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William Wrigley Jr. and D.M.Renton at silver mine on Catalina. D-.M. Renton was a key to Wrigley's island development COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The current exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum examines the life Of William Wrigley Jr., andc how he transformed Catalina Island into a resort destination. When William Wrigley Jr. pur-. chased Santa Catalina Island in 1919, he did not anticipate the enormous challenges that lay ahead. The purchase of this island in the Pacific included a small i fishing community that lacked infrastructure and a fleet rof out- dated steamers. To tackle the infrastructure problem, Wrigley dug wells, cre- ated a reservoir .in the Island's Fall Bowling League Standings The following are Avalon Bowl- ing League standings through Oct. 29, courtesy of the Three Palms Arcade, Avalon: NEED A HOME LOAN? Sphere Chuckers--Wins: 9; Losses 1 Brew Crew-Wins: 8; Losses 3 Sin City--Wins: 7; Losses 1 Average Joes--Wins: 7; Losses 3 Los Sonsacones--Wins: 7; Losses 4 Strike Up Bowlers--Wins: 7; Losses 5 Brown's Bowlers--Wins: 6; Losses 5 Glory Bowl--Wins: 5; Losses 3 Pinheads--Wins: 5; Losses 6 Pair And Spares--Wins: 4; Losses 4 3 Men & A Lady--Wins: 3; Losses 7 Cat Bev & A Missflt--Wins: 3; Losses 7 Mexi-Can--Wins: 3; Losses 8 City Slickers--Wins: 3; Losses 8 Lucky Strikes--Wins: O; Losses 9 Interior and built the largest diesel- powered generator in California. He also renovated the fleet of ships that transported visitors to and from the Island. Massive building projects soon followed. Frequent transportation of contractors and building supplies posed a unique challenge for con- struction on Catalina Island. To solve this problem, Wrigley hired the Pasadena contractor D. M. Renton as manager of the Santa Catalina Island Company. The two met while Renton completed work on Wrigley's per- sonal home in Pasadena. Based on the quality of his work, Wrigley knew he was the man who could implement his plans for Catalina to become a popular resort desti- nation. While Wrigley spent much of his time in Chicago, he trusted Renton to oversee the Island's DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 Top: A postcard of the Hotel Atwater. Bottom: Wrigley Memorial Garden postcard, Photos courtesy of Catalina Island Museum major development projects in real estate development, public works, tourism and local indus- try, including mining and pottery production. Starting in 1920, Renton built the Atwater Hotel. This 160,-room hotel had to be completed in time for the summer season. To do this, Renton had machinery from his lumber mill relocated to the island to produce all of the furniture on- site. The hotel was built in combi- nation with a cafeteria covering an entire city block that could serve 1,500 visitors and was billed as the largest in the world. Renton went on to design and build Mt. Ada, a private residence for Wrigley on a hill overlooking the south end of Avalon, named after Wrigley's wife. He established a mine at Blackjack Mountain in 1923 and the Island enjoyed a successful mining industry until 1927 when international ore prices experi- enced a drastic drop. Constantly looking for water sources on the island led to a sys- tem of wells and reservoirs, which culminated in the construction of a 100,000,000-gailon reservoir, Wrigley, Page 9 Letters From page 4 year-round destination, and who is still going strong a quarter-of-a- century later. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you, Art, for your dedication to Catalina for all these years. Steve and Margaret Bray, Avalon Thanks to donors for football player We would like to say thank you to everyone for helping make our Dax McGregor Fundraiser such a success. A special thank you goes out to the following: Catalina Express, Catalina Transportation Services, Steve's Steakhouse, Adventure Tours, Avalon Bay News, The Catalina Islander, Holly Kern, Nancy Joos, Catalina Island MedSpa, SCICo, The Lobster Trap, Grace Atchison, High Tide Traders, Angela Bogard, Island Water Charters, CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING tN: , Conventional, FHA and Government Loans Refinance, Rate Reduction and Cash Out Loans 2rid Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 * FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: BTHorneLoans@aoLcom "SERVICE I$ MY COMMITMENT" U O ~ ~ G A G t Catalina Beverage, Vons, Olivia Hernandez, Southern California Edison, Island Threadz, Caf6 Metropole, Art Good's JazzTrax and Kelly Costello. forgotten anyone, we apologize. We were able to give Dax and his family over $2,000 to' help with their expenses. All of you make us proud to be from Catalina to call you all our neighbors and friends. Mary Boyd, Kim Felix and Judy Rios Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander?. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander editor at edito _- thecatalinaislander. com or call (310) 510-0500. November 2 Through November 8 Saturday and Thursday Shows at 4:30 & 7:30pro VotJ yow favodm mmddy mov l Vote at the C liM hdMd offl . Show,R Adult $15.00 Senior Child $13.00 For More Information Call 310-510-0179 .............. - .................................................................................................. "-. .............. ~ .............................................................................................................................................. 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