DOULTON, Harold Josiah

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DOULTON, Harold Josiah (1860-1928) was the oldest son of Josiah Doulton and Emmeline Ritchie, original owners of the Montecito farm they purchased in 1876 that was later developed into the Miramar Hotel. In 1889 he married Elizabeth Stevens (1864-1947), and they had sons Harold Stevens (1890-1951) and Robert Henry (1892-1979). He served on the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors from 1906-1915, after which he was appointed to the newly formed Board of the Montecito Water District.

Doulton participated in the 1920s partition survey of Santa Cruz Island, along with Frank F. Flournoy and George W. McComber.

In the News~

May 26, 1894 [SBDI]: “The launch Chispa, with F. A. Woodworth, George Culbertson, Mr. Doulton, and others on board, has returned from the island trip.”

August 21, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Great anxiety is felt here on account of the non-appearance of Messrs. George Culbertson and William Bates. They left Gaviota Saturday morning in a small sailboat for this city, and have not been seen or heard of since. This morning a searching party, composed of Messrs. Harold Doulton, Charles and Fred Bates, started out in the gasoline launch, Chispa, to look for them.”

August 22, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Trying experience of a couple of men in a sailboat. After three days and two nights without food, William Bates and George Culbertson arrived last night on the stage from El Capitan. They left Gaviota on Sunday morning for this city, and were becalmed in the afternoon near More’s Landing. They laid there for awhile and then got in their small boat and rowed as long as they could, towing the sailboat. They dared not land, as the coast was too rocky in that vicinity, and on Saturday evening a strong southeast gale came up. They took in one sail and the other was blown away. They then dropped anchor and, overcome by exhaustion, laid down and went to sleep. During the night they drifted about twelve miles up the coast, dragging their anchor, and on Monday morning they left the boat and rowed ashore in the little boat, making El Capitan, where they awaited the stage. Charles Bates and Harold Doulton started this morning with the launch Chispa to bring back the sailboat.”

October 28, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Achilles, Captain Ellis, put to sea today with a crew of eighteen men. She will sail to San Miguel Island first, and if she finds no otter there will cruise down the channel as far as San Nicolas Island. Should she fail to find plenty of otter on the islands, she will then sail north along the coast, and will be gone all winter. Captain Ellis, in any event, expects to spend three months on the trip. The Achilles has a complete otter-hunting outfit, is well provisioned, and is a good, seaworthy vessel. Among the boats taken on board for the trip was Harold Doulton’s gasoline launch Chispa.”

October 26, 1894 [SBDI]: “The schooner Achilles, Captain Ellis, put to sea yesterday on an otter hunting expedition. She took along a crew of eighteen men and several boats including Mr. Doulton’s gasoline launch Chispa. They expect to spend the winter on this trip.”

November 21, 1894 [SBDI]: “The schooner Achilles, Captain Ellis, arrived in the harbor this morning from San Miguel Island, where they have been otter hunting for some time past. Owing to the heavy fogs and bad weather, however, they had very poor success. Mr. Harold Doulton who accompanied the party returned last night in his gasoline launch Chispa.”

September 2, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Mr. Doulton and a party of Miramar guests will go to Santa Cruz Island tomorrow, taking in the Painted Cave and other historic points. Captain Larco and his sons will take the party on board the Lizzie Belle W early in the morning, returning home tomorrow evening.”

September 16, 1911 [SBMP]: “How many thousand crawfish were taken from the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel yesterday, the first day of the open season, will never be known, but it is certain that the number was enormous... ‘It is said that one can almost walk on crawfish pots from Santa Barbara to Rincon in one direction, and to Point Conception in the other,’ Supervisor H. J. Doulton yesterday, ‘and on the islands, I am informed, the Japanese have hundreds of men engaged in catching crawfish...”

September 18, 1911 [LAT/SB]: “County Supervisor H. J. Doulton said yesterday that at the meeting of the board today he will advise and strongly advocate action toward the restriction of the crawfish business in the Santa Barbara Channel. With the opening of the season on Friday, hundreds of Japanese, Chinamen and Americans started to work in capturing the California lobsters. By night thousands of crawfish had been caught, and Doulton declared it would be only a short time until the supply would be thoroughly depleted. ‘We must protect this important industry and I will ask the board to pass some sort of law prohibiting the catching of crawfish to be sold outside of the county.’ The supervisor has many sympathizers in his proposed action and it is believed the board will sustain him.”

July 2, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton took Earl Miller and the two Doulton boys to Pelican Bay yesterday in the Gussie M. They will establish a camp there where they will be joined by a number of people July 5.”

