HYDER, Alvin

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Alvin Hyder (R) working the sled lines, c. 1918
Hyder House, Santa Barbara Island
Photo by Lowell Sumner
Alvin Hyder outside the barn, Santa Barbara Island, c. 1918

HYDER, Alvin (1881-1938), born in Missouri on January 26, 1881, lived in San Pedro and became a well-known local sea captain, Santa Barbara Island homesteader and run-runner who hauled stock and supplies to all the California Channel Islands. Hyder and his family homesteaded on Santa Barbara Island between 1914 and 1929 where they farmed potatoes, corn, oats and barley, and ran up to 300 hundred head of sheep. Hyder hauled drinking and irrigation water from the mainland.

Of the east end of Santa Cruz Island, Pier Gherini wrote [1966]: “Shipping of livestock posed an even greater problem. During the early years we relied upon Alvin Hyder, a little man with remarkable skill. Hyder owned a 65-foot work boat called the Nora. He transported animals for us for several years. He also hauled livestock from San Clemente, San Nicolas and San Miguel islands. While no doubt he was a skilled operator, Hyder’s time schedules left something to be desired. Either through other commitments or a general disdain for time and schedules, the Nora would often arrive days late. Upon arrival, he always expected everything to be ready, and loading to commence without delay. All of this pointed to the very obvious fact that sooner or later we had to have our own boat.”

Al Hyder = Annie Garvin (New Mexico):

  • Nora (1904-1995)
  • Denton Ozias “Buster” (1906-1994)

[different woman?]

  • Alva Princine Hyder (1925-1998)
  • George E. Hyder (1927-1947) [killed in a car accident at age 20]


Al Hyder was drowned at San Nicolas Island on March 24, 1938 when his boat, Nora II, capsized during a sheep-hauling run. His son, Buster, made it safely to shore. Al Hyder's body was never found.

Buster Hyder describes his father:

“My dad was always on the water. He come from Missouri and landed down in Bolsa Chica Bay in Newport. He went on to sailing ships. He was deck hand, and finally he was skipper… My dad was nuts to be interested in Santa Barbara Island. He was just a hard workin’ guy… My dad built the house before I got here [on the island]. He came over and built the thing—him and his two brothers, Cleve and Clarence. Then I came over later. They built a long house with a section in it. Clarence and his family lived on the opposite end of the house. The material for the house came from San Pedro—the ol’ fish markets in San Pedro…”



In the News~

March 22, 1901 [LAT/SP]: “The powerboat Clemente, which was burned to the water’s edge in the inner harbor several months ago, has been rebuilt, and will enter the fishing trade. Her owners are Alvin Hyder and P. Elliott.”


May 8, 1901 [LAT/SP]: “Harry Olsen left San Pedro two weeks ago with the gasoline boat May, intending to bring a lot of sheep from Clemente Island. His wife became alarmed at his long absence, and Charles Foss and Al Hyder started Sunday to go in search of him, but before they had put out to sea they learned that on account of stress of weather, Olsen had been staying all the while at Avalon.”


November 22, 1901 [SN]: “Los Angeles. Tale of terrible suffering endured on San Nicolas Island. Lived on coffee and salt. Subsisted for a time on raw gulls and were about to eat a cat—relief effected after thrilling adventure. A San Pedro special says that Captain Alvin Hyder, of the power craft Western, and E. S. Stout of San Pedro succeeded in making their way to San Nicolas Island and rescuing three young fishermen left there to starve, while the settlement of difficulties between Captain Frank Manha of the schooner May, and the W. J. McGimpsey Fish Company of Los Angeles, is pending in the courts. The Western brought the rescued men to San Pedro Sunday morning. The fishermen, who give the names of J. Logan, E. M. Richards and William Junker, tell harrowing stories of their experiences while marooned. For more than a week they had lived on dry coffee and coarse salt, as their provisions had lasted only five days after they left San Pedro in the latter part of October. A storm prevented their catching fish, and for six days the only food they had was the raw meat of sea gulls they succeeded in killing with rocks. When rescued they were preparing to kill their pet cat, having saved her as a last resort. Captain Hyder says the men attempted to row out to his boat in a small skiff, but were so weak from privation and the waves were so high they were swamped completely. Their skiff was capsized and the oars lost. The men were almost drowned before they were dragged out. They collapsed after their rescue, and could barely move a muscle. The captain says the men would have died if left on the island a week longer. The Western had a stormy passage to San Nicolas, and many times disaster seemed imminent. The occupants had to lash themselves to the rigging and the hatches had to be nailed…”


