• Hats, 1/1/14

    Hats Jan 1, 2014

    New Year’s prayer
    God grant me love of mind and heart / that when I enter the new year / I’ll clasp my brother’s hand and say / Godspeed, and help him on his way / God grant me strength of mind and heart / that when I enter the new year / I’ll see good in every mother’s child and not one upstart / God grant me love of mind and heart / that when I enter the new year / I will look beyond the simple clay and hope for immortality. God grant me faith of mind and heart / that when I enter the new year / I will fear no task that You may give to me / God grant me peace of mind and heart / that when I enter the new year / to struggling souls my life will be a beacon, reflecting Thee.
    Poem contributed anonymously.

    Gilroy inundated
    The flood which covered Gilroy’s business district after a levee break-through reached a depth of more than one foot, but has now begun to recede. This was the heaviest flood Gilroy has suffered in years, but the citizens feel that with prayer the out-of-season water has done 100 times as much good as damage.
    Practically all of the store basements in the deluged area, and all buildings south of Fifth street along Monterey street were flooded and contained goods were water-soaked and spoiled. Much was given to charity for immediate use, and that is the extent of damage except for the loss of several sheep, goats, and other domestic animals.
    John Freshnow, who lives just outside the city limits, warned that the new levee was broken in several places and many feet of Southern Pacific track washed out. Southern Pacific made immediate plans to re-route trains while repairs were made. 1

    Fremont place adjoins Watsonville junction
    As indicated in a previous issue of the Review, development of the Watsonville junction – Fremont Place is coming along nicely and is about 75% complete. The Pajaro Trading Post reports that the surrounding area has now been surveyed and is ready for construction. The subdivision already has a main passage some 40 feet wide which will extend from the Salinas-Monterey road to the Southern Pacific track. The cross street will be called Holt street. McAllister avenue is viewed as the principal business district, and work has already begun on a fine hostelry. Many quality building lots have been surveyed and are ready for purchase. Those interested should contact the real estate agent at Wells, Fargo, and Company.

    More trouble in Soledad
    In Soledad, trouble is again afoot. Unknown men have thrown bottles through the windows of the store owned by F. E. Bailey. This morning, Bail came up to Salinas and swore out a complaint charging one Katechis, a restaurant man, with disturbing the peace.
    According to the story told by Bail to District Attorney Sargent and Justice Wallace, Katechis and accomplices threw several bottles against the building owed by Bail, then he approached and tried to shove the door open with his shoulder. Failing, Katechis then discharged a pistol and made himself offensive in other ways. These acts were said to have been witnessed and reported by several parties. There upon, Justice Wallace issued a warrant for Katechis’ arrest and placed it in the hands of an officer, for service.
    Booze was at the center of the problem. Whether or not to permit a drink in Soledad remains the question. Katechis is openly opposed to saloons, and is not afraid to say so. Bail is a liquor man, as are most men from Soledad as indicated by the results of a recent election authorizing the sale of liquor. Bail has indicated that he will see the matter through to the end.
    The attack upon Bail’s store has alerted everyone to the fact that they must be alert to riotous conduct.
    Pacific Grove, of course, remains peacefully dry, as it should forever.

    Here and there…

    • Mrs. Grant, the Grove’s most noted dancing teacher, has returned home after a visit to San Francisco.
    • Byron’s Troubadours, for years the headline attraction of the Chautauqua, have signed up for another stint. The troop will give a preview performance of their music on February 11, 1914, at St. Mary’s by the Sea.
    • Mrs. F. H. Holmshaw, from Colfax, and her two children are in the Grove visiting Mrs. H. M. Snapp. The Holmshaw family will be joined by Mr. Holmshaw in two weeks.
    • McCoy’s Transfer moves the world, or so they say. Trunks and suit cases, our specialty. Stop by 573 Lighthouse to get a deal on your entire home. Telephone, Main 283.
    • The factory made a mistake and duplicated the “pillows” order for the Lace house. These pillows will now be sold at cost rather than returned. They are stuffed with real, sanitized feathers and come in various sizes. This is your chance to get new goods at a price you cannot duplicate elsewhere. Posted by L. M. Nix, manager. On the corner of 18th at Lighthouse. 3

    And the cost is…

    • Get your young man in the game. Culp’s on Lighthouse has everything needed for Knuckles Down, whether playing for funzies or for keepsies. Bags containing 2 solid taws and 12 beautiful marbles, 95₵ per set, bag included. 2
    • Our spring stock of colorful wall paper has just arrived and is priced starting at 50₵ a roll when three rolls or more are purchased. A. A. Phillips, contractor, 171 Forest, PG.
    • Two jars of freshly canned vegetables cost you just 25₵ at Curnow &Curnow, grocers.

    Author’s notes…

    1. 1914 may have been an El Niño year, but why only in Gilroy? No reports have been discovered reporting flooding elsewhere.
    2. “Knuckles Down” was a game played by children with marbles. In “funzies” all marbles were returned after the game. In “keepsies”, each player gained ownership of all marbles taken during play.
    3. Factory “mistakes” were a frequent ploy to attract customers

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 24, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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