• Hats, 1/14/11

    The News … from 1911.
    President Taft taking trip
    President William Taft departed from the White House this week on a speaking tour that will take him 1,500 miles from home. Known to friends and enemies alike as “Big Bill”, Taft planned his first stopping point and speech at Bryn Mawr College, in Pennsylvania, for a very good reason. Miss Helen Taft, one of Taft’s three children, attends Bryn Mawr College as a student. The President will also speak at commencements for Northern Ohio University and Detroit College students. I
    The non-collegiate highlight of the Taft trip will occur in the Little Big Horn country of Montana where he will deliver a eulogy and unveil a monument to the late General George Armstrong Custer. From this point, the Presidential party will return to Washington.

    New kind of eatery opens in Grove
    Mr. S. Winston, owner of the Winston Dining Room, has converted the dining room into a new style eatery called a cafeteria. This will be thrown open to the public Wednesday morning next.
    PaGrovians should be proud that the first cafeteria in Monterey County is located here. Under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Winston, the Winston cafeteria is sure to be a great success. Whatever the culinary couple does in catering to the public is done right.
    After entering the cafeteria, the patron helps himself to a tray, linen napkin, knife, fork, and spoon. He then passes along a passageway which has a railing on one side and a counter on the other. On the counter, the customer sees before him tempting meats of various kinds, dishes of soup, vegetables, fruits, and desserts. Everything is steaming hot or icy cold, according to its nature. The customer picks out the items he wants to eat. The selected item is then served by an attendant and placed upon his tray.
    Before passing to an eating table with his tray of food, the patron is given a check showing the amount charged for his meal. After eating his meal, the patron leaves the tray and dishes on the table and pauses at the counter to pay while on the way out.
    Though the cafeteria is a new departure, it will no doubt prove very popular. The cafeteria will be open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and from 5 to 7:30 pm. Breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday morning, from 8 until 11:30 am.
    The menu for opening day is as follows: French cream soup (5¢), rice-tomato soup (5¢), prime ribs of beef (15¢), leg of lamb (15¢), chicken fricassee (25¢), veal ragout (10¢), Spanish baked salmon (10¢), oyster patties (10¢), spaghetti with tomato-cheese sauce (5¢), garden peas (5¢), asparagus (5¢), crab salad (10¢), stuffed eggs ambrosia (10¢), strawberry shortcake (10¢), pie (5¢), cake (5¢), ice cream (10¢), tea or coffee (5¢).
    A souvenir coin will be given everyone who visits the cafeteria on opening day. II

    Travel plans go awry
    PaGrovians Mrs. W. H. Smith and Miss Abbie Gould climbed aboard a train in- tending to head south to San Diego and then east to Galveston. Their trip proved a bit lengthier than intended.
    In Galveston, the two women had planned to meet Mrs. Smith’s sister, explore Galveston’s exciting casinos and dinner clubs as a group of three, and then return to the Grove where the sister, Mrs. George Butler, would linger several weeks.
    Alas, upon arrival in Galveston, Mrs. Smith and Miss Gould were advised that Mrs. Butler, being too ill to travel, had remained at her home in Key West, Florida. Mrs. Smith and Miss Gould decided there was nothing to be done for the situation except travel themselves to Key West to look after Mrs. Butler. Several weeks after their arrival, Dr. N. Gould—in whose hands Mrs. Butler had placed herself—declared Mrs. Butler adequately recovered to travel. The three women set out for San Diego where friends will be visited before the trip north to the Grove is undertaken.

    Notes from around the area…

    • The trial of Private Grady Willock, Presidio of Monterey, is under way with the taking of evidence. Willock is accused of shooting and killing Joe Perara of Monterey.
    • The Real Estate Exchange of Pacific Grove has just received four lots to sell at a price which is less than half what they are worth. On Pine Avenue, close in. It will pay you to investigate.
    • The Pacific Grove Hotel, which officially re-opened last week after extensive upgrades and renovation, is now accepting advance reservations for the summer season of 1911.
    • Mr. W. B. Filcher has a number of neat cottages for rent. Stop by 412 Sixteenth street.
    • Mr. Job Wood, a former superintendent of schools for Monterey County, is in the Grove accompanied by his wife, Nancy. Mr. Wood is securing signatures to the nomination papers of S. Hyatt for school superintendent.

      The cost of living…

    • Prepare your child for spring. The Fair has baseball mitts hand stitched from genuine leather on reduced prices starting at $1.50.
    • The Campbell Grocery has canned peaches at 15¢ each.
    • You want good work done? Call for E. Simpson, the plumber (or anything else that needs fixing). 22¢ each hour or flat-rate, by-the-job. Estimates provided.

    Author’s Notes
    I. President Taft was called “Big Bill” because of his girth. Weighting in at more than 300 pounds, Taft was the heftiest President the United State has had in office to date.
    II. One hundred years ago, PaGrovians (as we were then called) could order a scrumptious meal for between 50¢ and $1 and have some change left over. Has one of the Winston Cafeteria’s souvenir coins given to customers on opening day remained with any families? If so, we’d love to hear about it.

    Please note! Readers are advised that the 1911 prices quoted herein are no longer valid, nor are these items / properties available from the mentioned seller. The Cedar Street Times appreciates the callers who have attempted to advantage themselves of these 1911 listings, but can be of no help.
    Attitudes and terminology are also from 1911. We remain true to history, whether it is currently politically correct or not. We need to remember that this is a reprint of 100 year-old news and doesn’t reflect current attitudes necessarily. The person who wrote the anonymous letter needs to check the dateline on the story before writing hateful letters.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 14, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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