer sensation in the pit of "Solar Plexus" that arises a'fter off shore about one hour in "the sea so ones opinion about of being aboard an ocean during a voyage is somewhat striving vainly, relentlessly, to con- quer and destroy an invincible foe, and the rock, of an immovable defend- er, disdaining to do battle with the inferior multitnde that surrounding him continues to mercilessly attack. Each wave as it moves forward, gath- ering in velocity and power at every foot, and finally to fling itself, in mad turmoil, foaming and seeming as a crazed man, upward at the rock with a mighty roar, does so only to fall back and launch itself for another at- tack. The roar goes on incessantly. The attacker unceasingly persevering and the defender unflinchingly repell- ing, while on the top of the rock ma~- sire seals, with glistening skins, seem- ingly indifferent to the wild splendor of the scene snrrounding them, lan- guidly sunning thentselves. This ts one of God's great wonders, and should be appreciated to the tnllest extent. I sincerely hope that every boy in here that has the opportunity to see this rock will be able to realize the opportunity given him in being allowed to witness this scene typical of the Pacific coast. We spent the rest of the (lay swim- ming and boat riding, and left early Saturday a.m. on the Avalon We ar- rived here at about 12 o'clock, every boy as glad to return as we were to /cave the week previous. We hope that every cottage has as good a time as we had. We also wish to gratefully thank Mr. Nelles, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Robbins, for it was through their efforts and other officials, whom we thank also, that we had such an enjoyable time. Most of the boys in this cottage will get to go twice, as many will be trans- ferred. This is an opportunity given specla! by the school, and we hope every boy to the fleet. The vessel was launched May 3rd, and will be placed in commission in time to handle the summer travel. During 1919 and every summer since, many visitors have come to Avalon in flying boats, F which are now operated by the Pacific Mar. ine Airways. The trip from San Pedro toS Avalon is frequently made in less than 20 minutes. Su Both the Island Villa and Villa Park have recently been enlarged by the addition of M several hundred bungalettes, which have ta- ken the place of the canvas tents formerly Tu used. In 1920 the Hotel Atwater was opened byW the Santa Catalina Island Company. It is located on Sumner avenue, near the water front. It is a very complete modern hostelry. In 1919 the Hotel St. Catherine was open- ed. This beautiful place, on the ocean front, in Descanso Canyon, one-haLf mile ~est of Avalon, is a veritable dream of loveliness, with service fully in keeping with its delight- ful location. The hotel has just been en- larged. (See illustration on page two.) That the coming years will witness an even more extensive development of Avalon --the queen of Pacific coast pleasure resorts --is certain, for it is rapidly taking its place as an all-the-year.round resort. Catalina Island's baseball park, the train- ing grounds for the Chicago Cubs is consid- ered by experts to be the most unique of all . baseball grounds. With the introduction of steam shovels, trucks, etc., many of the old trails have been widened and made excellent roads. The road to Pebbly Beach, the site of Graham Bros.. rock quarry is a picturesque tho,'oughfare along the shoreline toward Seal Rocks. Since 1919 the Santa Catalina Island Com- pany has spent nearly a million dollals de- veloping water for Avalon. It IlaS lust corum W 12 ......... 4:58 10:02 4:39 ...... 3.7 2.6 5.4 .... Th 13 ........ 12:06 6:22 11:13 5:$7 1.1 3.9 2.7 5.7 14 ........ 12:55 7:15 .12:09 6:24 0.7 4.2 2,6~ 5.9 15 ......... 1:35 7:53 12:54 7:0 0.3 4.4 2.5 6.1 16 .......... 2:08 8:23 1:30 7:40 0.1 4.6 2.3 6.$ 17 .......... 2:36 8:50 2:00 8:12 0.0 4.7 2.2 6.5 18 ........ 3:03 9:16 2:29 8:45 0.0 ,4.8 2.0 6.5 19 ......... 