• 100 Years Ago in Pacific Grove, 10/17/13

    by Jon Guthrie

    Cigar store closes
    By the time you read this edition of the Pacific Grove Review, the Grove may no longer have a store dedicated entirely to the sales of ¢tobacco products and what-nots 1. Mr. P. F. Steggo stopped by the Review, yesterday, to advise this newspaper that Friday, this week, would be the last day for the Forest avenue cigar store to remain open and in business. Mr. Steggo said that he plans to transport all remaining merchandise to his new cigar store on Alvarado in Monterey on Saturday. At the store’s grand opening, set for Monday, all purchases of stock-in-hand will entitle the purchaser to one, free tobacco stick. 2 Steggo also said that he has included a supply of candies, including lemon drops, to pass along to the children of customers. When asked if he had included peppermint sticks to lick, Steggo answered in the affirmative. In the opinion of this under-epicurean editor, a slow-melting peppermint stick is worth more than a pair of fast-burning cigars, with all due respects given to Cuba and P. F. Steggo.

    Closed-body Buick coming to grove
    William Durant, promoter of the Buick Auto-Vim and Power company’s auto mobile, has announced a stop-over here in the Buick closed vehicle’s six day road trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Durant said that the Buick is designed for wealthier Americans, of which the Grove has too few, making this a brief call, but this is the only car in the world with an entirely closed body style and inside seating for 5. The first-in-the-world closed auto mobile was introduced in 1911 3 and, to date, only 32 have been built and four sold. The vehicle has cam-n-head construction 4, which adds to its popularity. The auto mobile may be viewed at the corner of Lighthouse and Forest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Then it moves on to San Luis Obispo, where it can be viewed Monday morning in front of the main building on the Polytech campus. 5

     Petition ready
    The petition to encourage the state legislature to undertake building of a state highway is ready for your signature. You are encouraged to stop in at the Review office and sign. We need that road!

    See the play and hear the voices!
    Mister Mark Hanna, Proprietor of the Opera House theater, has advised this editor of a coming illusion that is startling and holds out an effect that is weird. Hanna promises that if you attend one of the viewings, you will not only see a wonderful picture, you will hear the characters actually speaking … in their own voices. The upshot is an amazing, unbelievable outcome. One patron said he could not recall what the film was about, he was so busy looking for the source of the voices. Called “Talkies”, films with sound seem a technological achievement that is here to stay. Showings Monday and Tuesday only. Evening seats are 35¢ Tuesday matinee, 25¢.

    State “Aggies” to meet
    The California State Agriculture Society will hold its annual conference next week in Sacramento. Among the topics to be considered are methods of fertilizing, clearing stones from fields, and new products for the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Atheros have already departed by train to serve as central California representatives. Mr. Atheros will report about the conference at the Civic Club on Monday evening, next.

    Solving the mystery

    A crew of about twelve are preparing to depart for south Monterey Country to investigate the mystery of the haunted gold mines. Once thought to be the economic salvation of the area, production sputtered as strange happenings began to occur. First came the disappearance of several Mexicans hired to work the mines. A rich vein also disappeared leaving behind no indication of ever having been. The few sheds thrown up as a mining camp were ransacked, but by whom, and strange noises emanated from the area. A shadowy female figure has been reported wandering in and out of one of the old mines, and the sound of digging can be heard on a moonlight night. T. F. Fry, expedition leader, said that plans include a 24 hour watch. Fry promises to report back to the Review upon completion of the expedition.

     Side track (tidbits from here and there)

    • Where will $10 buy you the work of $12 to $15? At the bank of E. Cooke Smith, that is where. Open your savings account today and get a free pass book.
    • The Grove laundry offers superb work and the new suit-cleaning process.
    • Miss Francis Finckle is in town from San Jose visiting with her fiancée, Master George McCord, Jr.
    • Mr. R. A. Torrington of Gonzales was in the Grove yesterday on business.
    • The Rev. G. Marshall, San Francisco, will be the guest pastor at St Mary’s this Sunday

     And the cost is…

    • Good smoking “Indian” cigars, imported from Cuba. Half price at 17¢ until Friday. The Cigar store on Forest.
    • Twin-gears. “Big Spoke” bicycles are on sale at Wright’s hardware. $26.50. Your choice of red, green, or black.
    • The new Burlingame store offers everything for the home. Try the new “middies”. Hang over a window and you can see out, but no one can see in. Great for indoor bathrooms. 20” X 40”, then cut to size. $1.55 a sheet.
    • Kellogg’s Ant paste makes ants disappear. On sale at all drug stores. Demand the cap that rattles. 25¢ by the bottle.

    Authors notes…

    1.  “What-nots’” referred here to goods made from the dried roots and plants, and woven leaves of the tobacco plant.
    2. “Tobacco sticks” were parts of the tobacco plant twisted onto a small, toothpick-sized “stick” so that they could be sucked or chewed, and easily inserted into or removed from the mouth like a sucker.
    3. Ford did not adopt the enclosed body until nearly five years later.
    4. “Cam-in-head” refers to overhead cams, then a remarkable new technology.
    5. “Vim” means vigor and panache. A much more popular word then than now, the Buick Vim and Power Company was renamed the Buick Motor Company. This may have been a tongue-in-cheek comment, as the name change had been made years earlier.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 17, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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