NICHOLS, Harry Ellsworth

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February 13, 1924, Santa Catalina Island


NICHOLS, Harry Ellsworth (1867-1935), Avalon boat captain and member of the Twenty-five Year Club. His boat was named the Nick. Another was Vera.



In the News~

April 25, 1916 [TI/Avalon]: “Harry Nichols was caring for nine colonies of bees.”


June 4, 1924 [TI/Avalon]: “A pretty good record for one family is related by H. E. Nichols, who is known on the island as "Nick, The Boatman." His father was a very religious man, and a preacher at times. He held the position as conductor on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad for forty-five years. He was so much appreciated by the president of the road that he was granted leave from duty on Sundays, and was given the use of a passenger coach, which was sidetracked for him, in which to preach on that day. He later organized a church at Ithaca, which is now some magnitude. At the age of 80 years Mr. E. O. Nichols still held his position and could have had a light, short run; but declined, as he thought he would be intruding on kindness and generosity. He died at the age of 84. E. S. Nichols has held the position as conductor on the Chicago and Alton railroad for forty-one years and is still serving in that capacity. Lew Nichols served on the railroad for ten years, and then took an office posiiton with the Adams Express Co., of Chicago, which he has filled for about twenty-eight years, and is still on duty with them. H. E. Nichols, or "Nick", as he is known on the Island, was employed by one printing establishment for eighteen years, with only three weeks vacation in that time, thence coming to Catalina Island, where he has been engaged in the boating business for about twenty-seven years. Three different positions is the most that any one of the above named men was held during their life time—up to this date.”


December 3, 1924 [TI/Avalon]: “Captain John Edmundson and Capt. Harry E. Nichols have both been making improvements on their fishing launches during the past two weeks.”


June 17, 1931 [TI/Avalon]: “Captain Monte Fisher of the fishing launch Sunbeam gives fishing data of almost thirty years ago and also comments on the present conditions. Avalon, August 13, 1903—The following yellowtail catches were brought in, made in the neighborhood of Seal Rocks:...the "Nick," Harry Nichols, skipper, 13...”


June 20, 1935 [TI/Avalon]: “Notice to Creditors. No. 150498 Estate of Harry E. Nichols also known as Harry Ellsworth Nichols and H. E. Nichols, deceased. Notice is hereby given by the undersigned Ben H. Brown, Public Administrator with will annexed of the Estate of Harry E. Nichols also known as Harry Ellsworth Nichols and H. E. Nichols deceased to have Creditors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within six months after the publication of this notice, to the said Administrator with will annexed, at his office at 902 Hall of Records, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, which said office the undersigned selects as a place of business in all matters connected with said estate, or to file them with the necessary vouchers, within six months after the publication of this notice, in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Los Angeles. Dated June 6, 1935. Ben H. Brown. Public Administrator.”