• Hats, 5/20/11

    Dies in calamity with auto mobile
    Jesse W. Bryan, formerly a resident, was killed in an accident in San Francisco at about 6 o’clock Wednesday evening.
    Bryan was crossing the street near the Palace hotel when suddenly he slipped and fell in front of a passing auto mobile driven by I. H. Watson of the Otis elevator company. Watson threw his brakes on, but before his machine stopped two wheels had passed over the fallen man. Bryan was rushed to the Harbor emergency hospital where he died a few minutes later.
    Bryan is well known locally, having served as deputy district attorney here several years ago. Bryan was the nephew of the late Jess D. Carr, was 37 years of age, and was unmarried. He lived with his widowed mother in San Francisco where he practiced law. I

    A strange, strange story
    Master Jason Giacomanzi has been thought dead by means of suicide for four years after the young man allegedly leapt from a ferry boat into San Francisco bay. Not so. Now Giacomanzi has returned from his watery grave, very well indeed.
    Just this week, the youth appeared in the Grove for visits. The fact that he is very much alive explodes the suicide theory and solves a problem that has puzzled his sorrowing relatives. At the time of his disappearance, Giacomanzi was pursuing university studies and he held a job with an Oakland real estate firm where he worked in collections. It was supposed that his mind had been affected by over- work and that he had taken his own life in a fit of despondency. This suspicion was confirmed when the boy’s father received a letter from him in which was an epitaph which the young man asked to have inscribed upon his tombstone: “He was as sane as anyone.” The letter was very incoherent and concluded with the announcement: “I expect to kill myself by jumping from a ferry-boat between Oakland and San Francisco.” Giacomanzi was not heard from again.
    Giacomanzi now says he was very ill at the time and knows nothing about how and when he left Oakland. He recovered from his lapse of memory in Portland, Oregon, although he had no satisfactory explanation for then failing to communicate with his family. He relays only a story of his four years of wandering through Oregon, Washington, the Dakotas, Indiana, and Minnesota as a drear record of beating his way along in railroad boxcars and laboring in the harvest fields and at odd jobs for beggarly pay. Jason says that he was most recently working as a track-walker for a railroad company.
    In Minnesota, Giacomanzi says that he became acquainted with a young lady.
    After she was told her new friend’s story Giacomanzi says that she induced him to return to California and re-take his proper place in society. II

    Making cement steps
    W. G. Smith of the Pacific Grove beach company is busily at work pouring cement steps. Smith’s creations will be laid so that they lead to the beach at the east end of the casino. This is an improvement certain to be appreciated by summer visitors to the Grove and by residents alike. III

    Flickers at the new Colonial theatre
    If you want to enjoy a really pleasant evening, do not fail to attend the Colonial this weekend. On hand are five reels of excellent moving pictures which, by the way, is the largest picture program now being run in Monterey County. There’s no longer any need of going to Monterey or Salinas to see a good moving pictures show, go to the Grove’s Colonial and see “In Old Madrid” (comedy-drama), “The Tall Man” (dramatic playlet), “Crazy Gulch (comedy), “The Golden Gate” (story of the West), and “The Hobo’s Roundup” (tramp story). IV
    All can be seen for a dime. The show commences at 7:30 sharp. Be there!

    Notes from around the area…

    • A valuable silk parasol has been reported as missing. Please bring by the Re- view office and claim your reward.
    • The Pacific Grove coffee club will be open Sunday afternoons. Fresh pie is available. 25¢ by the slice, with whipped topping. Pacific Grove Bakery.
    • For the best aluminum ware see Thomas Cope, peddler. Guaranteed for fifteen years. Sample pieces are available for viewing and for one-day loan. 231 Park street. V
    • Get healthy! Spoon & Hicks reminds you that the season of fresh fruits and vegetables is upon us. Baskets of the best are available at their outdoor market.
    • Mrs. S. Fridley and her daughter are preparing to travel north for a visit of several weeks with relatives living in Oakland.
    • Must sell. A good mare, now with foal, good horse for general purposes. Healthy. Also, a six months old colt. See at 226 Cedar street in the Grove.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Consider giving your wife a carving knives set for her birthday. Manufactured by American Cutlery from German steel. Warranted. Attractively boxed. $4.48 at Wright’s hardware store.
    • See our store for extra fine toilet soaps. Colgate’s Cashmere Body Beautiful in a special bar boxed and wrapped in tissue, 48¢. Long & Gretner.
    • If you are in pain over a broken pane, see Wright’s hardware store. Glazed, front-door panes with colored border inserts. Quaker style. $4.65.
    • Woven, Angora place mats. 10¢ each. Set of 8, 75¢. The Fair at the Grove.

    Author’s Notes
    I.  A brother who lived in Hollister also survived Bryan.
    II.  Although research is continuing, the role of the unnamed girl in this story has not yet been discovered. There seems the possibility that she may have been involved from the start and may have been part of the reason for a “pretended” suicide.
    III.  Contemporaries usually think of a casino as a place for gaming. One hundred years ago, however, the word more often referred to a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc.
    IV. At 10¢ per seat, the Colonial was underselling the Work Theater which was asking 15¢ per seat.
    V. One hundred years later, attitudes have certainly changed. Can you imagine a contemporary merchant “loaning” you a cooking pot or skillet for a try-out?References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’s Grammar (1890).

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 20, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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