WHITTLEY, Frank “Pancho” Paul

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Early Santa Catalina Island Shepherds.
(Frank "Pancho" Whittley seated right)

WHITTLEY, Frank “Pancho” Paul (1848-1902), son of Thomas William and Juanita Dominguez Whittley, Frank was six years old when his parents moved from Ensenada, Mexico to Santa Catalina Island in the mid-1850s. Frank started Middle Ranch with lumber he had hauled to Goat Harbor and transported by burro to Middle Ranch. He became a well-known sheep rancher, and also ran sheep on San Clemente Island. From March 31, 1888–to March 31, 1891, his yearly lease to George Shatto for exclusive right of pasturing cattle and other stock on Island of Santa Catalina, was $2,000, payable 1 year in advance April 1.

Whittley owned the yacht Keywee; for more than a decade Whittley owned and operated the schooner Nellie, named for his first wife, Manuela, “Nellie” Adargo. In 1898 Whittley was 25% owner (25 shares) and superintendent of the newly formed Banning Wool Company, earning $77/month. Other shareholders were: William Banning (25 shares), J. B. Banning (25 shares), Hancock Banning (24 shares) and F. H. Lowe, secretary (1 share). Whittley died at age 54 in Los Angeles.

[Huntington. Banning album 180(650). Hancock Banning, Jr. (1970):

“Mr. Whittley was in charge of sheep raising on Catalina for many years. He ran Middle Ranch, Eagles Nest, Empire Landing and Catalina Harbor sheep camps. He was not an expert at making jerk beef (jerky). At Middle Ranch he made it out of mutton, sliced very thin and dried in the shade in a draft if possible. He used a lot of chile and tomato paste so damned hot the flies and other bugs couldn’t take it. Flies at Middle Ranch were thick due to a very dirty and smelly bunch of pigs. Wow! His son, Tom, was a good friend of Hancock Banning Jr.s’ for many years.”

Frank Paul “Pancho” Whittley (1848-1902) = wife #1 [1881] Manuela “Nellie” Adargo (1860-1920) [her step father was Joe Presiado]

  • 1. Thomas William Whittley (1882-1973)[SS#550-30-496] = Frances (c. 1884)


  • 2. Paul Adargo Whittley (1884-1903)

Frank Paul “Pancho” Whittley = wife #2 [6/25/1890] Lucinda “Lucy” Brown (1866-1937) http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14545341/person/875852578

  • 3. Anthony Martin Whittley (1887-1949)[SS#568-18-2677] [Calvary Cemetery, L.A.] = Maria del Castillo [HE BY WIFE #1? SEE B. DATE MARRIAGE]
1. Arthur Anthony Whittley (1925-1946) [Calvary Cemetery, L.A.]
2. Gilbert Rayond Whittley (1927-1977) [Calvary Cemetery, L.A.]
  • 4. Frank Paul Whittley (1891-1958)[SS#560-18-7169] = Mary Clementine née Smalley (1901-1962)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale

1. Mary Elaine Whittley (1919-1979) = Charles Robert Roberts (1915-1974)
2. Margaret Olita Whittley (1922-1988) = Walker/Moore
  • 5. Irene Juanita Whittley (1896-1977) [Calvary Celetery, L.A.] = Charles John Michaels (1881-1959)/ Juan Yslas Garcia (1895-1986)
1. Elvira M. Michaels (1922-2015) = Benjamin F. Snyder, Jr. (1919-1996)
2. Thelma V. Michaels (1924-2013) = Bill Weldon Brown (1924-2009)
3. Charles John Michaels (1925-1993)
  • 6. Harry Joseph Whittley (1898-1955)[SS#563-16-9549]

In the News~

January 28, 1882 [LAT]: “A heavy snow storm was experienced off Catalina Island last week resulting in the loss of a large number of sheep. The schooner P. F. Wittley [F. P. Whittley] went ashore there and it was with only superhuman efforts that she was saved from becoming a total wreck. The result, however, is nothing worse than the loss of two anchors and part of her sails.”

July 13, 1883 [LAT/SCat]: “Timms’ Landing, Catalina Island… A party of select company, invited by Mr. Hancock Banning, started up the coast to Swain’s Valley, a distance of seven miles, in Mr. Hancock’s new yacht. This valley contains the establishment of Messrs. Howland, Whittley and Harris for shearing sheep. We found Messrs. Howland and Whittley very kind and obliging. After enjoying the hospitality of Messrs. Howland and Whittley, we started for Timms’ Landing…”

