GREENWELL, Arthur Cummings

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GREENWELL, Arthur Cummings(1866-1931), California-born son of U. S. Coast Survey employee, William E. Greenwell and Anna C. Cummings. Arthur Greenwell’s first wife was Captain Merry’s daughter, Daisy (1874-1927). They had three children:

  • Arthur Merry Greenwell (1893-1962)[SS#573-07-6333]
  • Marjorie [Overbaugh] (1894-1989)[SS#562-03-3825]
  • David William Greenwell (1896-1980)[SS#549-01-8498]

His second wife, whom he married in 1909, was Grace Violet Cavalleri (1881-1967)[SS#546-74-9671]. Greenwell died in Ventura on September 27, 1933. He is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery.



In the News~

July 7, 1901 [LAT/H]: “Captain T. H. Merry of the yacht Daisy, and T. E. Walker of the Alleene, returned from a trip to the islands today. The Daisy, which has a cabin, carried the feminine portion of the crew, while Captain Walker, with Arthur Greenwell and friends, sailed up to Santa Barbara. The Aileene has had her sail reduced and several feet taken off the mast, so she is now a much more seaworthy craft. The Channel Islands are becoming a very popular resort during the summer months for sailing parties.”


July 24, 1902 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop yacht Daisy, owned by Captain Merry of Hueneme, now holds the record time from this port to the Channel Islands. Leaving here Saturday under command of Artie Greenwell, Captain Merry’s son-in-law, she made the trip in three hours and twenty-five minutes, with Mr. Greenwell steering. This is the best time ever recorded from here to Santa Cruz Island. The passengers aboard were the captain, Mr. Greenwell, Captain Merry, Professor Reynolds of Ventura and Thomas Gould.”


May 28, 1903 [SBMP]: “Arthur Greenwell’s pretty little yacht Daisy was successfully launched yesterday. She has been thoroughly overhauled and refitted and will be one of the handsomest boats on the channel this summer, of which there promises to be quite a number. She will go to San Pedro today to participate in the regatta on the 30th.”


April 1, 1904 [SBI]: “Captain Merry arrived here from Hueneme last evening in his sloop yacht Daisy on his way to the islands in search of Jack King and Arley Peters, who left Hueneme March 22 in a small surf boat on a fishing excursion to Anacapa Island. The men expected to be gone less than a week, and their failure to return home has resulted in great anxiety on the part of their friends regarding their safety. Captain Merry was joined here by Arthur C. Greenwell, and they sailed for Anacapa last night in quest of the missing fishermen. They hope to find King and Peters on the island, in which event they will give them quick passage back to the mainland and relieve as quickly as possible the suspense of the amateur mariners’ friends regarding their fate.”


April 4, 1904 [SBI]: “Last Saturday evening Captain Merry and Arthur C. Greenwell returned home from the islands in the former’s yacht Daisy. As detailed in The Independent in last Friday’s issue, they went across the channel night before in quest of Jack King and Arley Peters of Hueneme, who had left that port on March 22 in a small surf boat on a fishing expedition to Anacapa Island, expecting to be gone a week, and from whom no tidings had been received by their anxious friends. The searching party found absolutely no trace of the missing fishermen. They sailed around all of the Channel Islands and scanned closely every spot on the beaches where craft of any size could make landing, without getting sight of either men or boat. Captain Colice Vasquez, who is over at the islands hunting for sea lions, has also been for several days on the lookout for the lost fishermen, but he has seen no trace of them, as he informed the Daisy’s crew. Although all efforts at their rescue have thus far been fruitless, it is by no means certain that the lost men have perished in the deep. It is thought very likely that, overtaken by some vessel out on the open sea, they may have been taken aboard and carried to the port whither the vessel was bound, in which event they must be heard from, sooner or later, according to the destination of the craft that rescued them.”


July 28, 1911 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Greenwell, and Mr. Tullock of Pasadena, expect to leave today on the Santa Cruz Island boat for Fry’s Harbor, where they will camp for a few weeks, as guests of the Caire estate, owners of the island.”


July 29, 1911 [SBMP]: “To Islands Today. The Gussie M, Captain Rosaline cruise to Santa Cruz Island with Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Ruiz and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Greenwell, who will camp at that place for a couple of weeks. Returning, the Gussie M will bring a cargo of abalone meat and shells from the Chinese camp at Forney's cove on the south side of the island. Vasquez also hopes to secure three seals for eastern shipment.”


August 20, 1911 [SBMP]: “Island Party Returns. Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz, Miss Ruiz, Arthur Greenwell and other members of a party that has spent three delightful weeks at Fry's harbor, Santa Cruz Island, have returned. They crossed the channel yesterday with Captain Rosaline Vasquez on the Gussie M. A comparatively smooth passage was reported, although Captain Vasquez states that earlier in the week a heavy ground swell was running. The Gussie M will take a party of Los Angeles people to the island Monday, for a camping trip.”