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With their companies gone, the Bannings sold their remaining interests at the harbor and formally dissolved their business in August 1920.
As a very sympathetic Times admitted in 1907, the Bannings operated Avalon "more like a private country club than a public resort.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1830, Banning arrived at San Pedro Bay in late 1851 and within a decade built a transportation business at the harbor, which he later incorporated as the Wilmington Transportation Company (WTC) in 1884.
In 1887, another southern California entrepreneur purchased Santa Catalina for $200,000 with the same intention as Banning.
William, Joseph, and Hancock Banning had taken over their father's harbor business after Phineas's death in 1885.
Joseph, the on-site manager, built a cottage at Avalon where he, his wife, Katharine Stewart Banning, and their family lived much of the year.
Some single men of the middle or working classes were unwelcome, particularly if they were considered "undesirable loafers continually lounging at street corners," as a Banning representative explained.
These changes ushered in a new era in Banning ownership of Santa Catalina, but the period from about 1906 to 1919 was not as amiable for the company management and Avalon residents as the years preceding it.
Others singled out a group of residents who opposed Banning policies, as the fire appeared to be ignited in several locations simultaneously.
the Chicago chewing-gum maker and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball club, told William Banning that he had been "a good boy all through the war, and paid his taxes, and now he was going to play with the island.
William Banning arranged the sale's protocol and headed the negotiations.
The Banning heyday at Santa Catalina coincided with the continuing transformation of American resorts in the early twentieth century.