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REAL ESTATE Catalina Rediscovered 1889 Researched by Chuck Liddell, Compiled by Jennifer Leonhardi In addition to the regular weekly "Time Capsule" segments covering 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago, this column will periodi- cally feature a special "Catalina Rediscovered" segment covering Avalon's history. With 1887 and 1888 done, this one will take us back 123 years to 1889! Based on documents from the Catalina Island Museum's extensive archive of journals, such as the Catherine MacLean Loud manuscripts, contempo- rary newspapers, oral history interviews, and old photographs, "Catalina Rediscovered" will cover Avalon's very beginnings, from 1887-1915. If you have any questions, sug- gestions, comments, or woul like to have copies of 1887 and 1888, please contact Chuck Liddell, Liddell@Catalinas.net, (310) 753-1854. If you would like to be a Facebook "friend," please sub- mit that request. That is a good way to be kept advised of any his- torical work that I am doing. ~ FEATURED PROPERTY ~ 344 Clarissa Completely remodeled and rebuilt, 2 BR, 2 BA beach cottage, off street parking, deck, move right in. S61O, OOO 1889, Part 1 Water was still the greatest con- cern of this now expanding town of "Avalon." On January 14, Peter Gano, Seton Eddy, Harry Elms, A1 Carraher, Harry Poiley,:and Ch.ar- lie Hargitt laid a 1 1/2" water pipe from the Rock Spring Valley, west of AvalonCanyon, ,[l'ke.axt dy,a I 1/4" pipe was laid out to Gano's property. Gano had brought over his horse "Mercury" (sometimes re- ferred to as "Fash") in January to start working with him on the con- struction of his home. The horse was lowered over the stern of the "Falcon" and swam to shore. For the inhabitants of the Is- land, being isolated as they were from the mainland and often cut off due to heavy winds and storms, the "Agassiz Society," Chapter A, No. 861, was formed February 5, with 18 members, started by Mrs. Sophia A. Wheeler (b. 1838), Ava- lon's first teacher. It soon grew to 24 members. The intent was the "purpose of collecting and discussing natural objects of facts." These "facts" consisted of natural hi stgry,.of "biography, and Of cientific and historic literature. The meetings were held in the "Avalon Home"/ Wheeler Hotel and Bakery" (where "Lloyd's" and "Catalina Cantina" now are located). John D. MacLean's (b. April, 1860, Scotland) built his home On the corner of Beacon of Metropole (present!ocation of the "St. Lau- ren Hold") with 14-foot x. 1-inch x 20-inch redwood and square nails (round nails weren't developed un- til later that year). There wasn't any "road" on Bea- con, just the name, and a narrow footpath. Edwin Whitney (b, Janu- ary 1852, Ireland) was ia0/l.;), of the freight andhad the" of horses. He deli_ver' -_ d' up the.steep lnchne. " .... Many inhabitants ihdieated that in order to stay in .Avalon, they would have to have better and more dependable transportation to An early view of Catalina's iconic Holly Hill House. which was first constructed in 1889 by Peter Gano. The house has a fascinating construction story as it was built with the help of Gano's , horse Mercury. The historic building is currently under renovation. Courtesy photo the mainland. To their delight, the Banning Company complied to their needs and on February 26, the new luxu- rious steamer, "Hermosa" arrived to take up it's place in the annuls of maritime service to Catalina. The townspeople left their work and came out to greet the 130 pas- sengers,-   . :.. .......... . The ship served meals in it's dining room, had a piano in the social hall, was illuminated with electricity, and the staterooms were rentable for passage and overnight stays in Avalon. A uniformed band on board was decked out in blue suits in gold braid on collars and cuffs with gold tassbls on the hats. They played popular tunes while Capt.. Alex Smith brought her safely into port. Peter Ganors home was coming along, with the help of A1 Carraher and Jimmy Elms who had planted eucalyptus and cypress trees on the property. The basement had already been laid. Unfortunately, a heavy 2- l/2-inch rain storm on March 13 caused a delay in the building as it overturned Gano's outhouse and shook his stable. In April, Professor William Brandegee searched the hills.with Harry Polley for botanical speci- mens. One of Harry's famou s finds was the "Catalina . Dogwood," "Cornus Polleyi" named after?him. One shrub-of 15 feet ip height was found oaa steep hill slope above a small stream. Unbeknownst to anyone else, Shatto was having financial prob- lems and was thinking about selling the Island to the "English International Mining Syndicate, Ltd.." As early as February, Pro-i lessor Defty, a new resident and member of the "Agassiz Society". was studying the geology of the Is-; land. He was particularly interest- .... ed in "rocks" found on the Island and continually haunted John Ma- cLean for examples. To shut him up, MacLean produced a rock that he had brought when working on the "Canadian Pacific Railway." This stumped Defty, but kept him from further inquiries. It turned out that Defty was the syn- dicate's mining engineer, in coop- eration with Colonel Charles Fred- erick Smith, the solicitor and head of the English syndicate. It was finally made public on May 5 that Shatto was planning to sell Cata- lina to the syndicate, including 20 acres for a lighthouse and two blocks of Avalon property. Shatto excluded the mining claim, known as "Small Hill" (also known as the "Boushey Mining Claim), and 80 designated lots. The transaction was going to cost $400,000; deposit of $40,000 with remaining due on August 11, 1892, when Shatto was to pay off the money still owed by the Lick Estate, from whom Shatto had pur- chased the island. It turned out that Professor Defty was interested in the "rocks" because the syndicate Time Capsule, Page 5 the Davicl:..Sirnpson Co. BUILDING:CONTRACTORS / Spedalizing in Kitchens, Baths, Remodels & Repairs Now Offering Very Affordable GRANITE COUNTERTOPS 31o-89z-lo8o Local References FREE ESTIMATES Licensed & Bonded DRE License # 01394874 55 Sol Wlsta: 2 BE, 2 BA, 1350 SF+/- remanded cw, w den,y unit for added incor. $489,00e 229 .L A- 2 BR, 2.5 BAtmlmme, 1,409SE+/- full man rows, reml pe't S799,000 318 Clarissa - Duplex.2 BR, 1BA down . I 8R, IBA upper wdh vacation rental perm'it. $795,000 : 46 Upper Terrace- Duplex plm guest house. 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