• Hats, 3/25/11

    Burglary suspect captured; Umbrella Man sought
    Joe Rezzalleti, who assisted in robbing the Berghicker home and who has been captured in San Jose, has made a full and complete confession. The suspect had kept silent until information that his pal got away with at least $100 in cash was fed to him.
    The suspect said: I first met a man who was repairing umbrellas in a hobo camp. He said he was called the Umbrella Man and suggested that I go into a house-robbing venture with him, but I declined. I stayed around the camp for a while, and had something to eat with this Umbrella Man. He again suggested that I go into business with him, but I again declined. Last Friday morning, I was in town where I again met the man. He asked me if I had had anything to eat, which I had not. I went with him to get something and then we also took a few drinks together. The kindness that he showed led me to agree to help him.
    We went to the Berghicker residence sometime after eight o’clock that night and looked around outside. Everything was dark in the house, and the Umbrella Man said he had heard the people who lived there were away. But to make sure that no one was home, we got some rocks to chuck at windows and walls and then hid to watch for anything happening. After we satisfied ourselves that no one was around, we entered. The Umbrella Man posted me near the front door to keep watch. About twenty minutes later, he come up to me and handed me a handful of jewelry, saying that was my share. He said we better get out of there, but go our separate ways as it might appear suspicious, us being together. I agreed, not knowing anything about him getting that money. He also said that I should be careful and head back to the hobo camp. He told me he had some friends around Pacific Grove and would rent a room for himself from one of them. I don’t know if he did. I haven’t seen him since.
    Legal proceedings will commence after Rezzalleti is brought from San Jose. The search for the Umbrella Man continues.

    Holman’s Employs Poet
    Mr. Holman may not have done so with intention, but the fellow—William Davidson—Holman hired to work as Holman’s Department Store shoe- and boot-repairman does more than simply repair shoes and boots. Davidson also writes poetry. So Mr. Holman solicited Davidson to write bits of rhyme to include with advertising. Here is a recent example, turned over to your editor.

    It’s the soles of people I keep in view,
    For I am the doctor of boots and shoe.
    I serve the living, not the dead,
    With the best of leather, wax, and thread. A good many patients come to our store, Worn out and run down, even quite sore … Though I don’t use poultice, plaster, or pill, I cure all sick shoes … no matter how ill.

    Grove schools celebrate Abe Lincoln’s birthday
    The public schools of the Grove fittingly observed our slain President’s birthday by gathering at the high school building and presenting a patriotic program. There was appropriate singing and speaking by seventh, eighth, and ninth graders. Groups of high school students presented playlettes.
    Colonel J. Weaver of the Presidio then spoke. He was accompanied to the school ground by a delegation of the GAR Post. Appropriate decorations added to the enjoyment of the occasion. I

    Notes from around the area…
    • Master James Springer, field secretary for the state Young Men’s Christian Association, who has been here to attend the students conference in Monterey, will leave this evening for his home in Los Angeles.
    • Mrs. L. Sergeant, of Stockton, mother of Mrs. C. W. Norton of the Grove, is staying here on a bit of a holiday.
    • Mr. L. E. Oliver, who has been visiting relatives here for the past two weeks, is about to leave the Grove for Grand Forks in Canada where he is employed in a big smelter. II

    The cost of living…
    • The Del Monte Dairy’s heavy whipping cream is now being offered on special at F. J. Wyeth, Grocer, where your credit is always good. 10¢ by the pint. III
    • First-class laundering requires more than a willingness to wash and iron things so hard they turn out mangled. Take your dirties to the Grove Laundry Co. at the corner of 12th and Lighthouse. Telephone 421 for pickup and delivery. Men’s washables, 5¢ for 5 pounds.
    • Not advertising is like the fellow who throws his sweetheart a silent kiss in the dark. He knows what he is doing, but his sweetheart and nobody else do. That is the reason we are advertising. We want your business! The Grove’s Bank of E. Cooke Smith is paying 4% interest on savings. Open an account with us for free. Come in and let us talk it over.
    • Don’t miss the Coffee Club’s special cream pie sale on April 1st. Any kind of cream pie and a cup of coffee cost just 10¢, and that is no April Fool’s prank.
    • The Civic Club House is available to be rented by your organization for any purpose. The entire club costs $6 per day, $4 per evening, or $10 for the entire day and evening.

    Author’s Notes
    I. GAR refers to the Grand Army of the Republic which was composed of veterans of the Union Army who served in the Civil War.
    II. In 1911, Grand Forks was being founded by pacifists from Russia, known as Doukhabors, who had been advised by the Tsar that they must leave Russia or be pressed into the Russian military. To survive in Canada, the Doukhabors founded the Phoenix copper operation. An unskilled people more interested in meditation than work, the Doukabors hired most of the mine and smelter labor force. Giant slag piles still survive. as does a population of about 20,000 Doukabors.
    III. Although the issuance of easy credit was a common practice in 1911, it may not have been such a wise idea. When his store closed, Wyeth held more than $50,000 in unredeemed credit chits.

    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 values, but we can be of no help.

    Know some news or trivia from a century ago? Contact the author Jon Guthrie: profguthrie@gmail.com.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 25, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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