July 14, 1913 [SBDN]: “The Miller-Doulton party, in camp at Pelican Bay, has an ideally complete camp, and the original plan for a two-weeks stay on the island will probably be amended in the way of an extension of time. After a few departures from the party’s ranks during the last few days, the gay company now numbers sixteen.”

July 25, 1913 [SBDN]: “The Miller-Doulton party, in camp at Pelican Bay for the past three weeks, will pull up stakes tomorrow morning and return to the mainland. The members of the company all express regret at leaving the scene of their round of island pleasures.”

June 6, 1919 [SBMP]: “Craft of every description, freight haulers, passenger ships, pirate brigs, from one mast up, have sailed the placid waters that form Santa Barbara’s channel. Those persons whose course happened to be the coast highway Tuesday morning were, however, filled with a deep curiosity, tinged with a certain doubt but their eyes belied them, when they glimpsed, riding the swells down the east coast, a weird sea-going device not before seen by mortal man. A pontoon raft, rigged with a square sail, manned by a lone mariner, equipped with a couple of steering breeches, was what met their incredulous gaze. But she rode jauntily onward, proving to the onlookers that the habiliments of a steam yacht, or upholstered passenger steamer, are not necessary in the realms of true seamanship. Captain George Gourley, whose headquarters are Stearn’s Wharf, was the captain, second mate, cabin boy and pilot of the pontoon craft, and 30 minutes was the time made between the wharf and Miramar. When Bob Doulton, whose father is the owner of the Miramar, was asked what he considered an exorbitant price for towing the Miramar swimming raft down the coast, he sought Gourley for advice. Young Doulton, who but recently returned from the navy, is no mean seaman himself, and so far as captain is concerned there are none better. Together they figured out the idea of sailing the little raft to her destination on her own ‘power.’ Arriving off the Miramar beach, the intrepid pilot of the vessel was met by a bevy of mermaids who swam to the raft in high glee, and showered the captain with salt water and praise.”

September 27, 1920 [SCICo]: “Mr. Harry Doulton, Miramar, My dear Mr. Dolton: I understand that you have had a party camped in Lady’s Harbor Santa Cruz Island since Tuesday, September 21st. I wish to notify you to haul them off immediately and bring no more parties to Santa Cruz Island without first obtaining permission from this office. The Island is not and never has been a public campground. Yours truly, Clifford McElrath, Superintendent, The Santa Cruz Island Company.”

February 18, 1923 [SBMP]: “Referees will start island partition March 1. Legal obstacles put aside and party is ready to enforce court order. Resort plan hinted. Santa Cruz Island used as Mexican penal colony before U.S. took it over. Partitioning of Santa Cruz Island will begin about March 1, Frank F. Flournoy, one of the referees appointed by Judge S. E. Crow, announced yesterday. The court having denied a motion to hold up the work, nothing prevents immediate action, he said. At that time, Mr. Flournoy, accompanied by George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, the other referees, will make an extended tour of the island and lay preliminary plan...”

March 13, 1923 [SBMP]: “New attempt to halt island partition. Caire estate appeals lost motion seeking to curb referees. Another step, aimed at to hold up the partition of Santa Cruz Island, was taken yesterday when the Caire interests, chief owners, filed a bill of exception, appealing to the higher court from the ruling of Judge S. E. Crow, which denied a motion to instruct the referees in the matter of expenses and making maps. In the motion made by F. P. Deering of San Francisco, it was claimed that existing maps and plats of the island are sufficient for the purpose of participation. The motion also asked that the court instruct the referees, Frank F. Flournoy, George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, to take orders from none but the court in making the survey...”

March 13, 1923 [SBMP]: “Government may own portion of Santa Cruz Island under Mexican grant and patents. Research shows maps and plats in conflict, but over 3,000 acres uncovered by land patents; excess areas cause speculation. The United States government has claim to a portion of Santa Cruz Island. This became known last week when preliminary work was done preparatory to the sailing of the referees yesterday morning to start a partition of the island under decree of the Santa Barbara superior court, upheld by the Supreme Court, in the case of Aglae S. Capuccio vs. Arthur J. Caire, and others. Under the terms of the settlement, the Capuccio interests will be assigned two-sevenths of the estate and the Caire estate the remainder. One of the first questions to be considered by the referees, Frank F. Flournoy, George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, is how much of the island is contained in the original land grant...”

March 17, 1923 [SBMP]: “Engineers will survey island water line. Equipped with lifelines, first accurate map will be made. Frank F. Flournoy, one of the referees appointed to partition Santa Cruz Island, will leave with a party of six surveyors Monday morning to make a detailed survey of the island. Mr. Flournoy, accompanied by George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, the other referees, returned Thursday night from their initial trip. Making a complete cruise around the island in the Sea Wolf, under Captain Ira Eaton, they located nine camps for the survey to begin Monday...”