August 19, 1886 [LAT/SCat]: “Santa Catalina Island. An enthusiastic Angeleños count of the resort… A German who seems to have taken up his retreat there, replied: ‘vell dere ish seven or eight thousand vild goats und about twenty wild cows, und ofer fifty vild jackasses… in addition can be mentioned twenty thousand sheep, the property of Howland, Whittley & Co., who rent the island from the Lick estate. Mr. Whittley, who has immediate care of the island, does not object to the shooting of the goats, nor the many quail…”

[1888] July 1, 1937 [TI/Avalon]: From a letter written by the Misses Geneva R. and Annie L. Wheeler at the time of Sophie Wheeler’s death. “…In connection with the sheep grazing interest, the paying over of the yearly rental by Captain Whittley to Mr. Shatto, as it was done one year in Mrs. Wheeler’s parlor, was a matter of interest and some amusement to her. With the formality and gracious dignity befitting a Don, in his best attire, with the best saddle and mount, he had ridden over the trails down into Avalon to pay over the entire two thousand dollars in gold. He had made a special trip to his Los Angeles bank to get it in gold, bringing it over in one of his sloops to his camp farther west on the island perhaps White’s Landing…”

August 10, 1889 [LAH]: “F. B. [P.] Whittley, who has been a resident of Catalina Island since 1854, made his first voyage on a steamer to San Pedro. Mr. W. is a large owner of sheep, etc.”

August 28, 1889 [LAH]: “C. A. Sumner, the popular manager of the Metropole, got up an expedition to the famous Black Jack Peak yesterday. Black Jack is about 2,600 feet high, and in the center of the wildest part of the island, surrounded by a wild jumble of peaks and canyons. The party consisted of Miss Chambers, the Misses Gilbert, Mrs. Dr. Kannon, Miss Agnes Wilson, Robert Vandervoort, John W. Vandervoort, Mr. McGuire, C. F. Holder, Frank Whittley, C. A. Sumner, Dick Sumner, Cecil Sumner and three guides. The Wanda took the party to Gallagher's Landing, where Mt. Whittley met them with horses and accompanied the party throughout the entire trip, adding much to their pleasure by his extreme courtesy and kindness. Mr. Whittley owns all the sheep on the islands. He has lived there for thirty-four years, and has the largest sheep corral in the world. The party rode to Black Jack, made the ascent and returned by Middle Ranch, a most delightful horseback ride of fifteen miles, and one that all who come here should take. The quail shooting was simply the finest I have ever seen...”

August 4, 1890 [LAH]: “A party of pleasure seekers have been cruising around Santa Monica bay for the past several days on the yacht Keywe, consisting of Captain Whittley, the owner of the yacht, and wife, Alfred Brown, Miss Emma Rissman, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Knowles, Miss Fanny Knowles. They left here Saturday morning for San Pedro, where they intend to stop for a couple of days in order to make some repairs, when they will start for a cruise up the coast, intending to return to Catalina, where the captain owns several sheep ranches, in about two weeks.”

August 18, 1890 [LAT]: “The schooner Keywe with Frank P. Whittley and wife and Mr. Fred Brown is cruising around the island.”

February 22, 1891 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon, Santa Catalina Island. Mr. Frank Whittley and family are just now furnishing and occupying their fine cottage on the hill, and his men are gathering and shipping sheep.”

March 23, 1892 [HL/BP]: “This agreement made and entered into this 23rd day of March, 1892, by and between F. P. Whittley of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, party of the first part, and Walter L. Vail of the County of Pima, Territory of Arizona, party of the second part. Witnesseth: That said party of the first part does hereby assign, transfer, sell, convey and set over unto the said party of the second part… the undivided one-half interest of all the sheep, horses and cattle which he now has on the Island of Santa Catalina… and the undivided one-half of all the wagons, harness, tools and appliances used by said party of the first part in connection with the rearing, shearing and handling of sheep on said island. And also the undivided one-half of all leases, or lease-hold interests which said party of the first part now has in and to said Island of Santa Catalina, or in and to the pasturage thereof. In consideration of which, said party of the second part hereby agrees to deliver upon said Island of Santa Catalina at his own expense, and within a reasonable time, three hundred (300) head of two-year-old cattle of the brand of 1890, the three hundred yearlings of the brand of 1891; said cattle to be from the ranches of said party of the second part in the Territory of Arizona, and to be of average quality. And it is mutually agreed between the parties hereto that from the net sales of wool or sheep now upon the said Island of Santa Catalina, there shall be paid to the said party of the first part the sum of $4,150, which money shall be his… (signed) F. P. Whittley; Walter L. Vail”

August 9, 1892 [LAT/SCat]: “The beautiful yacht Nellie entered the harbor Friday and left for San Clemente Island in the afternoon. Captain Whittley was in command and the following party his guests: Hon. S. C. Hubbell, Albert F. Crank, Charles Hubbell, Max Lowenthal, Oscar Macy, F. P. Whittley and Mrs. Whittley, P. A. Howard and John Aiken. They go for business and pleasure, Messrs. Hubbell, Macy and Whittley owning the sheep that cover its many hills. They are to be gone ten days when they leave for the Catalina Isthmus.”

