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The Cadman Family: Conclusion BY CINDY LOWE Rosie's first job on the Island was waiting tables at Island Cafe. From 1959 to 1969 she worked as a waitress - two years at Jack's Steakhouse and six years at The Attic. Rosie nd her husband Earl, first opened her own restaurant doors for busiriess on July 1, 1967. It was first named Avalon Seafood Fish Market and then later renamed Earl & Rosie's Avalon Seafood. Located at the end of the Green Pleasure Pier, the menu consisted of chowder, fish and chips, accom- panied with Rosie's special tartar and cocktail sauces. Their spe- cialty was the abalone steaks and abalone burgers (a delicacy rarely found today). They would utilize the entire abalone, even selling the shells to a local jeweler who de- signed some beautiful pieces. To make a success of the busi- ness, they not only had to first purchase the business, but had to invest on expensive kitchen equip- ment as well. "We opened up and were so busy that first day that we made enough money to pay for all of the equipment," she said with a proud smile. It was a family run business. Earl would catch the fish (he was a commercial fisherman), and Rosie would cook them. All the children pitched in performing various jobs alorigside their par- ents. Both Earl and Rosie loved life and lived by their motto to "live life to the fullest." Rosie was a party girl. After a long day of work, standing on solid concrete for nearly 15 hours cooking and serving, the workday would finally end. When they got home they would change out of their work clothes and into their party frocks, and go dancing all night long. Since their little restaurant was located on the pier where fish were- abundant, it was only natural to ap- point Rosie Cadman to the job of official "weigh master" weighing and recording the fish. "I would make a 'show' of it. How much do you think this fish weighs?" She would ask the crowd stirring them up to an excited frenzy. A canon would be fired every time a marlin and swordfish was caught. That got literally hundreds of people onto the pier to witness "Rosie's Weighing Show". In the back of the restaurant, they also ran a bait business. There was an incident when Rosie happened to be talking to a very frustrated yachtsman. This took place around the late 60's, early 70's when flying fish were still used for bait. Rosie listened intently to this yachtsman's plight. He told her that he could not catch anything, even if his life depended on it. Taking pity on this poor man, Rosie impulsively picked up one of the flying fish on the top of the pile and planted a great big kiss on it for luck. Later that day that same poor man came back to share the good news with her. He had caught a marlin. " Word got out and the .very next day there was a long line waiting for Rosie. Tfieir requests from then on - "Would you kiss my bait too?'" During the 1970's, Catalina Is- land began hosting Rugby Tourna- ments. At the end of each game, the huge players wot/ld always come to eat at Rosie's restaurant. They adored her cooking. Having an enormous appetite, they would eat ten times more than that of the average person. She remembered one time when the players would not even let her close. It was well beyond 10pm and still they wanted more to eat. Over the years celebrities en- joyed Rosie's food as well - Joey Bishop, singer Jack Jones, Julie Newmar (Catwoman-TV Show "Batman"), and Gregory Harrison (TV Show "Trapper John, M. D.") -just to name a few. Even Earl was known to share a drink or two with debonair actor Errol Flynn aboard his boat "The Sirocco". Rosie can recall one of her most embarrassing moments in her life; involving one of the most famous stars of all time. This embarrass- ing moment took place on New Year's Day inside Joe's Place res- taurant. Inside the restaurant there is a long breakfast bar and the bar stools were strategically spaced for guests to sit. As was her tradition, she would bestow each and every patron sitting on a bar stool a new year's kiss. When she came to the very last chair that curved toward the wall, the man who occupied that seat suddenly turned around. Rosie instantly recognized the man. He was none other than "The Duke" himself, John Wayne. - Without forethought, she blurt- ed out, "I can't kiss you. You're not an islander." The famous western actor spontaneously erupted into laughter. She was so embarrassed that she ran out of the restaurant and did not look back. Over the years, the Cadman family had made a great impact on Catalina Island history. Cindy Cadman, Rosie's third child, had only one request to make .- To have her wedding in the "Casino." Rosie went to the Island Co. with this request and they agreed. The wedding ceremony took place in the world's largest circu- lar ballroom on October 1,' 1972 uniting Michael Hippe with Cin- dy Cadman before 400 attending guests. Their wedding became the first wedding held inside the Ca- sino building. Second child Earlene and her husband Mike, along with friends Chuck Portz and Marty Thomas , started the first 50 miles, an aptly titled "The Avalon Hospital 50 Mile Benefit Run" in October of 1982. Twenty-four runners partici- pated that first year. Earl had a heart attack and passed away on May 2, 2002. He had a military funeral hosted by the American Legion on May 7, 2002 and was buffed in the Avalon Cemetery. An American flag was placed on his coffin. His bronze gravestone marker simply reads, "I Believe". Nicknamed "The Ham- mer" because of how he swung the golf club. After 37 years Of business, Rosie relinquished the reigns of her restaurant in December 2004 to entrepreneur Caleb Lins. "It is my home away from home," Rosie said nostalgically. She decided to retire to spend more time with her family. When asked what Rosie liked about Catalina, she replied, "Ava- lon has a close community. The people here are like family. They care and respect you. There isn't any place I would rather be. "To know someone through all these years ... She's completely loving to all ... never forgets you. She is God fearing and has open arms to anyone who she ever meets ... it's inspiring," Margie Szabo Paulson says about her friend. Today, Rosie's five children are still very close as a family should be. Roger, the eldest, is self-em- ployed and resides here on Cata- lina Island. Earlene lives in Grass Valley, CA and has four children - 3 boys and 1 girl). Cindy Hippe resides in Loveland, CO. She has two children. Jonathan lives in Apple Valley, CA. The youngest daughter, Janet, is a real estate agent and living in Huntington Beach. She has a total of 13 chil- dren. So if you do your math cor- rectly, Rosie has 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren with 3 more on the way. "Rosie, you are special to me, and I love you very much," a note Cadman, Page 9 NEWSPAPER A KI LLER WAY TO ADVERTISE 8 ' Friday, November 25, 2011 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER