• Hats, 9/26/14

    Main line
    Dodge Brothers introduce new auto line
    The Dodge Brothers, long-time manufacturers of the Ford chassis, have opted to separate from Henry Ford and go into the auto mobile manufacturing business on their own. Established in 1900 by John Francis and Horace Elgin Dodge, the Dodge Brother’s Company was dedicated to exclusively manufacturing parts for auto mobiles. Shortly after opening, the Dodge Brothers Company began providing contracted services for Ford. Some say that John Francis and Horace Elgin were more responsible for Ford auto mobiles than was Henry himself. Recently, however, John Francis and Horace Elgin chaffed over the vast publicity received by Henry Ford and the lack of their own. They were also upset by Ford’s refusal to adopt the “sliding gear” transmission recently developed by the Dodge Brothers.
    Locally, Charles Culp of the Culp Brothers’ auto motive, has stated that he hopes Culp Bros can land a commission to represent the Dodge Bros. new vehicle. 1

    Vincent Group, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
    The Vincent group of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) held its annual closing exercises this past week, followed by supper and entertainments. The assembly convened in the Epworth League parlor of Pacific Grove’s Methodist- Episcopal church. The circle’s streamer and Chautauqua logo had been carefully placed for a pleasing effect. This being Dickens’ year, a handsome picture of the famous author had been hung. A silk banner spanned the room bearing the year’s slogan: The times of man advance.
    Upon the tables and all flat surfaces, bowers of roses wrapped in maidenhair ferns were centered. The English rose was the group’s flower of the year.
    Sixty individuals answered attendance call.
    After a supper—catered by the Pacific Grove Hotel kitchen—was enjoyed, Mrs. W. E. Grimes, president, called the assembly back to order. The time had arrived for entertainments.
    Rev. Joseph Wilkes delivered a humorous history of the CLSC with principal characters Joe and Jane Readwell. Mrs. Etta Lloyd led the group in a rousing rendition of the class cheer. The Rev. Doctor L. M. Burwell spoke on the Sense or Nonsense of Evolution. Mr. J. Turner and Miss Carole Moore presented a musical medley. Miss Anna Jones recited a lengthy poem she had written. The values of the Classics in Modern Education were discussed by R. H. Willey. Mrs. O. R. Sheppa talked about the Restorative Value of Chautauqua. Mrs. Etta Lloyd and Mrs. M. E. Hester were honored as Chautauqua pioneers.
    The meeting then closed with the group singing of the Chautauqua song. 2

    Old pillow stops sale
    M. J. Baker has been trying for the past several years to sell his Salinas Valley ranch. Baker has had his place listed with real estate agents and many parties have come around to look the ranch over. Just recently a deal was struck with two gentlemen from Italy and the ranch was to change hands. Mr. Baker was packing his belongings into a truck. Hunter had just picked up a sofa pillow for inclusion when he heard one of the Italians shouting.
    “Il cuscinova con il lugo.” [The pillow goes with the place.]
    “That’s where you are wrong,” countered Baker.
    “Sir! Vi sono, in sostanza, rubare.” [You are, in essence, stealing.]
    “I am not. This pillow has been part of the ranch for years. I have often rested myself upon its softness.”
    The Italian replied: “Well, by golly, you’ll not have this pillow to sit upon again.”
    “You are quite mistaken,” cried Baker.
    As it turned out, the pillow remained with the place … but then, so did Baker. Baker marched by auto mobile to Santa Cruz where he had his bank. He withdrew the amount of refund, gave it to the Italians, and demanded that the deed be returned. The ranch was again Baker’s … all because of an old pillow. 3

    Free trains
    Mrs. W. R. Hurst has agreed to pay for a railroad passenger car to bring folks from Monterey to the Grove to enjoy the last of the Chautauqua season. An omnibus will be waiting to transport participants to and from the campground of the Young Women’s Christian Association. Ladies! Be sure to pack your lunch. Trains are scheduled to make the run every fifteen minutes.

    New teachers selected
    Miss Culler, Miss Dickson, and Miss Harbaugh have been chosen to teach in the Pacific Grove school system during the coming year. The Centralia Hotel is offering a complimentary room until the educators get settled in elsewhere.

    Side track – Tidbits from here and there

    • Telephone the Del Monte and your dirty laundry will be picked up, cleaned, and delivered. Dry cleaning available. Cheap rates!
    • Fairchild Women’s Relief Corps No. 95 meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month in the Work Company auditorium. Meetings begin at 2. This notice is posted by Emma Hall, President.
    • S. L. Fritz, agent for Wells Fargo & Company, can exchange country property for city.
    • Strong & Camp Real Estate is leasing or renting cottages for next season.
    • Mrs. Carolyn Opal has returned from Riverside where she attended the conference of the California Confederation of Women.
    • Roy Wright traveled up the Carmel River by auto mobile and returned in the same

      with a fine string of trout.

    • Pacific Grove’s new Western Union office handled sixty messages yesterday.

    And the cost is …

    • Kellogg’s ant paste with the cap that rattles is the only application guaranteed to keep ants at bay. Yours for only 25ȼ a can. Obtain from any drug store.
    • Eleven large bars of laundry soap can be yours for just 50ȼ from Fisher’s Grocery. You’ll also receive stamps face-valued at $2.50 for each 50ȼ spent.
    • Curnow & Curnow, cash grocers, have delightful melons on special at 75ȼ.

    Notes from the author …
    1. The Dodge Bros. auto mobile company would be sold in 1926 to an investment group for $146 million. Later, the Chrysler Company bought the business for $175 million. During WWII, Dodge manufactured vehicles for military use.
    2. The original Chautauqua first opened in 1897 as an adult education assembly.
    3. This item was wired to the Review by the editor of the Santa Cruz News.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 26, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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