January 5, 1902 [LAT]: “San Pedro. Lobster schooner missing. The power schooner Bell, Captain Harry Olsen, engaged in the lobster trade, sailed from this port last week Friday, and since then no tidings have been received of her. While she is not entirely given up, there are grave fears for her safety. One other man, whose name is not stated, was with Captain Olsen on the Bell. It was expected that the Bell would touch at Point Dume and visit Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands. If there had been no disablement of her engine she could have returned within three days. Captain Al Hyder of the powerboat Clemente will put out this evening and make further search for the Bell. It is possible that the missing boat has had an accident such as has made it necessary for her to put in to some of the Channel Islands for repairs.”


January 19, 1902 [LAH]: “Captain Hyder will leave here tomorrow in his schooner, the Clemente, for Santa Barbara, to bring back the little schooner Belle, which belongs to Captain Harry Olsen. The vessel is not very badly damaged, and will be put into shape for a small amount of money.”


March 14, 1902 [LAT]: “The power sloop Clemente, Captain Al Hyder, came into port Wednesday, with one of the biggest specimens of ocean game caught in these waters for a long time. It was a big black fish, somewhat like a porpoise, about ten feet in length, and was taken after a battle that threatened to send the good little craft and her gallant crew down to Davey Jones’s locker. The Clemente was out on a fishing trip between Catalina and Clemente islands Wednesday forenoon. The monster was seen at the surface, not far from the boat, and a shot was taken at it with a rifle. The bullet struck the sea, and glanced so as to hit the fish. Maddened, but not seriously crippled, the big fellow made an angry leap out of the water and at the boat, but its aim was poor, and it did not strike the craft amidship. If it had, the story probably wouldn’t be told till the toot of Gabriel’s horn. As it was, the fish struck the fore rigging, and became entangled. Then, as it hung above the sea, there was a struggle such as it is the fortune of few people to witness. Madly trying to free itself, the monster shot its mighty tail right and left, smashing off the bowsprit, tearing the rigging to bits, and threatening to send the craft and men in her to the bottom. After considerable difficulty in getting good aim, a bullet was sent true and the monster was dead. It was brought to port and turned over to W. H. Wickersham, agent for the Morgan Oyster Company, who forwarded it to the company’s office in Los Angeles.”


November 16, 1902 [LAT]: “W. J. McGimpsey, proprietor of the McGimpsey Fish Company of Los Angeles, called at the Times office yesterday and gave his version of the treatment and rescue of the three men who were left on San Nicolas. He said that the men, Ed Richards, William Yunker and J. Logan, were not starving on the island, and that they made no statements to such effect. He also said that he, himself, was responsible for their rescue, a fact omitted in the report. ‘I left the men there,’ he said, on November 1, and promised to return on the 12th. When that time arrived and I had completed preparations to make the trip with a load of provisions, Captain Manha refused to take out the schooner May, and so I was left in the lurch. ‘I knew that the men could hold out for a few days longer on the provisions they had, but I made every effort, despite this uncertainty, to reach them with a fresh store. Thursday afternoon I secured the Western, owned by the Western Fish Company, and sent Captain Hyder out with all possible haste. When he reached the men they had plenty of fish, potatoes and some coffee. They returned to San Pedro Saturday evening, seemingly none the worse for their experience. One of the men told me that he would like to return.’”


November 17, 1902 [LAT/SP]: “Saved from horrid fate. Marooned starving fishermen rescued. Week without food on bleak San Nicolas Island. Dauntless San Pedro mariners brave the storm to carry succor. After a daring adventure in a small boat, Captain Alvin Hyder, master of the power craft Western, and E. S. Stout of this city, succeeded in making their way to San Nicolas Island and rescuing the three young fishermen who had been left there to starve, while a civil difficulty pended settlement in the courts between Captain Frank Manha of the schooner May, and the W. J. McGimpsey Fish Company of Los Angeles. The Western returned to San Pedro with the men this morning…”


March 29, 1903 [LAH]: “Departed. Launch Ruby, Captain Hyder, for Redondo.”