August 17, 1892 [LAH]: “The schooner Kewee, Captain Whittley, arrived today from San Clemente Island with 500 sheep for Oscar Macy.”

September 3, 1892 [LAT]: “Articles of incorporation were filed with the County Clerk yesterday by the San Clemente Wool Company, formed for the purpose of carrying on the business of raising sheep for mutton and wool, etc., with a capital stock of $50,000, all of which has been fully subscribed. Its board of directors consists of F. P. Whittley and Lucy Whittley of Avalon; S. C. Hubbell and Oscar Macy of this city, and Charles E. W. Hubbell of Compton.”

September 3, 1892 [LAH]: “A new wool company. Yesterday the San Clemente Wool company filed articles of incorporation in the county clerk's office. The principal place of business of the company is in Los Angeles, and the directors are F. P. Whittley and Lucy Whittley, Avalon, S. C. Hubbell and Oscar Macy, Los Angeles, and Charles E. W. Hubbell, Compton. The capital stock is $50,000, all of which has been actually subscribed.”

September 9, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Nellie of San Pedro, captain and owner F. P. Whittley, arrived on Wednesday evening with a party of pleasure seekers. They are stopping on board and will remain for several days.”

August 26, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “Captain Whittley and wife, of the yacht Nellie, gave a moonlight cruise Sunday evening to Seal Rock and half way to San Clemente Island…”

September 24, 1896 [LAH]: “Avalon, Sept. 23,— The yacht Nellie, of fifty tons, has returned from a cruise of San Clemente Island with the following party: Mr. Swanfeldt and family, Charles Parker and Mr. A. B. Chappell. Captain Frank Whittley, the owner, was in command. Fishing and hunting was enjoyed.”

October 4, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “The Nellie, Captain Frank Whittley’s yacht, has gone on a cruise to San Nicolas Island, with the following named party: A. B. Chappell, Joe Gautzer, J. C. Meyers, Mr. Faulkner and Captain Whittley who is in command. They go for the purpose of collecting Indian relics. The party will remain about two months, when Captain Whittley will call for them with the schooner Keywee, taking several pack animals along to convey from the interior of the island the relics obtained.”

November 11, 1896 [LAT/Red]: “The schooner Nellie of San Pedro is at this port, having recently come from San Clemente and Santa Catalina islands… She will proceed to San Nicolas Island, at which place a search will be made for skulls and other relics. Frank P. Whittley is captain of the little vessel…”

November 29, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “The yacht Nellie leaves for the isthmus at daybreak, and from there will sail for San Nicolas Island with a party in search of Indian relics. Captain Frank Whittley has charge of the party.”

May 2, 1897 [LAT/SCat]: “Captain Whittley’s yacht, Nellie, arrived from San Nicolas Island Thursday.”

April 3, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The sloop Kee Wee, a twenty-ton craft owned by F. P. Whittley and engaged in the traffic between this port and Santa Catalina and San Clemente, capsized this afternoon about a mile off Deadman’s Island. The wind was blowing about forty miles an hour from the west. Gus Knowles and George Johnson, the crew of the sloop, were picked up by a boat from the United States Fish Commission steamship Albatross, which was anchored about a quarter of a mile away. The Kee Wee was returning from San Clemente Island with livestock when she turned turtle.”

April 7, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “Captain Frank Whittley, J. B. Banning and John Shoemaker got in today from an eight days’ trip over to the island, which was made for the purpose of counting the sheep. They were found to aggregate 8000. No goats, it is alleged, were included in the count, although many flock of 150 to 200 each were encountered.”

July 1, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “The yacht Nellie arrived from San Pedro yesterday afternoon in charge of its owner, Captain Frank Whittley. On board were five men, who come here for the purpose of killing off the wild goats. Captain Whittley owns the sheep at large on the island, and while here will shear them.”

October 6, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “Frank Whittley, in connection with the Banning Brothers, has a number of sheep on the island, estimated at from 6000 to 8000. Those on the eastern portion are now being removed to the isthmus, where feed and water are more plentiful. The sheep have received no attention for some years, owing to the low price of wool, but they will hereafter be sheared and domesticated.”

