SUMNER, Charles A.
SUMNER, Charles A. ( -1928?), real estate agent, auctioneer and partner of George Shatto in the 1887 purchase of Santa Catalina Island from the Lick estate. Sumner died at age 88 in December 1928 [? In 1/2/1929 TI]. It is he for whom Sumner Avenue, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island is named.
July 4, 1887 [LAH]: “C. A. Sumner & Co., the real estate brokers, state that the Catalina Island has been positively sold to a wealthy Los Angeles speculator, who is the sole purchaser, and will improve the place as a first-class pleasure resort. They deny that anybody is interested in the sale except one Los Angeles man.”
May 16, 1888 [LAH]: “Avalon. Water piped from the mountains. Hotel now open. Steamer every other day. The season is just commencing as this favorite resort. Those who have not been there should go at once. It is the coming health resort and sanitarium. Bathing! Fishing! Boating! Hunting! To perfection. Liberal discounts to those building at once. Easy terms! A good opening for several different stores. C. A. Sumner & Co. Real Estate and Insurance Agents.”
August 3, 1889 [LAH]: “C. A. Sumner, of Santa Catalina, was in the city yesterday, dressed in a negligé style and as brown as a berry.”
August 13, 1889 [LAH]: “C. A. Sumner was over from Catalina yesterday and says he has now ample room to accommodate everybody at the hotel.”
May 2, 1907 [LAT]: “Old posts, marking the line of the ranches on Catalina Island before it had become a famous resort, were discussed yesterday, while the new posts, pulled up by the Meteor Boat Company, defendants in the present suit, were not made as much of as they had been at previous hearings. The action is to secure a permanent injunction to prevent the Meteor Boat Company from landing on the beach at Avalon. Two witnesses, called by counsel for the Santa Catalina Island Company, testified to the position of Crescent Avenue with regard to the beach at Avalon. C. A. Sumner, who knew the island many years ago, stated on cross examination that the intention of the owners of the island, in having the survey made for Crescent Avenue, had been to leave a strip of their own property between the highway and the beach. The witness mentioned an ambition of Mr. Shattuck, before the island passed into the hands of the Bannings: ‘He owned it to high tide, and he wanted to own it to low tide.’ Sumner, who kept a hotel at Avalon in 1890, has not revisited the place for years, and could give no recent history. Edwin Stanton, more recently employed upon the island, also testified to the position of the highway with regard to the beach, and admitted that the water at high tide always comes inside the ranch line fence.”