September 3, 1924 [SBMP]: “Isle partition truce reached. Resumption of Surveys for division of Santa Cruz property planned. Decision to complete the partition of Santa Cruz Island in accordance with an order given by Superior Judge S. E. Crow and sustained by the Supreme Court was reached by the referees yesterday, according to Frank F. Flournoy. Mr. Flournoy, George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton were appointed to survey and divide the island between contesting owners and had completed about half the work when the suit was reopened in the federal courts. Mr. Flournoy and a party of engineers will leave for the island today and remain a week, he announced yesterday...”

October 2, 1924 [SBMP]: “The survey of Santa Cruz Island which was ordered four years ago by the Superior Court will be completed in about 30 days, as soon as field notes are transcribed and maps completed, Frank F. Flournoy announced yesterday upon his return from the island. Mr. Flournoy is one of the three referees appointed by Judge Crow to settle the dispute over subdivision of the island. H. J. Doulton and George McComber will assist Mr. Flournoy in allotting two-sevenths of the island to the heirs represented by Mrs. A. Capuccio, while remaining portions will go to the faction headed by Arthur J. Caire. Mrs. Capuccio has announced her intention of improving the portion of the island allotted to her and possibly selling it. The division will be made so as to allow her two-sevenths of the appraised value of the island, including harbors and agricultural land.”

December 28, 1924 [SBMP]: “Island report will be read. Santa Cruz referees are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. The final report of the referees on partitioning of Santa Cruz Island will be made to Superior Judge S. E. Crow tomorrow afternoon and set for hearing, according to the court calendar. The filing of the report will be the signal for another court battle in the seven years’ litigation to determine whether or not Mrs. Aglae S. Capuccio has a right to dispose of her one-seventh share of the island as she sees fit. Mrs. Capuccio has been upheld in her suit against the Caire estate by Judge Crow and the Supreme Court has confirmed his judgment. Frank F. Flournoy, H. J. Doulton and George W. McComber were appointed by the court to partition the 60,000-acre island as a basis for setting aside Mrs. Capuccio’s separate estate. It is this report which is due to be submitted to the court tomorrow.”

December 30, 1924 [SBMP]: “Island partition report postponed. The report of the referees on the partition of Santa Cruz Island was indefinitely postponed by Superior Judge S. E. Crow yesterday when he ordered the matter dropped from the calendar to be restored on five-days’ notice. The referees, Frank F. Flournoy, H. J. Doulton and George W. McComber, have completed their final report.”

February 10, 1925 [SBMP]: “Island report to be heard tomorrow. The hearing on the referees report on partitioning Santa Cruz Island will open in the superior court at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning when the contesting parties will be represented by San Francisco attorneys. The referees, Frank F. Flournoy, George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, have retained attorney William J. Griffith to represent them in court in an effort to obtain their fee and expense allowance of approximately $28,000. The extreme east end of the island has been set aside by the referees to Mrs. Aglae S. Capuccio and Edmund Rossi, who, according to their attorneys, expect to develop it as soon as the referees’ report is accepted.”

February 27, 1925 [SBMP]: “Island suit peace seen. Two owners pay share of cost of dividing 62,000-acre tract. An early settlement of the suit over partitioning Santa Cruz Island was indicated yesterday when Mrs. Aglae S. Capuccio and Edmund A. Rossi paid their share of the cost of dividing the 62,000-acre estate between seven contesting parties. The significant part of the settlement made yesterday is the fact that court had allowed the parties 30 days after final acceptance of the referees’ report in which to pay the costs, and the final hearing has been set for argument on March 18. A receipt for $2372.58 was filed with the county clerk yesterday by Frank F. Flournoy, H. J. Doulton and George W. McComber. This amount covers costs only and does not include the shares of $37,500 commission already agreed to by the owners of the island...”

March 19, 1925 [SBMP]: “Court continues island hearing. Case will be reset by Crow next Monday; report also deferred. The hearing on the partitioning of Santa Cruz Island which was to have been held in the superior court yesterday morning was continued until next Monday, to be reset by Judge S. E. Crow on motion of attorney W. G. Griffith, representing the referees. Both the report of referees Frank F. Flournoy, George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton and the objection by Mrs. Aglae S. Capuccio and Edmund A. Rossi were continued yesterday.”

March 31, 1928 [SBMP]: “Death claims president of company. Manager of Santa Barbara Miramar dies after two weeks’ illness. Prominent citizen. Survived by widow and two sons living in this city… Harry J. Doulton, president of the Miramar Hotel Company… died at 5 o’clock yesterday in his bungalow on the hotel grounds… Because of his knowledge of the Channel Islands, Judge S. E. Crow appointed him as one of the three partitioners of Santa Cruz Island during the litigation of some years ago…”