• High Hats and Parasols, August 20th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Need heat? Try Cole.
    Thomas Cope has earned the exclusive right to sell in Pacific Grove Cole’s Original Air-Tight Wood Stoves. These stoves are considered to be the finest quality made and are sold bearing remarkable guarantees1.
    Cole Manufacturing Company warrants that each stove will hold fire overnight, with dry wood. Cole also claims that combustion is so complete that ashes need not be removed oftener than four times each winter. And, of course, Cole guarantees each stove to be free from imperfect material and workmanship. In short, Cole’s stoves will stand up under severe usage and give its users permanent satisfaction.
    A manufacturer’s representative explained that Cole’s air-tight construction gives perfect control over your fire. A large, sensitive radiating surface, which responds quickly to the fire, radiates all the heat for a slow economical combustion of the fuel. You can light your fire at night and be certain that you will have heat when you awaken the next morning.
    It is a good thing to know that no matter how much greater is the price of other wood stoves, the makers cannot or will not write you a guarantee like Cole. Prices
    start at $30. Contact Mr. Thomas Cope or call at the Pacific Grove Review office for more information.
    With a Cole, you’ll never be cold again.

    Summary of required readings
    Participants in Chautauqua discussion sessions should prepare themselves by reading these books. The emphasis, this session, is on learning about England2.
    Demorcratic England by Percy Alden. A discussion, by a former member of the House of Commons, of the chief developments and principles in social legislation in England.
    Among English Hedgerows by Clifton Johnson. This book offers a charming portrayal of English rural life by an author who is also an illustrator.
    Thru England with Tennyson by Dr. Oliver Huckel. Huckel takes his readers on a literary pilgrimage to the Tennyson country.

    Carriage and pair stolen
    About three o’clock this morning, someone stole Mr. Burbank Perry’s carriage and horses from where they were hitched while Perry visited friends in Monterey. The hitching post was located in front of a hostelry near the old statehouse. When the team and conveyance were found this morning, they were comfortably tied to a Pine avenue hitching post. The thief or thieves had kindheartedly fed, curried, and blanketed the horses. Nonetheless, the stealing of a carriage is a misdemeanor and the theft of a horse is a penitentiary offense. When this culprit is found, he will most likely regret the error of his ways.
    Mr. Perry had erred by sending an officer down the Salinas road, thinking the thief had taken the stolen goods out toward the county seat. That officer was still searching when word that the horses and carriage had been found in Pacific Grove came in3.

    Weather forecasting is topic
    The Rev. J. S. Ricard has confirmed that he plans to spend an entire day participating in the Chautauqua. Father Ricard, who is on the staff at the University of Santa Clara, developed the theory of the effect of sun spots on weather. Father Ricard’s weather forecasting is much more than mere guessing, and it will be a pleasure hearing what Ricard has to say.

    Library blossoms
    When Andrew Carnegie ordered that $10,000 be given to the Pacific Grove library building fund, the mogul didn’t realize what an impact his gift would have on this
    community.
    The structure, which opened in 1907, consisted of a foyer, stock room, periodical room, and a reference room. The Honorable Horace Platt donated the land on which the building is located. The balance of the library building fund was financed by gifts and from city taxes. It is operated on a separate tax rate and on a budget approved by the City Council. Innumerable community donations, particularly in the way of books, have been instrumental in helping the library build in size and usefulness.
    Seeing readers sitting in comfortable chairs and at wooden tables, reading, gives evidence as to how much Pacific Grove needs and enjoys its library4.

    Notes from around the area…

    • We do offer gas appliances, but what we really sell is service. Monterey County
      Gas & Electric Company.
    • Miss Rebecca Austin of Sacramento was a late check-in at the Home Inn. Miss
      Austin is in town to visit friends and attend a few Chautauqua events.
    • Looking to make your home’s roof rot-proof, durable, and fire-resistant? Try
      rubber … ruberoid roofing, that is. Ruberoid is easy to install and will last you a
      lifetime. Be careful, however. There are many unworthy imitators. Contact the
      Review for samples and prices.
    • The new Del Monte Laundry Agency is now prepared to give exceptional care to
      your clothing. Contact George Cordy, who is staying at the Pacific Grove Hotel,
      and our wagon will call for and deliver your bundles.
    • Mr. George Shelton has opened a shoe polishing parlor on Forest avenue near
      Lighthouse. Wear your shoes in to get the attention they deserve.

    The cost of living…

    • F. J. Chapman, the manager of the T. A. Work Theater, has booked several highclass, first-run flickers for your viewing pleasure. Two showings nightly, at 8 and
      9:15. Tickets for the first ten rows of seating, 20¢. House admission, 10¢.
      E. A. Wood Fruit and Groceries is offering delicious, juicy strawberries ready to
      clean and eat! 75¢ by the flat. Order from home by asking the operator to connect
      you with 487W. 607 Lighthouse Avenue. We will pick up and deliver for 10¢
      extra.
    • Everything is new, neat, and clean at Damewood’s Café! This is a great place to
      get something good to eat. Folgers Coffee, freshly brewed, and a slice of fried
      cake for 15¢. In the Scobie building at 609 Lighthouse5
      Freshly caught redfish is now 10¢ a pound at Central Market. We’re located at
      584 Lighthouse.
    • Get your personalized cake from the Grove bakery. Chocolate center with vanilla
      cream frosting. 50¢ each. Inscription included.
    • Three room house with small barn. No indoor bath. Located on Fifteenth. Available
      by the month for $9.

    Notes
    1. This new style of wood-burning stove, called airtight, contained the fire within a
    metal box, allowing much more of the wood to be burned completely and more
    slowly, reducing smoke, and improving heat efficiency. While Cole stoves were
    becoming popular, they could not stand up to the venerable Franklins. Cole did,
    however, design a system of “piping” to carry heat throughout the home, the
    predecessor of “forced air” heating.
    2. Think that the reading requirements of the Chautauqua sound a bit strenuous?
    Perhaps, but consider that participants were also taught to read and speak Greek
    and Latin. Such rewarding enterprises have today been replaced by television.
    3. The culprit was most likely a couple of boys who took the rig for a joy ride,
    then were overcome by conscience. However, research has not yet revealed the
    culprit(s) identity.
    4. As noted by a character in the columnist’s story The Game, a library is rarely
    appreciated before it is no longer available.
    4. Fried cakes were the predecessors of doughnuts, first mentioned in a recipe book
    in 1803.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 20, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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