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PART TWO OF THREE. Beginning earlier this 3,ear, the Catalina Islander's weekly Time Capsule column periodically now goes further back in Catalina Island's history than ever before. This special feature called Cata- lina Rediscovered covers Avalon's history, with this issue continuing part 2 covering 124 years ago-- the year 1888. Water was piped to town from the two available springs: West Spring, 200-foot high, and East Spring, 350-foot high, to a tank 50 feet high behind the Metropole. Water to the hotel was pumped from a well by use of a windmill in the creek of Whittley Avenue to a hill top on East Whittley Av- enue above the hotel. (Board with room at the Hotel Metropole was enticing at $2/day.)Peter Gano had supervised the laying of these water pipes and so, on Nov. 2, he was granted the privilege of laying the first water pipes to any Ava- lon home, his eventual Holly Hill House. Mr. Whitney had W. C. Cal- houn build a frame home for his parents, Walter and Catherine Whitney, and himself and his wife, Edna (who had originally come up with the name of Avalon), on the comer of Vieudelou and Marilla avenues facing the bay. This be- came Avalon's first permanent residence and is still there. , P. G. Wooster, of Pasadena Playhouse fame, built on the north hill slope at the comer of Malden Lane and Crescent Avenue. The Elms' family opened Avalon's first Shell Store and Curiosities in a tent on the west comer of Whittley and Crescent Avenues. They had first visited the Island in 1885. On the side of the Elm's tent, George Ramsey, Avalon's first Negro, was a barber and polished shoes. A family friend, Peter Gano, a civil engineer, had been likewise visit- ing the Island since 1885. On April 14, 1888, Gano chose his favorite lot, Block B, on the eastern hillside facing west to Avalon, as the location for his new home. He originally pitched his tent on Block 1, Lot 8, while build- ing his pic!uresque home, which wouldn't be completed until 1890. The lot cost him $500. He later built two 32-foot stringers with The Holly Hill House stands as a Gano who helped build the help of Harry Elms, on the lower end of the ways for a shed to protect his sailboat, Osprey. MacLean, with the help of Alfred Carraher, set off the dynamite to correctly blast the sold rock mak- ing this possible. This is where the Catherine Hotel now resides. William Hunt decided to go into competition with the Elm's shell shop and started searching the shores for shells that he would pol- ish and sell from his pocket along the Hotel Metropole veranda. This upset Shatto, who said to Hunt, Bill, you have a large assort- ment of beach shells. You work I Diane Geraud, Rea|t0r-GRI I I E-Mail:Dgeraud@~runner .corn | hard polishing them and people are " 2 " foolish enough to pay you $3 and . .... ~__ ~=~., 45 for them. It's all very well for you to sell shells, but I'm tell you now that if you must wrap them, you have to quit wrapping them in my toilet paper. Hunt then ac- quired a tent house next to Wheel- er's Bakery where he opened a Shell Store with Charlie Hargitt. The Ferndale's brought the mail once a week. Following the Femdale, the Falcon took over. In the fall, . the sailboats White Wings and Sylvia car- ried the mail. A canvas bag with leather straps ordered by Shatto was used for the mail. On arrival, the mail was loosely shaken from the bag on top of the billiards table in the Metropole Ho- tel, whore each per- son found his/tier own word from home. In late 1888, Harry Elms was selected by Shatto legacy to people like Peter to take charge of the the house. Courtesy phOtOmail" Harry moved the mail to his Shell Store after the constant complaints of the billiard players that the mail interrupted their game. Elms had to purchase his own stamps to re- sell since he was not an appointee of the United States Post Office Department until 1889. On Oct. 29, Shatto brought minters over on the Catalina in hopes of interesting them in min- ing sil,ver. ' . Avalon now was officially a voting precinct and with 18 or 19: voters for their first Presidential Election, on November 6, werit'to i the voting booth in the Metropole Hotel. Vih 1-53 ~ t BD, 2 BA, cu~10m design, oceonviews! 5510,000 318 Clarisse - 0ul~ex, 2 BE, 18A down 1 BR, IBA uf~r v,~h vacation - rentd permit. $795,000 46 Upper Terrace. Duplex plus guest hum, Appruxi ' y 3700 sq. h. ofliving space. Incredible harbor and ocean v~ ~orn a~ un~. Decks, stornge, worksh much Call for prk CHECK OUT THESE GREAT OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES! 338 ~mNr - 38R, 2.5 ~ vottdi~ renld, Villa 2-27 - 2 BD, 2 great Vide C-.~I - 2 BI), 2 BA, h /fum d. S400,000 views of the ocean ! $549,000 328 Desmno Dqdex. 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Clarissa - $1,299,000 52 Fdrview Terrm - $499,000 339 Desamso - $579,000 162 Middle Terrace - $999,999 217 Beacon A - $629,000 HC Via 1-59 - $499,000 191Lowe~Temxe- $799,500 HC V'dla 2-32 - $379,000 227 Beoa~ A - $740,000 333 Oodsso - $849,000 117 Vieudulou - $925,000 257 E. Wldttley - $699,000 87 Sol Vista - $305,000 226 Clmissa - $899,000 38 R,ckln - S ,399,000 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... -r ........................................................................ THE CATALINA ISLANDER September 7, 2012 i 3