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    Martin Toggweiler

    Martin Toggweiler

    Male 1917 - 2010  (92 years)

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    • Name Martin Toggweiler 
      Born 04 Jun 1917  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Census 1920  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      • 3120 Rdige St. Ward 32 ED 1090 3 Male born in PA
        ||Federal
      Died 21 Mar 2010  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Notes 
      • Southern California's First West Coast Charter Boat
        Though island diving, particularly at Catalina, was essentially fruitless unless you owned your own boat, most breath-hold divers (usually spearfishermen) during this era enjoyed excellent shore diving at coastal coves such as those in Palos Verdes, Laguna Beach and La Jolla in San Diego. However, "island mania" entered the picture in 1951 after the introduction of Maray, the first bonafide dive charter boat on the West Coast.
        

        Mart Toggweiler, who worked as a civilian contracted ship builder at the Naval shipyard in Long Beach, built and operated the Maray. During his employment with the Navy, auctions to dispose of military scrap were periodically held. Toggweiler, a gifted ship builder, saw an opportunity to make his own pleasure boat when Navy auctioneers sold surplus landing craft in 1947. He eventually purchased one for $750 and had it hauled to a rented lot in Signal Hill, California where he would rebuild it. Because his acquisition was not yet suitable for civilian use, it took Mart three years to convert the vessel into a usable pleasure craft. He called his newly refurbished, 41 foot boat, Maray.
        Originally, Toggweiler had no intention of using Maray for diving charters; however, a group of treasure divers from the Los Angeles Neptune Diving Club eventually contacted him in 1950. The group wanted to charter his boat to salvage silver from a sunken vessel called Colombia in Magdalena Bay. Unsure if he could oblige their request, Toggweiler and the group decided to take a test charter to Catalina to ensure a trip of this nature was possible. The salvage expedition never panned out, but, by example, Toggweiler quickly discovered that running paid charters to Catalina would help offset his boat expenses and docking fees..............
      Person ID I3546  My Family Tree
      Last Modified 29 Jul 2010 

      Father Henry J. Toggweiler,   b. 07 May 1873, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Feb 1957, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
      Mother Anna Marie Wurster,   b. 24 Feb 1879, 415 Noble St, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1921, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
      Married 18 Jan 1899  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      • Married by Charles Wadsworth an orthodox Calvinist preacher



        1899 Wadsworth, Rev. Charles, D.D.
        2046 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
        veterans of the war of 1812
        Arch Street Presbyterian Church
      Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Rachel D'Orty,   b. 21 May 1923,   d. Abt 2009  (Age 85 years) 
      Last Modified 27 Apr 2017 
      Family ID F1856  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Jun 1917 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Mar 2010 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Photos
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    • Sources 
      1. [S415] Marriage Certificate- Philadelphia, Orphans Court.