• Hats, 4/1/11

    Both Grove teams win at basketball
    The boys of the Salinas high school and the Pacific Grove high school played a game in the Grove’s gymnasium on Saturday evening. The Grovian team won the game by the rather amazing score of 74 to 20. There was a large crowd present to enjoy the event and cheer on the winners. The Grove boys showed very soon after the game commenced that they outclassed the Salinas boys, and they had no difficulty in piling up that big score.
    The Grove line-up was as follows: Bertelson (Center), Sharp and McMahon (for- wards), Holman and Wood (guards).
    The Grove girls then played and showed themselves to be almost the equals of the boys. Everyone enjoyed the game except the visitors. The score of this contest was 33 to 14.
    Team members were Salaran (Center), Peebles and Gadowski (guards), Fraizer and Isabella (forwards).
    The athletic prowess of our Grove kids this year is no less than remarkable! I

    Fisticuffs mar dance
    All who gathered at Scobie Hall this past Saturday evening had alleged themselves to be celebrating the birthday of Miss Mabel Lawrey, recently turned 15. For several, such proved to be not the only agenda, however.
    One young man, identified as Walter Jameson, age 18, who had secreted a bottle of Devil Water evidently purchased in Monterey for himself and a few friends to imbibe, began feeling a bit off the feathers. In spite of this, the young man asked the birthday girl to dance. Miss Lawrey refused, explaining that her dance card was filled from top to bottom.
    The young man became irate. Miss Lawrey’s elder brother stepped in, grabbing the would-be suitor by the collar and escorting him toward the door, whereupon several of Walter’s friends decided to have says in the matter. A general fray broke out among several male partiers, and there were blackened eyes and bloodied noses apparent before a constable could be summoned. Damages to the hall were considerable.
    Happy birthday anyway, Miss Lawrey. Once again, we have evidence at hand for keeping Pacific Grove dry.

    Shoe parlor expands into books
    It is widely known around the Grove that George Sheldon’s shoe parlor at the corner of Lighthouse and Forest avenue is the place for up-to-date shoe shining and care. Now it is also the place to polish the mind.
    Sheldon has purchased from an estate sale a goodly supply of 3,500 books.
    These have been placed on shelves around the shoe parlor. Customers are welcomed to exchange a book for 1¢. Books may also be purchased at prices ranging from 25 ¢ to $1.50

    Lads make desperate escape
    Two local juveniles, placed on a train by Coroner J. A. Pell and accompanied by a constable, were thought to be on their ways to Salinas to be turned over to the probation officer. Such was not to be the case however.
    Just outside of Salinas, while the train was backed up into a siding, the boys asked permission to go to the lavatory. The permission was granted. The next seen of them, they were beating it across a field knee-deep in water because of recent rains. The officer got off the train and gave chase, but was unable to overtake the fugitives.
    An investigation showed that they had opened a window in the lavatory and climbed out after the train resumed motion. It was a desperate break for liberty and the lads took desperate chances in making their escapes.

    Notes from around the area…
    • The Ancient Order of Foresters has changed its regular meeting time from Wednesday to Thursday evenings. Meetings will start at 7 pm as usual. The change is to avoid conflict with religious services.
    • El Bethel Mission invites one and all to a Preaching and Praise Service Sunday afternoon at 3. The Divine Healing Meeting will be held on Wednesday, start- ing at 7:30 pm.
    • Postmaster James Harper is holding letters addressed to Mrs. Fannie Frick, Mr. James Miles, Mrs. Joseph Nichols, and Mrs. A. J. Rider. All were posted to Pacific Grove only. Please call at the post office for these items.
    • Due to the altercation this past weekend, hereafter Scobie Hall will not be rented for public dances. This announcement posted by Mrs. William Scobie.

    The cost of living…
    • The Pacific Grove Review is prepared to furnish engraved cards on short notice at prices equal to or less than you will be quoted in San Francisco. Plain, white visiting cards. 55¢ per box of 300. II
    • Ranch for sale, containing 2,500 acres in Salinas Valley. 1⁄2 is farming land and 1⁄2 is good for grazing. Several unadorned buildings including bunkhouse and home. Will sell it all for $8,500. Contact Gerald Buck.
    • Two nicely located lots not far from the high school building. $200 each. Con- tact the newspaper office for information.

    Author’s Notes
    I. Perhaps these games a century ago contributed to development of what is now called March Madness. Certainly the games were enjoyed and supported by large segments of the population.
    II. Visiting cards were a must for romance during the Victorian era. A young man desiring to call on a young woman would present his visiting card after rapping at the front door. If the upper, left corner of the card were bent downward, the indication was that the young lady was aware of this visit and had approved. If the lower, right corner were bent upward this meant the young man had appeared on his own volition, but was hopeful. In either case, the young man was expected to be attired in a jacket and vest and to be wearing a snappy bowler or straw hat.

    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.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 1, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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