April 10, 1903 [LAH]: “Arrived. Power boat Western, Captain Hyder, from Santa Barbara Island.“


April 25, 1903 [LAH]: “Arrived. Power boat Western, Captain Hyder, from Anacapa Island.“


June 18, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “Launch Hyder, Captain Hyder, sailed for Alamitos Bay.”


August 4, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “Launch Samoa, Captain Hyder, sailed for Alamitos Bay with a raft of logs.”


December 6, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “Movement of ‘Mosquito’ Fleet. Arrived—Monday, December 5. Launch Seminole, Captain Hyder, for Santa Cruz Island.”


December 9, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “On the waterfront. Port San Pedro, Los Angeles. Arrived. Thursday, December 8. Launch Seminole, Captain Hyder, from Santa Cruz Island, with 3190 pounds of lobsters.”


December 23, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “Captain Al Hyder of the launch Seminole has closed a contract with the Alamitos Beach Company to tow 150,000 feet of lumber from the wharf of the Southern California Lumber Company to Alamitos Bay.”


December 24, 1904 [LAT]: “Captain Al Hyder of the launch Seminole has closed a contract with the Alamitos Beach Company to tow 150,000 feet of lumber from the wharf of the Southern California Lumber Company to Alamitos Bay.”


August 13, 1906 [SF Call]: “The new launch Nora, recently built and owned by Al Hyder, has been placed in commission in the Diamond Line of small steamers plying between San Pedro and Long Beach daily. W. H. Freedman has been retained as agent.”


November 9, 1907 [San Pedro Daily News]: “The launch Nora was hauled on the ways at the Western Boat Works yesterday to have repairs and a new fourteen horse power engine installed. Next spring another engine will be added, making the launch a triple screw boat.”


February 11, 1908 [LAH]: “The launch Nora, which has just been rebuilt at San Pedro, her length being increased from thirty-six feet to sixty-two feet, will be put in commission again tomorrow, running between this city and San Pedro and alternating with the Music on trips from the local pier to Catalina Island. Two engines and twin screws give the Nora a speed of eleven knots.”


January 8, 1908 [LAH]: “The launch Nora has been cut in half at a boat works at West Long Beach and fifteen feet more will be added amidships.”


March 26, 1908 [SF Call]: “The power launch Nora, Captain Al Hyder, arrived this morning from Magdalena bay with mail from Admiral Evans' fleet.”


March 26, 1908 [LAH]: “The power launch Nora, Captain Hyder, arrived this morning from Magdalena Bay with mail from Admiral Evans' squadron. Nora left Magdalena March 18.”


May 28, 1908 [LAH]: “Service to Avalon will be started by launch. Venice, May 27.—The launch Nora, Capt. Plaisted, is the craft which will open a direct service between the Windward Avenue pier and Avalon, Catalina Island. The first trip will be made June 16 and the fare for the round trip will be only $1. The Nora is now at San Pedro. From Venice to Avalon is about ten miles farther than from San Pedro to Avalon, but the land haul from Los Angeles to the sea is much shorter and quicker to Venice. The Nora has a capacity of 100 passengers.”


February 7, 1910 [San Pedro Daily News]: “The launch Nora which has been for some time past engaged in fishing, was reported yesterday morning to be going on the Long Beach run.” triple screw craft or has been, for today she goes on the ways at Fulton's that Warner may take out one of the engines and shaft, to put into the new forty-five-foot boat which Mr. Hyder is having built by the Fulton Marine Construction Company.


June 9, 1910 [LAH]: “The launch Nora returned today from a cruise down the Mexican coast with a party of prospectors. The party went 150 miles south of Cedros Island.”


August 23, 1910 [San Pedro Daily News]: “The gasoline excursion launch Nora, belonging to Al Hyder, now, when operating, goes out from Venice. She is a a triple screw craft or has been, for today she goes on the ways at Fulton's that Warner may take out one of the engines and shaft, to put into the new forty-foot boat which Mr. Hyder is having built by the Fulton Marine Construction Company.”


September 13, 1910 [San Pedro Daily News]: “Henry Sanders, connected with the Bell Barlber Shop, Beacon Street, south of Sixth, went to Venice by sea Sunday in the launch Nora, Capt. Al Hyder, and it is reported that he was very seasick on the voyage.”


