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LUND, A. (? - 1888)

In the News~

July 24, 1888 [DAC]: “Foolhardy voyagers. Drowning of a party of six who go to sea in an open boat. Los Angeles, July 23.—About a week ago a party consisting of A. Lund, his brother and four other gentlemen, took an open boat at San Pedro and set out for a trip around Santa Catalina Island. Today the boat was found, bottom up, on the beach at Catalina Island, and it is feared all members of the party were drowned. A heavy wind was blowing when the party set out, and the trip was pronounced a foolhardy one by their friends. Several times during the week there were rumors that the voyagers had perished at sea, but nothing definite was heard of them until Sunday, when some Italian fishermen put into San Pedro and reported that a few days before, during the heavy gale, they saw a boat upset and five or six men swimming around it. The sea was too heavy to attempt a rescue and the Italians say the whole party must have perished. It is believed that this was the Lund party and that all were drowned.”

July 24, 1888 [LAH]: “Tragic if true. Four men said to be drowned off Catalina. An arrival from San Pedro yesterday narrated the following sensational story. Seven days ago A. Lund, a saloon-keeper of San Pedro, accompanied by his brother and two friends, left for a pleasure trip to Catalina Island. Nothing more was heard of them until yesterday morning when the news came from Catalina that the boat had drifted on the beach there bottom upwards, and there is every reason to believe, therefore, that its occupants were drowned. On the receipt of the news telephonic communication was at once established between this office and San Pedro, and at the Central office there it was stated that nothing was known of the affair. No such story had been generally circulated about town, said the speaker. And passengers on the boat from Catalina were also in ignorance on the subject. A. Lund was not known at the telephone office.”

July 24, 1888 [LAT]: “Probably drowned. A capsized boat on Catalina beach—four men missing. Great excitement prevailed in San Pedro yesterday on account of the finding of an open boat on the beach at Catalina Island. As near as could be learned a party of six, composed of A. Lund, his brother and four friends, started for a trip around the island about a week ago. A heavy wind was blowing at the time and the friends of the party did all in their power to induce them to postpone their trip until the wind went down, but Lund was anxious to get off at that particular time and would not be dissuaded. It was rumored several times last week that the little party had perished at sea, but nothing definite could be learned until Sunday, when a party of Italian fishermen put in an appearance and, when questioned about the Lund party, stated that they were at sea in a gale last week about the time Lund's party left San Pedro and they saw a boat floundering in the water and five or six men swimming around. The sea was running so high at the time that the Italians could not reach the wrecked party, and they are confident that the entire party were drowned. The finding of the boat bottom up on the Catalina beach confirms this statement, and the friends of the party are now almost certain that they were lost. It is rumored that Lund had been engaged in some kind of crooked business, and he supposed that the officers were after him, and it is presumed that this knowledge caused him to face the storm in an open boat. The names of Lund's companions could not be learned.”

July 28, 1888 [Record-Union]: “The reported drowning of E. [A.] Lund and five others at Catalina Island is discredited.”

August 2, 1888 [Argos Reflector, In.]: “Six residents of San Pablo, Cal., were drowned off Santa Catalina Island on the 24th by the swamping of a boat.”