Santa Catalina Island Twenty-Five Year Club

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Santa Catalina Island Twenty-Five Year Club was organized by 1915 for Santa Catalina Island residents of twenty-five years or more. The twelve original members at the recognition dinner included:

Later members included:

  • Ford, E. E.

On November 19, 1924 additional members were reported as follows:

On February 11, 1925 was added:

  • Cullen, David L.

On April 29, 1925 was added:

On May 20, 1925 was added:

  • Williams, Charles Halsey

On February 2, 1939 were added:

Tad Gray

In the News~

February 16, 1915 [TI/Avalon]: “A novel reception and dinner was given Sunday evening by Mr. A. A. Carraher at his home on Maiden Lane. Invitations were extended to the ‘old timers’ who had resided on the island twenty-five years or more. Covers were laid for twelve guests, and those present were: Captain J. W. Wilson (who wore a crown), Captain G. Farnsworth, P. V. Reyes, Captain V. Moricich, Captain J. Adargo, Captain Hugo Asplund, Captain J. Arcey, ‘Mexican Joe,’ Captain Tom Whittley, Captain Harry Doss, John Brinkley and Captain Al Holbrooke.”

January 7, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “Mr. Peter Lubetich has received the pins for the Catalina Island Twenty-Five-Year Club, and they are indeed handsome. It is in the form of a miniature banner, somewhat like the letter W turned sideways, with the top to the staff. The outline is in Roman gold, while the face of the pin is divided into two fields, red and blue, by a cross bar. On the red field are the letters and figures '25 yrs.' On the divided streamer are the words 'Catalina Island' Those who have been residents of Catalina for twenty-five years or longer are entitled to join the club. Some of the members who are wearing the pins are certainly quite proud of them. One of the new members is E. E. Ford, of Alhambra. who was in this island city for a few days last week.”

February 4, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “Miss Mary E. Cook, one of the old-time Avalonites, has written to a friend here, asking to have forwarded to her one of the flag pins of the Catalina Island Twenty-five Year Club. She now resides at Shortville, N. Y., and said she would be very proud to wear one of the pins.”

February 11, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “The number of members in the Catalina Island Twenty-Five Year Club is growing. The latest man to claim a pin is D. L. Cullen. It is probable that formal organization will soon take place — and Dame Rumor says that Frank Burnham will probably be its first president.”

April 29, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “One of the latest of the old-timers to receive the official banner button of the Catalina Twenty-five Year Club, according to Promoter Peter Lubetich, is Mr. John D. MacLean of Metropole Avenue.”

May 20, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “The Catalina Twenty-five-year Club continues to grow. One of the latest members to receive a banner badge was Charles Halsey Williams, who spent his boyhood days in Avalon.”

May 20, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “The other day Pete Lubetich went to Los Angeles on a business trip. Naturally, when he has visited the metropolis he has gone back and forth from the harbor via the electric cars. Since his arrival at Catalina many years ago (he is a member of the Twenty-Five-Year Club), he has never ridden in a an automobile any distance. On the trip referred to Mr. R. R. Johnstone of the Glenmore Hotel caught him just as he was ready to return to the harbor, and invited him to ride down to the steamer in his auto. Though somewhat leery of such travel, Pete accepted the invitation, and enjoyed the ride the longest one since he has been in Southern California. The machine was a dandy, Pete was delighted, and hints that the pleasure of motor travel has captured him. Wonder if he'll get a limousine?”

August 29, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “One of the latest of the old-timers to receive the official banner button of the Catalina Twenty-five Year Club, according to promoter Peter Lubetich, is Mr. John D. MacLean of Metropole Avenue.”

November 4, 1925 [TI/Avalon]: “Mr. C. G. Fairchild left Avalon Sunday to stay with his sister at Point Loma for several months. Mr. Fairchild is a member of the Catalina Island 25-Year-Club. Before leaving Charley said: 'I don't want to give up my membership in the twenty-five Year Club, for I've spent the best part of my life as a resident of the 'Isle with a Smile'.”

October 11, 1933 [TI/Avalon]: “Catalina has about one hundred members in its '25 year Club'...”