MOREHOUS, Clinton Philo

From Islapedia
Tuna caught with rod and reel, Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
Detroit Publishing
original in SCIF archives
Col. C. P. Morehous (l) and Capt. Jim Gardner (r)
with the world record 251 pound bluefin tuna
caught July 3, 1899
Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, CA

MOREHOUS, Clinton Philo (1845-1913) was born in Elkhart County, Indiana. By the end of the 19th century, Morehous was member of the Santa Catalina Island Tuna Club, and he served as its second president after Charles F. Holder. Morehous caught the world record tuna on July 3, 1899 off Avalon, breaking the record held by C. F. Holder. It weighed 251 pounds and still endures as the Club's heavy linen record to this day.

Morehous married Fanny Lynch (1845-1874) and they had two children, the second of whom also died in 1874, and the first of whom died at age 3. After the death of his wife and both children, Morehous married Ida Cook and they had daughter Vera M. Morehaus (1882-1953).

By the turn of the century, Col. C. P. Morehous had moved to 333 South Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena.

Clinton Philo Morehous died on July 25, 1913 at age 68.

In the News~

August 9, 1896 [LAH]: “Mr. Willard Barnhart of Grand Rapids, Mich., and C. P. Morehous of Pasadena, with Harry Elms as expert boatman, landed with rod and reel fourteen yellowtail, one barracuda and three rock bass off Goat Harbor.”

July 5, 1899 [LAT]: “A new tuna record. Moorhouse's [sic] fish weighed 250 pounds. Avalon, July 4 — the world's tuna record was broken last evening by Colonel C. P. Moorhouse of Pasadena, who landed a 251 pound tuna with rod and reel after a battle which lasted three hours and twenty minutes. The tuna was hooked off White Rock about sundown and the greater part of the battle was fought in total darkness. The movements of the tuna were exceedingly hard to follow and great care had to be exercised to keep the line from parting. Frank V. Rider captured a 175-pound tuna this morning off Long Point, after two hours and thirty-one minutes of rare sport. Schenck landed a 150-pound tuna in two hours this morning. This is Mr. Schenck's first tuna and he is now a member of the famous Tuna club.”

June 22, 1901 [LAH]: “The first tuna of the season was caught a few days ago at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, and excitement is running high. Among those who are glorying in the fact that they have landed their first fish of the season are Colonel R. A. Eddy, whose catch weighed 124 pounds; F. S. Schenck, assisted, landed one that scaled 148 pounds; O. Orr caught a 124 pound one; D. C. Pixley, a 134 pounder; Hn. John F. Francis, a 132 pounder; Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, one weighing 100 pounds; and Colonel C. P. Morehous brought in one weighing 142 pounds. The Tuna Club held a banquet on the evening of June 15 and the following members sat around the festive board: General A. W. Barrett, president; A. S. Berry, Kentucky; C. C. Paine, Cleveland; H. C. Long, San Francisco; Charles Stallman, San Francisco; John Caffrey, San Francisco; F. V. Rider, secretary, Avalon, Cal.; T. S. Manning, Avalon, Cal.; O. O. Orr, Avalon, Cal.; W. R. Bentley, Seattle; Colonel C. P. Morehous, Pasadena; R. A. Eddy, San Francisco; J. B. Banning, Los Angeles; J. C. Cline, Los Angeles; W. A. Baldwin, Buffalo; John F. Francis, Los Angeles; P. J. Tormey, San Francisco; D. W. Kirkland, Los Angeles; E. L. Doran, Avalon; M. G. Foster, New York; Charles F. Holder, Pasadena; Franklin S. Schenck, New York; E. N. Dickerson, New York; D. S. Alexander, New York; G. F. Steele, Chicago.”