August 5, 1912 [LAH]: “Three near death in surf at Venice. Venice, Aug. 5.—Two men ad a woman narrowly escaped death by drowning at Venice yesterday. Mrs. W. R. Driscoll fell from the launch Nora into the bay. Her husband jumped overboard and the two were rescued by the crew on the Nora. Mrs. Driscoll was hysterical but uninjured. Walter Benford of Hollywood was saved from drowning by Life Guard Dave Moreno. Benford swam beyond the breakers and was caught in a rip tide which carried him to sea. Moreno plunged into the surf and reached the sinking man just as he was about to give up through exhaustion. Benford was unconscious when brought to land.”


August 5, 1912 [LAH]: “Woman refuses name. [Nat] Goodwin, in company with a woman member of his company who refused to give her name, engaged the launch Nora, Captain Albert Hyder of Santa Monica, to make a trip up the coast today with a view of locating some land which he said he wished to buy and convert into a summer resort. The woman had a note which she told Captain Hyder was for an Indian who lived near Hueneme, and when a spot twelve miles south of that place had been reached, she espied an Indian's hut and demanded that Captain Hyder take her note ashore and give it to the Indian. Hyder refused because of the strong tide and rough breakers, but Goodwin, taking off his coat and vest, grabbed the note and jumped into a rowboat telling Hyder to follow him. Boat falls on actor. As the boat reached the breaker line it was overturned. Goodwin was thrown upon shore and stunned. Hyder being thrown several feet away from him. With the next roll of breakers the boat was brought ashore and thrown upon Goodwin, rendering him unconscious. Hyder finally succeeded in getting Goodwin into the launch and hurried to Santa Monica, where the actor was placed in St. Catherine's hospital. At 9:30 tonight after a more thorough examination Goodwin's physician announced that the actor's injuries, while painful, were not as serious as at first thought, and that Mr. Goodwin would not be confined to the hospital beyond tonight. Bruises and cuts constituted the most serious of the actor's injuries.”


August 16, 1912 [LAH]: “Breakers bump brave beau. Naughty Nat is nipped Neptuning. I'll save her, cries hero; stand back for the captain. When actor wakes up, nameless she reveals how near tragedy came to pass. Los Angeles, Aug. 15.—Nat C. Goodwin, the actor, was seriously injured about noon today at Rocky Point, twelve miles south of Hueneme, by first being thrown from a skiff on the rocks by the strong breakers, and then by being struck by the boat itself as it was dashed ashore. Woman refuses name. Goodwin, in company with a woman member of his company who refused to give her name, engaged the launch Nora, Captain Albert Hyder of Santa Monica, to make a trip up the coast today with a view of locating some land which he said he wished to buy and convert into a summer resort. [continues as above article...]

August 24, 1912 [LAT/SM]: “The gasoline launch Flyer of Long Beach, a sixty-foot vessel, came near foundering in the channel opposite this city this afternoon, after her air-pressure whistle tank had exploded, tearing a great hole in her side, deck and ribs… Captain Al Hyder of the launch Nora, and Captain King of the launch McKinley, hastened to the spot… As soon as the Nora and McKinley arrived, the men began to pump the Flyer out. Captains King and Hyder worked hard, and had reduced the water sufficiently to repair the break in three hours. At 9 o’clock tonight the boat, still upheld between the Nora and McKinley, was awaiting a tug from San Pedro to tow her back to Long Beach.”


August 27, 1912 [LAT]: “Captain Al Hyder, owner and master of the launch Nora, which was instrumental in saving C. B. Linton’s launch Flyer from going to the bottom after an air tank explosion, says that the State boiler and hull inspectors have paid no attention to air tanks for whistles and other purposes aboard gasoline vessels, although these are the most dangerous of any machinery aboard. No rules regarding air tanks for whistles are contained in the regulations given masters, he says, and he thinks that the recent explosion on the Flyer will prove a good thing for public safety in that it will direct the attention of inspectors to the necessity for a more rigid inspection of vessels in this regard. Hyder took his vessel to San Pedro today, where she will go on the ways and be given a thorough overhauling, when he will test her whistle gauge and tanks.”


