• Hats, 6/24/11

    Storm Sweeps State; Scores Flee
    As a result of the fierce weekend storm, scores of Grovians climbed aboard trains and fled inland to escape a rare spring storm. More sought shelter in a church or inside the Grove’s pavilion. An estimated hundred persons are sheltered in a San Jose school, the San Ynez Mission of Santa Barbara continued to shelter victims even though the venerable structure was heavily damaged, and Watsonville has forty people crowded into a gymnasium.
    The river at Sacramento, already flooded, rose from 19 feet to 23 feet in 24 hours. Rivers Salinas and Pajaro are both over their banks. Around the state, trains are running far behind schedule, if they are running at all.
    After a bit of a Monday respite, the gods of wind and rain are expected to continue venting their wrath both Tuesday and Wednesday. I

    Survey work completed
    The survey of specified areas around Monterey County towns is now complete. The emphasis was on the town of Salinas (in the neighborhood of the Spreckles and Sausal Rancho), New Monterey, and the hills above Pacific Grove. Mr. A. Buckwell, in charge of the survey, advised anyone having an eye on eligible property to ask for particulars. Choice lots are available at very reasonable prices. Terms available. II

    Home orchestra to perform
    The Orchestral Society of Pacific Grove and Monterey is preparing for a grand concert on this coming Sat. evening. This performance, to which many are looking forward, is to be performed in the Civic Center hall. The Orchestral Society is composed of youthful musicians from both Monterey and Pacific Grove. It is hoped that there will be a sizable audience attending. The Society has fallen in debt and is presenting this concert in the hope that it may meet its obligations. Tickets are on sale in the Grove at the Culp Brothers store.

    City Trustees discuss Grove’s affairs
    The City Trustees held a meeting on Monday evening in the city hall with all members present except Trustee J. P. Pryor.
    Two communications were read. One was from Trustee Pryor requesting the Board to take no action on the issuance of bonds during his absence. The other communica- tion was from W. R. Holman requesting that an ordinance be passed compelling city employes to pay their bills, some of which are of long standing. However, Trustee Benwick argued that the city cannot take such action as it has no business interfering in private matters. Attorney H. G. Jorgenson stated that the appropriate manner of settle- ment is obtained by suit and, if approved, filing of a judgment with the city clerk. The matter was tabled for further study. III

    • A report was made regarding five hundred dollars to be paid by the Grove for damages incurred when crossing the railroad tracks with ditches for storm water drainage. No discussion followed.
    • The bid of the Mysell Rollins Company of $34.50 to redo the tax assessment roll was accepted.
    • L. Peterson addressed the board regarding purchasing a motor car for the fire department. Fire Chief W. C. Gretter submitted the plan offered by the Monterey County Water Works for instituting new water mains. The cost will be $10,600 plus the payment of 5% for nominal depreciation.

    Limit Marriage Length
    Mrs. Hariot Hoit Dey, the prominent club woman, spoke at the Grove’s civic center in favor of making life-time marriages illegal. Mrs. Dey favors terms of seven years, after which a couple may be remarried … or not.
    Mrs. Dey propounded this theory: “I base my demand for a seven-years’ time limit on the fact that the human system changes at least once every seven years. One might be madly in love during the first period of married life, say three or four years, but wake up to find that husband or wife is the complete opposite of one’s dreams and have become wholly unsuited as a marital partner. On the last day of the seventh month, either partner may simply walk away. On the other hand, a brief ceremony will renew the contract for another seven years. Many married couples will be happy to know they have this opportunity for freedom without fuss or muss. Financial arrangement and child custody are to be worked out in the same fashion as it is today following a divorce.”
    Mrs. Dey reportedly devised her seven-years plan when a man she had married suddenly and openly became fonder of Johnny Corn than he was of Mrs. Dey. IV

    Notes from around the area…

    • Married upon the summit of a mountain overlooking the sea were Grovian John W. Baldwin to Miss Harriet Bowden of Watsonville. The Rev. T. S. Roberts officiated.
    • Mention should be made of the coming to this area by the radical aspirant for Congress, F. M. Pixley, who intends to address voters upon the political issues of the day, most assuredly in furtherance of his candidacy.
    • The Williams Jubilee Singers have arrived by train and will appear tonight at the Methodist church.
    • The town trustees have decided to award the city’s printing jobs to W. C.  Brown and E. C. Hubert, when approved by the finance committee. V

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Concert by the Orchestra Society of Pacific Grove and Monterey Sat. evening. 25¢ a seat requested donation.
    • Mariposa Furnishings will sell you springs and mattress with a 20 year guarantee that this bed contains only pure, long-fiver cotton and will never become uneven or lumpy. We have a display model on hand at Ely’s Candy Store in Pacific Grove. $18 with round, mattress edge. $20 with rolled, decorative edge.
    • Ladies fine silk belt with silver buckle. $2.75. See our complete selection at the Fair in Pacific Grove.

    Author’s Notes
    I. Although such was not known yet, an El Nino evidently dominated the 1911 weather scene.
    II. In 1911, most Grove-area lots were priced from $100 to $300.
    III. This was the era of easy credit and many customers failed to pay up. One Pacific Grove grocer reported holding $65,000 in bogus chits when he shut his doors. Mr. Holman, of Holman’s Department Store, may have been feeling the credit crunch when he asked the Trustees to get involved in collecting his past- due accounts.
    IV. Mrs. Dey was but one of numerous “advocacy” speakers to pass through Pacific Grove. While giving women the right to vote would soon win the day, seven- year marriages seemed less popular. This probably because of religious traditions.
    V. The Review Printing Company had previously held this contract. However, it appears the Review (newspaper) editor and several trustees had fallen into a period of acidic disputes.

    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 June 24, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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