• Hats, 7/22/11

    Exposure of graft
    A few weeks ago, a sanctimonious individual dressed in clerical garb, whose most prominent physical characteristics were curly hair, scrub-brush whiskers, and an ingratiating smile, went through the Grove like a dose of salts and gathered a few shekels from our unwary residents. He styled himself a minister and professed to be a member of the Prison Reform Association. His ostensible purpose was to collect money for the cause he claimed to represent.
    The smug complacency of the fellow as he passed along leaving no regrets in his trail is remarkable and regretful. The fellow used, without authority, the names of influential people in working his marks. County-wide, his alleged list of subscribers contained the names of District Attorney Free and Judge Gosbey, neither of whom had contributed a cent to this nonexistent cause. The scheme was finally punctured by an alert S. G. Tompkins when he noticed that these and a few other names belonged to acquaintances known to be uninvolved.
    This fellow, we were told, has been going nonchalantly about the country gathering contributions. So, if you are approached, notify the law immediately. I

    Big crowd hears Rev. Dr. Henry
    Rev. Dr. J. Q. A. Henry, son of the late J. A. Henry, completed an extensive mission last week in New Zealand. He started his evangelical drive in the city of Wellington, in honor of his deceased father, more than a year ago when he spoke on April 1st, 1910. The closing meetings of that fruitful campaign were held at Invercargill , which has the distinction of being one of the southern-most cities in the world. II
    Dr. Henry plans to return to his homeland by way of Australia. Then he expects to spend a year on the Pacific Coast in evangelistic work. Dr. Henry’s family has already returned home.

    Sheriff Nesbitt Improving
    Sheriff W. J. Nesbitt, who was injured an auto mobile accident, is getting along very nicely. Dr. Lawrence said that a further examination showed that his only serious injury is the fracture of his left shoulder.

    Picnic on sylvan walk
    Mrs. G. J. Wyeth and her Pacific Grove Sunday school class enjoyed an all day picnic at the Sylvan walk near Del Monte Resort on Friday. Those who enjoyed the event were Hope Gould, Eva Stevens, Ruthie Kyle, Annie Sabine, Ellen Forthingham, Darlene Neighbor, Maggie Stuart, Winifred Humphrey, and Edna Elliott,

    YMCA conference will be held in Grove
    The eleventh annual student conference of the Young Men’s Christian Association will begin its regular, annual session Sunday at the Pacific Grove Hotel. Rev. Robert Freeman of Pasadena, pastor of the largest and wealthiest church in that city, will be the keynoter. L. Wilbur Messerest of Chicago, who has charge of twenty different YMCAs, will report on his work and how he accomplishes everything that he does. The schedule for each day of the next ten days is as follows: 6:15, rising bell; 6:45 morning watch, 7:15 breakfast; 8, Bible classes, 10; conference hour; 11:10, break; 12:30, lunch; 2, conferencing; 6, vocational words, 7:30, dinner, 9:00, evening services. III

    Trees will add to value of Grove property
    Taking as his subject “Street Ornamentation”, Mr. J. H. Reed, City Tree Warden for Riverside, told his Chautauqua audience that planting trees not only adds to the beauty of a city, it adds to the value of its property.
    Indeed, Reed said, the principal means of beautifying the world’s streets is by tree planting. There is nothing that relieves the monotony and ugliness of bare streets so quickly and thoroughly as properly chosen, well cared-for trees. There is nothing that adds so much to a community’s beauty and comfort. The added everyday satisfaction that streets lined with trees give to the residents of any city pay all the cost of the trees many times over, but they have another value that will appeal to some who may care nothing for the esthetic. Tree planting has high commercial values. Other things being equal, the city that has made itself, or is making itself green will secure the largest portion of the thousands of well-to-do, desirable people seeking homes.
    Lovely forest abodes like Pacific Grove should take shame in the wonton destruction of trees. Commerce aside, beauty is the most important factor in a city’s well feeling. With tree planting costing as little as ten dollars, tree included, the Grove should obligate itself to some sort of a tree-planting program. IV

    Notes from around the area…

    • Helen E. Dooley has set up for business in the Grove. A mechano-therapist, Mrs. Dooley uses a systematic combination of drugless methodology. Her specialty in effecting cures is a combination of electric light bath, massage manipulation, therapeutic lamp, and vibration. Office hours are 9 to 12, and 1 to 4 at 308 Thirteenth street.
    • Treat & Hudson are practicing law in an office over the bank of Monterey.
    • Ormiston Swayze, MD, is ready to take care of your eye, ear, nose, and throat problems. 369 Pine, Pacific Grove.
    • Prof. H. W. Stuart, his wife, and little son, returned to the Grove for a respite this week. They are occupying the double cottage at 145 Carmel Avenue. Professor Stuart is a speaker at Chautauqua, and his family members are hosting another Chautauqua speaker, Professor A. W. Moore of Chicago University.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Do you need some outstanding plumbing work done? Plumber E. Simpson is on call. Rates as low as $1 for a ten-hour day. Estimates given.
    • Dog taxes now due. Male dog, $1. Female dog, $2. If your dog winds up unlicensed in the city pound, it will cost you one dollar in addition to the license tax. It is cheaper to pay up and avoid trouble. E. B. Rich, dog catcher and tax collector.
    • We have several five-acre tracts about six miles from the Grove on the railroad and a dirt road. Good sandy loam soil. One-half of each five acres planted to eucalyptus trees, grown to about six feet tall. Last year 128 sacks of potatoes were raised on land adjacent to our tracts. For the present, we can sell these five acre plots at $100 per acre. You may make a 1/3 down payment and pay the balance on easy terms. Call Monterey County Real Estate in Pacific Grove to get full particulars.

    Author’s Notes
    I. Door-to-door thievery was commonplace in 1911. Today, with computer scams available, going door-to-door is too much work to be in vogue.
    II. New Zealand, site of several conflicts between incoming Europeans and indigent Maori, also saw conflicts between whalers and dry-land citizens. After the quarrels were largely settled, New Zealand became a popular target for evangelic activity, particularly Presbyterian.
    III. The YMCA originated as an effort to provide low-cost, “sin-free” housing for young men while traveling. The YMCA developed into a social organization for Christian men in 1855. Today, the YMCA is open to all comers regardless of religion.
    IV. Dan and Beth Cort involved themselves in establishing a similar “trees for Pacific Grove” program while Dan served as mayor.

    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 July 22, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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