• Hats, 4/22/11

    Suit filed in superior court
    An important suit has been filed in superior court by the John Tennant Memorial Home, a corporation of Pacific Grove. The plaintiff prays that it be granted sole title, fee simple, to the property of Miss Margaret Tennant, who died on the 3rd day of March, a resident in the care-home founded by and inherited from her late husband, Mr. John Tennant.
    Mrs. F. Nagle is president of the corporation and Rev. C. Cattling is secretary. S. W. Mack is serving as attorney for the petitioners.

    Williams asks for votes
    Dr. J. Williams, candidate for Superintendant of Monterey County Schools, has asked for votes from the residents of the Grove. Speaking at Work hall, Williams presented reasons for doing so.
    Concerning the questions to be settled during the coming term, Williams expects to address them in order as they come, using his best judgment while never forgetting the will of the people. Williams says that he is inclined to think conservatively. He also promised to review the county’s “bill paying” process so that local merchants can be paid off without interminable waits.
    Williams stated that he resolutely favors offering high school manual training, calligraphy, art, music, speaking, and any other modern feature locals may deem of value for their children.
    “There is a great future for this county, and citizens should give thought to how to promote that future with public schools.”

    Who will win May Queen contest?
    At last the May Queen contest is on with a dash, bang, slam. It has taken the Grove by the collar-button as citizens watch the voting, wherein outside wagers are reportedly being made quite freely.
    The editor of the Pacific Grove Review, for instance, has wagered the shaving of his mustache against the wearing of a smashed tall hat (“smashing” with compliments of the Editor) by Dr. W. Hare if Miss Marion Norton, presently in the lead, does not win. In second place comes Miss Rowena Cook. Miss Charlotte Hanson is in third, and Miss Elizabeth Valney registered as forth.
    Grovians may vote at the Review office, at Long and Gretners, or at Holman’s Department store. Vote as often and for as many candidates as you like. Each vote costs 1¢. Proceeds will benefit the Feast of Lanterns celebration. I

    Remember to celebrate California Raisin Day!
    Remember! The last day of April has been set aside as California Raisin Day.
    The raisin men of California have named April 30th Raisin Day and are organizing to make this a sizeable success. The cooperation and assistance of railroads, steamships, hotels, and mercantile establishments throughout California is assured.
    At a Fresno meeting held March 19th, the executive committee decided to raise $35,000 or more to tell in simple advertising language how much good it will do the average citizen to eat raisins, and to offer suggestions about how to prepare the different kinds of raisin. The promotion will promote purchasing a few of the more than 25,000 pounds of raisins now on hand. The advertising is not to be limited to California, but will be extended into the East. Southern Pacific has agreed to make snack raisins available at all of its depot properties, and to encourage other railroads to do the same.
    The principal message: eat raisins on April 30th … and every day thereafter!

    Grove’s Beach Company executives meet
    The Pacific Grove Beach Company executives held their annual meeting Tuesday past.President W. F. Smith presented a report indicating that the season just over had been profitable. The Beach Company has been a vital factor in our businesses growing, and―Smith indicated―no backward step has been taken. It the following election of offices, Smith again was named president. J. H. Melbrough, vice president. W. Gunter, secretary. W. F. Smith was also asked to continue on as general manager. II

    Dog pick-up underway
    Our local dog catcher laments the number of stray dogs wandering the Grove these days. He wishes all to know that the owner of any dog rounded up without a current tag must pay a $5 fine to get the dog back. Dog tags cost $1.50 for females and $1 for males. Animals for which no owner can be found will be disposed of after being held for seven days.

    Notes from around the area…
    • Ballot box is located at school house. You may cast your vote in this special election for superintendent of schools at the high school building.
    • Curfew begins tonight. Following the altercation at the recent Saturday social event, a city curfew has been put in place. Young people should plan to be home by 9 this evening.
    • Lost. Pair of nose glasses with spring cord and fastener. If found, please leave at the Pacific Grove Review office. Reward.
    • Your physician says that a tiny pinch of powdered borax placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve will almost always stop a hacking cough that may keep one awake at night.
    • Hold your small-group meetings at 117 Nineteenth. Space can accommodate from 7 to 10 people, comfortably seated.

    And your check comes to …
    • The plentiful use of apples during the winter and spring is not an extravagance. Apples are one of nature’s best medicines and should be consumed in quantity by all who can afford them. Available from J. Berkeley for 5¢ each.
    • Johnson Bros & Campbell, grocers, are offering a good quality green pea soup at 10¢ a can.
    • Foley’s Kidney Remedy helps cure the kidneys of all that ails them and purifies the blood. 25¢ a bottle at Long & Gretter’s Drugs.
    • Are you a sleepwalker? To cure this dangerous condition, take a cupful of hot Indian Meal gruel just before retiring. Sip it slowly. Indian Meal is available from Fair for 50¢ a bag. III

    Author’s Notes
    I. Until mid-century, penny-a-vote contests proved popular as fund raisers.
    II. The Pacific Grove Beach Company had been formed to promote the Grove’s enterprises. The organization was eventually absorbed into the Chamber of Commerce.
    III. Indian Meal is a coarsely ground foodstuff comprising seeds of various cereal grasses or grains. It is the frequent source of unleavened “hoecakes” baked over an open fire or on a hot stovetop, and as a gruel, a thin, cooked cereal.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 22, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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