October 26, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. It appears that the Republican caucus appointed for Monday evening was called under a misapprehension of the facts in the case. Some of the voters who are interested in the success of the Republican ticket thought it would be well to have a local or township ticket nominated, not knowing that the delegate from this precinct to the county convention had been empowered to present the names of nominees for Justice of the Peace and constable, and had presented the names of Frank P. Whittley and Vincente Moricich for those offices. When the meeting was called to order by Judge Whitney, Ed Stanton, who had been made the delegate to the county convention, made a statement of what he had done, and the meeting immediately approved his action and adjourned. It is thought the Democrats will not have an opposition ticket in the local field. There are about forty voters registered in Catalina precinct, of which about two-thirds are Republicans.”

November 4, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “Frank Whittley, the pioneer sheep man of Catalina Island, is quite ill at the isthmus. He accidentally injured his arm, and blood poisoning has resulted.”

October 4, 1900 [LAT/SCat]: “The schooner Nellie, Captain Frank Whittley, left this morning for San Clemente Island, chartered by Chappie, who goes over for a four months’ hunting expedition for Indian relics. The Nellie will leave him there, and at the end of the four months will return and take him off with his treasures. Chappie has a valuable collection of relics from San Nicolas, and will now supplement it with a collection from San Clemente. The early inhabitants of those two islands were of distinct tribes, and while all the artifacts left behind are of stone or bone, they are very different and distinct in character.”

August 23, 1901 [LAT/SCat]: “Judge S. W. Purcell of the Probate Court of Pima County and Edward Vail, a cattleman, also of Tucson, who are taking their summer outing here, by way of diversion went goat shooting a few days ago, taking a boat up to White’s Landing and there getting horses from Frank Whittley’s sheep camp…”

January 29, 1902 [LAT]: “Captain F. P. Whittley, owner of the yacht Nellie, which plied about the waters between San Pedro and Santa Catalina Island, and one of the best known men on the coast, died at his residence in this city yesterday. Forty-eight years ago, when he was but 6 years old, Captain Whittley came from Ensenada with his parents, and landed on the island, which ever since has been his home. For the past year his family has lived at No. 205 West 31st Street, this city, and the captain spent a portion of his time there, but he considered Catalina his home, and had given expression to the hope that he might be permitted to round out the half century as a resident of the island. His homestead on the island was known as Middle Ranch, near the Eagle’s Nest, on the road from Avalon to the Isthmus. There both his father and mother died, and during the illness from which he died yesterday he expressed a desire to die in the ranch house which had witnessed the departure from earth of his parents. One year ago he ran a large splinter into his hand, which caused him great suffering, and was really the cause of his establishing a residence in this city, in order that he might have medical attention, though most of his time was spent on his yacht and on Catalina Island. Six months ago Captain Whittley was picked up on the road leading from Johnson’s Landing to the Isthmus, suffering from a stroke or paralysis, having fallen from his horse. From this he never fully recovered. A week ago he left his home in this city, with the intention of going to Catalina, but at Wilmington he was taken sick, remained over night with a friend and returned to the city the following morning. He has been ill since that time, and on Friday suffered a second stroke of paralysis, from which he died. Captain Whittley owned property at both Catalina and Wilmington, and held one-forth interest in the Banning Wool Company, with perhaps 20,000 sheep ranging over the mountains on the island, according to his last estimate. He was the pioneer resident and sheep raiser of Catalina, having years ago gone into the business—having grown up with it, perhaps, with his father’s flocks. He owned flocks, comprising thousands of head, at various times, on Santa Catalina, San Clemente and Socorro islands. For a number of years he was associated with S. C. Hubbell of this city in the San Clemente Wool Company, but sold out several years ago, when they were ranging 12,000 sheep. He had been, at one time and another, associated with almost everybody who had sheep interests on any of the islands named. Just prior to his death, his family state, he spoke of having vast flocks on the island of Socorro, Mexico, but they know little of the details of his business. ‘He was a man of the strictest integrity and honesty in all his dealings,’ said J. B. Banning, last night. ‘He was very popular, being a favorite with everybody.’ He leaves a widow, whose maiden name was Lucy Brown, of this city, and four children — three sons and one daughter. The funeral will occur today at 2 o’clock at his late residence, No. 205 West 31st Street.”

August 14, 1903 [LAT]: “Avalon. Catalina revisited by woman pioneer. Mother of first white child born on the island. Widow of Captain Howland sees again the scenes of many years of her life, when six families comprised population… Those living here were located at what is now Johnson’s Landing, and which was then known as John Ben’s Landing; at Swayne’s, now known as White’s Landing, at the Isthmus; at Cherry Valley and at Fourth of July Valley. The men owning sheep here were Thomas Whittley, father of Captain Whittley, who succeeded to the business, and who died some two years ago. His range was the western end of the island, down to Johnson’s; Captain Howland then occupied down to the Isthmus; then came the company — Howland, L. Harris and Whittley, their territory reaching to Swayne’s, and John F. C. Johnson occupied the remainder, living at Avalon, which at that time was known as Johnson’s…”