September 1, 1912 [LAT]: “Goodwin’s acting days may be over… The danger centers around a crushed pelvis which was not discovered during the hurried examination following his recent injury by the capsizing of a dory in the surf… Goodwin was injured August 15 while cruising with Miss Moreland and Captain Al Hyder…”


September 20, 1912 [LAT]: “Nat C. Goodwin, the comedian, now a helpless cripple… His pelvis bone broken… Goodwin, his secretary, Miss Moreland, and the captain, Al Hyder, started in the actor’s yacht to look at some property on a sand strip beyond Yerba Buena canyon on the Malibu coast, on August 15, during the brief period of excessively high tides which prevail at that time. On arriving at that place the entire party was going to land, but owing to the heavy surf running at the time, Captain Hyder refused to allow Miss Moreland to get into the small boat. He and Goodwin went alone. As the boat neared the shore a high sea overturned it… Captain Hyder fought for twenty minutes before he could rescue Goodwin, who was almost hopeless, having been dashed against the rocks before Hyder could reach him…”


September 30, 1912 [San Pedro Daily News]: “Offer bribe to an old seaman. Captain of the launch Nora tendered job—$150 was the sum offered for every Chinaman put safely on American shores. Venice, Sept. 29.—That he had been approached with a proposition to engage in the smuggling of Chinese from Coronado Islands, off the coast of Lower California, to the Southern California Coast, was the declaration today of Capt. Albert Hyder, of the launch Nora. Capt. Hyder will lay the facts before the United States Marshall, for this is their third time that an agent of those who are engaged in the illicit trade have "seen" him. Capt. Hyder plys between this port and San Pedro. The master and owner of the Nora refused to make public at this time the man who promised him wealth if he would aid in bringing coolies from the Mexican Coast to this State. Hyder was tendered an offer of $150 for every Chinese put shore. He not only refused, but told the agent that the matter would come to the notice of the local authorities. Hyder states that in is opinion, Chinese are being landed at points between Venice and Hermosa Beach, and taken overland by automobiles to Los Angeles, packed in tonneaus.” [Tonneaus resemble a beer barrel.]


July 13, 1913 [LAT]: “Daring. Sea elephants are rare game. Motion pictures of animals now almost extinct. Ocean-to-Ocean Motion Picture Company off for Guadalupe Island in peculiar outing which may mean rare specimens of sea denizens of which little is known. Equipped for a sea hunt that may mean rare motion pictures never before exhibited, the N.C. Parkhurst Ocean-to-Ocean Motion Picture Company will leave tomorrow for Guadalupe Island in Lower California. The goal of the expedition is the home of a colony of sea elephants in the outer waters of the island. Specimens of the sea elephant are to be captured and brought back to Los Angeles for exhibition purposes. The yacht Nora of San Pedro has been chartered and Capt. Charles E. Davis will be in charge. Several local sports will take the trip and enjoy some of the thrills with the "movies." Fishing and hunting will be enjoyed on this unique vacation trip. The island of Guadalupe is seldom disturbed by hunters and the cavalcade of sportsmen will invade the recesses of "No Man's Land." The company is prepared to remain three weeks on the island. Dramatic scenes will be depicted in this country so seldom visited by man. The first pictures ever made of the sea elephants, animals now almost extinct, should be of especial interest. About 5000 feet of film will be made under the personal supervision of Parkhurst. This elephant home is the only one in the world known to science. Government charts of the sea and of the islands near where the elephants are found are now in the possession of Parkhurst. These charts were made by government engineers who have recently returned from the San Miguel Islands, where a search was made for the body of the explorer Cabrillo. Sea lions and other animals will also be photographed and a graflex machine will be used to advantage. Snap shots will be made, if possible, of the shy animals as they dart about in the clear waters. The habits of these animals can be studied from the pictures and it is expected that much will be learned from the observations of the men in charge of the expedition.”

July 19, 1913 [LAT]: “After sea elephant pictures. The launch Nora left Wednesday night [July 16, 1913] for Guadalupe Island, which is said to shelter the last herd of sea elephants existence. She took a moving picture concern which will endeavor to secure pictures of the herd as well as features. Newspaper correspondents swelled the party to eighteen. The trip will take two weeks.”