June 25, 1901 [SFCall]: “Woman catches second biggest tuna killed at Catalina Island. Mrs. E. N. Dickinson [Dickerson] lands a two hundred and sixteen pound fish, after forty-five minutes of fighting. Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, June 21. — All Catalina was drawn to the beach today soon after 11 o'clock, when the launch used by Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Dickinson [sic] steamed to its moorings. The tuna flag, the emblem indicative of a catch, was flying from the masthead and Mrs. Dickinson [sic] was waiving a blood-stained handkerchief to those on shore. All wee she might, for to her lies the honor and the credit of having landed single handed the largest tuna of the last to seasons and the second in size ever caught off Avalon. The battle with this sea fish is a story in itself and shows what a game fisherwoman who is stout of heart can do with a six-foot rod and a strand no thicker than an ordinary piece of string. When put upon the scales the sea fighter weighed just 216 pounds. Mrs. E. N. Dickinson [sic] is visiting Catalina for the summer. New York City is her home, but so fascinated is her husband, Captain Dickinson [sic], with the sport of tuna catching that he visits Catalina yearly, and Mrs. Dickinson [sic] accompanied him to the coast on this visit. Both left the beach early this morning armed with implements of tuna warfare. About three miles off Avalon they rode into a school of leaping fish and before Mrs. Dickinson [sic] realized conditions her reel began to sing its merry song as a tuna took yard after yard of line. Then began a battle between the game sea fish and a gamer sportswoman. Reeling in, giving away line and the same double process over and over again for forty-five minutes, until her arms cramped from the severe physical strain, Mrs. Dickinson [sic] fought her first tuna to a successful finish. She conquered without assistance from boatman or husband. Now Mrs. Dickinson [sic] is the happiest woman on the island and tuna fishers, whether they be past masters, present devotees or professional boatmen, are all doing obesiance to the most successful fisher of them all. The Santa Catalina Island Tuna Club, many members of which are on the spot doing active service, is contemplating many important changes. At a meeting last night the suggestion was made for the club to incorporate under the laws of the State. This will be done and a handsome clubhouse will be built at Avalon for members and guests. Another suggestion which met with popular approval is in regard to the election of officers. Heretofore the presidency of the club was dependent upon prowess with the rod allied with chance. The member who secured the biggest catch of the season — May 1 to October 1 — was by virtue of his deed the president for the ensuing year. Election will be the determining method under the new order of things. As the members of the Tuna club come from all parts of the world, proxies or mail ballots will be allowed. Fishing at Avalon: General John Barrett, Thomas Manning, Philadelphia; Colonel R. A. Eddy, F. S. Schenck, Brooklyn; C. C. Paine, Cleveland; Captain W. H. Burnham, Orange; F. V. Rider, New York; W. A. Baldwin, Buffalo; N. F. Wilshire, C. F. Holder, Pasadena; Joseph Chambers, Cincinatti; Macomb G. Foster, New York; C. P. Morehous, Pasadena; E. N. Dickinson [sic], New York; D. C. Pixley, Orange; O. O. Orr, Avalon; J. Francis, Los Angeles; W. J. Landers and M. J. Connell.”

May 31, 1907 [LAH]: “Officers chosen for Tuna Club... Following are those elected: Charles F. Holder, founder of the club, president; Thomas S. Manning, fiest vice-president; Col. C. Morehouse, Pasadena, second vice-president...”

December 28, 1907 [LAH]: “Attempt to rob residence of Colonel Clinton P. Morehaus thwarted. Try to force entrance at dinner time. Pasadena, Dec. 27. — Porch climbers invaded the fashionable Orange Grove Avenue district tonight, causing intense excitement in the household of Col. Clinton P. Morehous by attempting to gain an entrance through a bathroom window on the second floor at the rear of the house. The housebreakers, two in number, were frightened away and pursued for two blocks by Morehous Stevens, nephew of Col. Morehous, but the pursuer was compelled to give up the chase when one of the crooks suddenly wheeled and, pointing a revolver at young Stevens, ordered him to retrace his steps. AS he was unarmed, he complied. Col. Morehous resides at 333 South Orange Grove, in a pretentious house, and is a man of large means...”