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EDMUNDSON, John E. (1869-1937), resident of Avalon since 1904 [Loud diary] and captain of the Adelaide. John and his wife, Nora, had two daughters, both born in Avalon:

  • Myrtle Edmundson [Martin] (1909- )
  • Ruth Edmundson [Baldwin] (1913-1985)

In the News~

May 20, 1937 [TI/Avalon]: “Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday (today) at the Avalon Congregational Church for the late Captain John Edmundson, aged 68, who passed away at his home, 327 Whittley Avenue, Wednesday. The services will be conducted by Elder Adams of the Adventist Church, assisted by Dr. Toomay and the Masonic Lodge. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, under the supervision of Ivy Overholtzer of 1719 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. Captain Edmundson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora F. Edmundson, and two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Baldwin of St. Helena, California and Mrs. Myrtle Martin, Montrose, California. Born in Bradford, England, Sept. 5, 1869, John Edmundson came to California when a young man and resided in Los Angeles for some time before coming to Avalon, almost 40 years ago. He was a very close friend of the late Captain Lawrence Casey, and upon his advice entered the party fishing business at Avalon by purchasing the fishing launch Adelaide. Many of the world famous anglers of the Catalina Tuna Club have fished from his launch, and several of them have established records for landing their catches. Captain Edmundson gaffed the fish after the anglers brought it to the side of the boat. Among his patrons who have fished from the Adelaide are William Farnum, Charles Chaplin, Carl E. Johnson, the late Dr. B. F. Alden, the late Col. John L. Stearns, the late W. A. Van Brunt, and many others. Captain Edmundson was very interested in sport fishing with rod and reel. He always aimed to keep the pastime at a high standard. Never would he permit any disqualified fish to be entered in the various angling tournaments. His contribution to sport fishing was one of is outstanding characteristics. He was a member of the Catalina Lodge of Masons, also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Knights of Pythias. The people of Avalon, through the columns of the Catalina Islander, desire to express to the bereaved family their sincere sympathy in the loss they have sustained in the death of Captain John Edmundson.”