July 30, 1913 [San Pedro News Pilot]: “Launch Nora seized by customs officials. Sea Elephant Expedition ends in confiscation of Al Hyder's craft upon return from Guadalupe Island. Seizure by the United States customs officials of the launch Nora, Capt. Al Hyder, at San Pedro Sunday, marked the return of the Ocean to Ocean Motion Picture Co. expedition to Guadalupe Island, off the west coast of Mexico, where the first moving pictures of sea elephants, an almost extinct species of giant seal, were obtained. The Nora was seized on the allegation that she had put into San Pedro last Wednesday after she had cruised to Guadalupe Island, and after lying in the harbor a few hours had again out out to sea without taking out clearance papers. N. K. Parkhurst, manager of the moving picture company who commanded the expedition, declared that there had been no intention to violate the law. He stated that the Nora had put into San Pedro harbor because of the ill health of several of those on board. The expedition was remarkably successful in the taking of pictures of sea elephants. These immense animals are found only on the shores of Guadalupe Island, which is one of the least frequented spots in the world. They pass past of their time swimming close in toward the shore and part of it in basking on the sands. The grown sea elephants are from fifteen to twenty feet long and their weight is estimated at from 2000 to 4000 pounds. Mrs. Hyder accompanied the party and is probably the first American woman to see the elephants.”


October 7, 1913 [San Pedro Daily News]: “Sea elephant brought in. With what is said to be the only sea elephant in captivity in an immense crate on the after deck, the launch Nora this afternoon came in from some strenuous experiences at Guadalupe Island. The bull cub elephant captured is about ten feet long and weighs about a ton, is brown in color, and covered with coarse hair. He has big brown eyes and has ot yet become accustomed to the society of humans, as he roars his displeasure whenever approached. The capture was made last Saturday. A lasso was thrown over it and then began a fight to subdue it, which lasted six hours. Wickersham states that he saw at least 150, old and young, and that the old ones were 25 to 30 feet long.”


June 29, 1935 [San Miguel Island guest book]: “Captain Al Hyder, boat Nora II, San Pedro, California arrived in [Cuyler’s] harbor and we shipped first load of lambs—1935 season.”


March 24, 1938 [Santa Cruz Evening News]: “Pedro yachtsman lost in squall. San Diego, March 24—Al Hyder, of San Pedro was drowned today when his 70-foot boat, Nora II, capsized in heavy breakers off San Nicolas Island, about 100 miles northwest of here, according to word received at the local coast guard air base. Hyder's son, Bus, and a friend described as "George," believed to be George McGarvin, were reported safe.”


March 24, 1938 [unk.]: “Captain Al Hyder, veteran pleasure and fishing craft owner and operator of 637 W. Twenty-third St., was drowned early this morning when his boat, the Nora II, capsized off San Nicolas Island. Captain Hyder’s son, Buster, and his brother-in-law, George Garvin, the only other persons aboard the boat, were reported safe on the island. Coast Guard officials, first to receive word of the tragedy, dispatched a plane from San Diego to the scene at 9:10 A.M. According to officials of the Coast Guard Air Base at San Diego, the Nora II capsized in heavy breakers off San Nicolas Island. The plane was unable to land because of rough water. It is understood, however, that the Nora II had been beached at the island. The craft with Captain Hyder in command left her berth at Twenty-Second Street at 10 o’clock last night and was due at San Nicolas Island at 6 A.M. today where she was to pick up a load of wool and a half dozen sheep shearers to be returned here. Members of other fishing craft at the dock are of the opinion that last night’s heavy fog caused Hyder to hit the island sandspit off the island, resulting in the boat being capsized. Captain Hyder was well known along the waterfront. Years ago he operated the Nora I in San Pedro-Long Beach ferry service and later operated the Wilmington airport, being a licensed aviator. He also was the inventor of the idler used on the Fairbanks Diesel engine, for which he received cash and royalties said to have been upwards of $100,000. The Nora II was a 65 foot boat.”


March 26, 1938 [LAT]: “Boat Tragedy Survivors Land. Pair Returned to Port by Coast Guard. Survivors of a boating tragedy at San Nicolas Island, George Garvin, 40 years of age, and Denton Heider [Hyder], 31, last night were returned to San Pedro by Coast Guard Cutter No. 254. They escaped from the fishing boat Nora II when it capsized in the heavy swells off San Nicolas Island Thursday, as they sought to take off Mr. and Mrs. Roy Agee to return them to Los Angeles. Alvin Heider [Hyder], of 623 Twenty-third street, San Pedro, owner of the vessel, is believed to have drowned. Coast Guard planes searched the area for his body.”