Article from Los Angeles Times September 8, 1935. Captain Edmundson (right) is back at work soon after his boss Willard Van Brunt passes three months prior. He is now working on a charter boat previously he was working a private launch, the Ida May. Below is a photo with Bill Froelich, the Outdoor Editor of the Los Angeles Times after catching a swordfish. Surely Captain Edmundson talked with the editor about his time skippering and fishing with Van Brunt, Laurel, and Chaplin.
We discovered the 1936 Census showing Captain Chester Mills had a wife and a daughter and rented a house for $35/mo. His job is listed as a Machinist/Shipbuilding. His other job was Stan Laurel's captain of the Ruth L. (Ida May).
Read this most humorous and amazing story about Captain Mills when he was only 11 y/o. No wonder he would later become a captain of the Ida May 25 years later.
Here's our Captain Edmundson with famous movie comedian Charlie Chaplin, October 26, 1918 with a 162 lb marlin. Captain Edmundson was one of the most esteemed boatman of Catalina and his knowledge of the best fishing locations surely help land the biggest of fish. Captain Edmundson later became the captain of the Ida May in the 1920s. He helped Stan Laurel and Willard Van Brunt catch many big game fish in the 1920s and 1930s.
A confirmed 197 fish were caught by the first three owners (Van Brunt, Laurel, Jones) of the Ida May totalling 6,804.5 lbs. This has been meticulously compiled looking at the private catch records of the Catalina Tuna Club, published newspaper articles from the Los Angeles Times and Long Beach Telegram, and the personal Log Book of Jonah Jones Jr. (3rd owner of the Ida May). In fact many hundred more fish and many many thousands of more pounds of fish were caught off the Ida May but only the significant catches were listed or published. Note these confirmed counts are actual published reports of fish caught off the Ida May. This may be the only sportfisher from the early 1900s that has an extensive list of confirmed reports of fish caught. Indeed the Ida May is an example of one of the oldest sportfishers in existence today.
Captain Mills in the center with the bowtie. Stan Laurel is seated far right on the Ruth L.