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FACT OR FICTION?

Was William Wrigley Jr.’s body moved from the Wrigley Memorial out of fear Catalina would be attacked during World War II?

By  Alexa Johnson


It’s a common story around town that the remains of William Wrigley Jr., interred in the giant mausoleum at the top of Avalon Canyon, were moved off-island before or during the initial years of World War II. The fear was that Catalina Island would get bombed by the Japanese and the memorial hit or desecrated by the ravages of war. While this notion was entertained by some, it seems to be untrue.

According to Mark Hoefs, the former director of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Wrigley’s body was moved to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in 1947 – two years after WWII ended. The Wrigley family wished for the garden to be open to the public and, had his body remained in the memorial, it would have required the structure be locked and secure. Rather than keeping the public from visiting the prestigious monument, the decision was made to move his remains elsewhere. 




DID YOU KNOW… Most of the memorial’s building materials were gathered on Catalina Island?



THE ISLAND NATURALIST
Issue #32 / All About Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

IN THIS ISSUE...


Preserving a Legacy
Today’s Botanic Garden
Fact or Fiction: Wrigley’s Body Moved -- Why?
Did You Know …  Isle Material Built Memorial 





Courtesy of the Santa Catalina Island Company

The Wrigley Memorial was originally intended to be a mausoleum for William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Ada Wrigley.



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