3:28 9:41 2:$8 9:11 ..0.0 4.9 1.9 6.4 UNITED STATES POSTOFFICE Avalon, California the trip flying fisl~ were and in order that we might raOre distinctly a lady on the boat tO allow each boy to look gh a pair of her field gtassc~. had been very seasick. The of a' cool, refreshing swine le ocean had served to divert their from the movement of the to some extent. This opportuni- was an especially valuable experi- .eto several boys among us who come from different localities never seen the ocean before. we neared Avalon, a seaplane past and soon a motor boat about the ship as we into the harbor about 12:30. Avalon the camp was visible. also saw Mr. Wrigley's snrnmer a beautiful building built on a O~erlooking the harbor. went about two or three miles the shore in the School's launch Where the camp is and there the crew gave us a warm wel- in the form of a hearty meal. changing and eating, we be- t~ work and by supper our tent ready for the night (the canvas been put on, our beds prepar- space of weeds out, and we Olae swinm). Mail arrives daily, except Sunday, at 12 M. and 6:20 P. M. Mail departs daily, except Sunday, at 8 A. M. and 4:30 P. M. Outgoing mail closes at the Postoffiee at 7:15 A. M. and 3:45 P. M. The Postoffice is open daily, except Sundays and holidays, from 8 A.M, to 5 P. M., except while the mail i$ being distributed immediately after its arrival. Myrtle E. Trout. Postmaster. Los Angeles County Officers For Catalina Township Congressman, Hon, John D. Fredericks State Senator, Hon. H. A. Chamberlin. Faleted a system which takes water from tbe rge springs in Middle Ranch canyou and pumps it to the Summit, whence it is sent ,to the water mains of Avalon, a.nd may be piped to any other point on the Island State Assemblyman, Hon. H. E. Carter where needed This new supply of good County Supervisor, C. F. McClellan. Island water does away with the necessity for bringing drink;fig water from the mainland. Justice of the Peace. Ernest Windle. Almost 75,000,000 gallons of fresh water Constable, Edgar M. Harrison. were used in Avalon duriag 1922 Topographically, the Island is a series of Deputy Constable, Harold Stamford. high, prec~tpitous mountains and deep can- Deputy Constable, James J. B,ates. yons--dangerous gorges that have a scenic beauty almost indescribable. It is sixty miles Deputy U. S.'Marshall. D. M. Renton. in circumference, superficially 48,438 acres. The volcanic origin provided many inlets and bays that later collected silt and ~nall DO YOU PRIZE THAT pebbles, that now form the various beaches so popular among the visitors, anglers and MAGAZINE OR BOOK? campers. The great charm and attractive- ness of the Island is its ideal setting in the semi-tropical waters of the Pacific ocean; its mild and invigorating atmosphere; its almost daily sunshine, and the soft and gentle bree- zes that fan into restful quietude the weary and exhausted wayfarer from the haunts of commercial activity. The adjacent waters turnt$11 l~any wonders. Fish and marine vegetation, the marina gar- dens, seen through glass-bottom boata, are the delight and bewilderment of many thou- sands of tourists from all over the world. will appreciate it as they should. From 1602 to 1863, practically no histori- The Whittier State School is a cal data is available that is of interest. It school of opportunities, where advan- was "just an island m the Pacific ocean," visited occasionally by vesseL* passin~ up amt tages, educational and otherwise, are down the coast, t:aptain Phmeas Banning, offered. If any boy in the school willMr. Harris New.ark. and a party of friends visited the Island in 1859, and the outing use a little mental exertion, he will find was considered a memorable one. The gold ' mining boom commenFed in 1863, when Mr. that all the officials of the school are James Lick bought the property for $80,000, They will last much longer if they are bound in a neat cover; and that Radio Journal, or record, can be pre- served for future reference. How about that old prayer book or Bible? Doe.* it need a new cover? Let the Islander do it for you. Have you paid your subscription ttJ The Catalina islander. Make us haI py, too ! Thank you. ,'Watch the world come to Catal|na** :"