• Hats, 5/27/11

    Plowing with a gasoline engine
    That the business of farming is being revolutionized was demonstrated at Oliver Hardin’s ranch, near Salinas, this past weekend. There, a sizable crowd of interested persons―several from the Grove―observed as a small field was turned over with a plow … pulled not by mules but by a mechanical device.
    A representative of the Deere Company was on hand to speak and make the demonstration. Everything went flawlessly except for the machine tending to stall when a heavy rock was encountered by the plow. The Deere Company plans to name its new line of mechanized pulling devices “John Deere” in honor of the firm’s founder. Refreshments were enjoyed after the demonstration. I

    Flag Raising Sunday
    The people of San Juan Bautista are preparing to observe a notable anniversary Sunday: California Flag Raising Day. Contingencies from the Grove, Watsonville, Monterey, and Salinas plan to travel to San Juan to participate. From that mission community, this group will be transported by various conveyances up Fremont Peak to the site of the flag-raising.
    The event marks an association with the first raising of the United States flag. A column of stones marks the site where General John Fremont, in 1816, during his march over the Gabilan mountains, paused to raise the flag. This is considered the moment that the American colors were first displayed in California. The actual event will be followed by a day filled with festivities. All are encouraged to carry along a food basket, plenty of snacks, and a canteen of water as there is nothing for sale at the peak.
    The celebration is planned annually by the California American Flag Raising Association. A sizable crowd is expected for this year’s event. II

    Toll road from the Grove to Carmel
    The people of Carmel have expressed a desire to have the Pacific Improvement Company open a toll road from Pacific Grove to Carmel-by-the-Sea. If the company agrees, the communities of Pacific Grove and Carmel have elected to donate $400 each to the project. The road, if opened, will cross the mountain and then follow the beach from the Carmel mission to Pebble Beach Lodge. It is hoped that the new road can be opened next spring.

    PG veterinarian still in Mexico
    A letter from Dr. and Mrs. C. B. Outlier, who have been in the state of Durango, Mexico, for several months, was received in this city last week.
    Dr. Outlier, who has been engaged in veterinarian services there, said that the Insurrectos had become active near Lazarca, where the doctor and his wife have been lodging, and that they had fled that place and gone to Torreon, eighty-five miles distant. They made the trip in a stage to the nearest train connection. There, they had to wait several days until the Insurrectos permitted the train to run. At Torreon, the couple is waiting to get a train out of the country, but with poor prospects as no trains had left Torreon for thirty days.

    The letter states that the insurrection is spreading and that the country is in a state of civil war. Owner of ranches near Lazarca have driven off their best stock and have gone to the City of Mexico. There has been fighting less than thirty miles from Lazarca. III

    Great damage on Fifteenth street
    This week’s storms created havoc on Fifteenth street, leaving a deep gully which extends nearly all the way from Pine to Lighthouse. The gully left by the first heavy downpour was small compared with the deep ravine that now makes the thoroughfare impassible.
    Water came pouring down the unpaved street with only a small portion going through the ditch dug for storm water. With the water came sand and gravel, most of which was deposited upon Lighthouse avenue.
    About 5:15 am, night watchman Frank Wilkerson awakened C. P. Gallup to tell Gallup that water was running through his grocery store. City Trustee F. R. Martin, his son Ed, and H. C. Bushnell joined Wilkerson in filling and placing sand bags.
    On the west side of Fifteenth, between Lighthouse and Laurel, four cottages were swept away.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Charles Norton, real estate broker, now writes fire, life, and accident insurance. Stop by 571 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, and learn how you can protect yourself and your family.

    • The New Grove Suit Cleaners and Dying can make older garments look new. 301 Fountain in the Grove.

    • The bill at the Monterey theatre is a fine one this week as there are two ex- ceptionally good vaudeville acts and an illustrated song to enjoy woven into a variety of living pictures. IV

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Mrs. Joyce will do your housework and tend your children. 35¢ an hour or $3 for a ten-hour day. Excellent references!

    • Raise backyard chickens! Eggs for hatching. Buff Minorca, a new breed. Fertility guaranteed. 2¢ an egg. 34¢ by the dozen.

    • Spruce up for spring and summer. Culp Brothers is offering top-of-the-line paint, your choice of six colors. Quart cans, 75¢ or $8.50 per dozen. Carriage Black on special at 65¢ or $6 per dozen. Ask your operator for telephone number 123.

    • Artistic picture frames in a great variety. Prices different, but always right. Six inch cabinet frame, 60¢. The Fair of Pacific Grove.

    • The Hawthorne is one of the finest bicycles on the American market … if our opinion counts for anything. 24 pounds. Workmanship guaranteed. $45. Phillips & Lawrey. 212 Forest Avenue.

    Author’s Notes
    I. The word “tractor”, taken from the Latin word “trahere”, meaning “to pull” was first known to be used in 1901 but had not become popular by 1911. The term “traction engine” was more commonly used.
    II. The John Fremont house, where Fremont stayed in Monterey, still stands next to the Monterey Post Office.
    III. Troops from the Monterey Presidio were on standby alert for TDY (Temporary Duty) transfer to the Mexican border.
    IV. Illustrated songs were a popular art form at the turn of the last century. A single song was usually accompanied by up to 16 different images that “illustrated” the lyrics. Magic lanterns or stereopticons projected the images onto the screen. Often, the audience was invited to sing along. In later years, “sing along with the bouncing ball” entertainments became a follow-up to illustrated songs. “Living” pictures were also called moving pictures, movies, and flickers.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ 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 27, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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