• High Hats and Parasols, August 8th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Imperial Dyeing and Cleaning House opens
    Mr. G. R. Higby is undertaking a new business here in Pacific Grove. The proprietor has set 210 Grand Avenue as his principal place of business.
    Higby explains his endeavor as providing the opportunity for most items of clothing to enjoy a second go-around, at a very low expense. New, a quality gentleman’s
    suit, for instance, can cost as much as $10 or $15, with vest. Now, Higby can save you a bundle. As soon as that suit looks a bit faded, bring it to the Imperial. Higby will dye it the color of your choice. Shirts and accessories can also be dyed, as well as most cloth-covered shoes.

    Tag yourself drive
    The Fairchild Circle, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), is in need of funds to be used for local, charitable purposes1.
    Toward resolving this problem, the GAR Circle has designated August as “tag” month. During the specified month, the circle hopes to engage every Grove resident in a game of tag. Miss Carrie D. Clark is in charge of the drive.
    To participate, simply approach any member of the Circle and provide a donation. You will then be presented a tag that reads, “You’re it!” Tags may also be obtained at Coney’s Dry Goods store, Gilman’s Curio store, and Wyeth’s Groceries store.
    Do not be backward in coming forward and playing. This will help the good cause.

    Building committee returns
    The Rev Dr. George Peebles, Mr. Silas Mack, and Mr. A. E. Husker have returned from a “study” trip to San Jose.
    These gentlemen compose the building committee for Mayflower Congregational church. While in San Jose, they visited the First Presbyterian church, the First Baptist church, and the South Methodist church. Their purpose was in obtaining ideas for a new religious edifice now being planned for the Grove. All these churchmen are now up-to-date. They obtained many ideas that will be of value in making construction plans.

    Schubert Symphony Club to present program
    The celebrated Schubert Symphony Club has arranged to present its next program at the Methodist Church here in Pacific Grove. The performances will take place on August 8, 1910.
    As its featured violinist, the club has arranged for the famed Thomas Valentine Purcell to participate. Presenting with the maestro will be Miss Jennifer Laringetta on the flute. Compositions will be presented by the Pacific Grove Lady Quartette, several vocalists, and mandolin and guitar soloists. Comic and serious readings will be resented between each musical performance.
    The Schubert Symphony Club promises entertainment that is enjoyable alike to the musicians and the masses. Don’t miss this treat. Admission is 50¢ per seat.

    Should red-light districts be abolished?
    The daily Free-hour Forum promises to be especially interesting at this year’s Chautauqua Institute. Leading the menu of topics are “Red-light districts”. The question to be considered is whether these “bordello sectors” should be legally abolished. The bordellos nearest Pacific Grove are in New Monterey and near the canneries on Ocean
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    Red-light districts, also called sporting houses, entail all businesses involving intimacies between men and women, including brothels, sex clubs, adult theaters, and pornographic pictures. Proponents of abolishment say red-light districts violate moral covenants and make a farce of God’s law. Those opposed to abolishment claim that the districts provide a valuable, natural service, and that many married women prefer their husbands to seek relief at a bordello rather than at home. Many communities are increasing tax revenues by publishing “Blue Books” for visitors and tourists who are “Seeking a Good Time.”
    After pro and con presentations, the session will encourage comments from the audience. Other session topics include Employer’s Liability, State-wide Prohibition, and Equal Suffrage.

    Theosophist speaker expected
    The Rev James Tilman, Theosophist, will be presenting a talk next Monday at the Work Theater3.
    Admission is 25¢. Purchase in advance is encouraged.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Hotel Del Mar has added the service of free, first-class transportation by auto
      mobile anywhere in Pacific Grove or Monterey.
    • You may have some doubt as to whom it is best to vote for, but there is no doubt
      that the Grove Laundry is the right place for dirty shirts and collars. On the corner
      of 12th and Lighthouse.
    • Don’t throw torn clothing away. We will mend that tear for you. See us at the
      Pacific Grove Clothing Renovatory. Ladies wearing apparel a specialty. Main 23
    • The Bank of Pacific Grove wants your money! Deposits are now paid semiannually at the rate of 4%.
    • Rainfall for the year has measured 59 inches up to the end of July.

    The cost of living…

    • Looking for something sweet? Mr. J. F. Bigalow has summer honey brought in from the
      Big Sur area. 25¢ by the quart. Telephone Main 41.
    • M. Kinser & Company is still selling shoes at reduced prices in order to reduce stock.
      High-buckle, leather with cloth uppers shoes for the ladies begin at $2.50.
    • Rent a saddle horse, avoid travel by auto mobile. Mammoth Livery. See A. F. Bullene,
      Proprietor, for special discount. $2 for 24 hours. Feed bag included.
    • Three large cans of Duchess brand corn. 25¢.
    • Read what the fuss was all about. Culp Brothers is offering a limited supply of books by
      Victor Hugo. 15¢4

    Notes
    1. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) originated as a post civil war association of Union veterans. By the turn of the century, the GAR had opened membership requirements, turned its attention to philanthropy, and incorporated posts especially for women. In 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for all Departments and Posts to set aside the 30th of May as a day for remembering the sacrifices of fallen comrades, thereby beginning the celebration of Memorial Day.
    2. Cannery Row provided the setting for John Steinbeck’s novels Cannery Row (1945) and Sweet Thursday (1954). Steinbeck was familiar with the area’s “Sporting Houses”, the girls, the madams, and the clientele. How John would have weighed in on the abolishment question seems a foregone conclusion. The name Ocean View was changed to Cannery Row in 1958.
    3. Theosophy, introduced in New York City in 1831, is mysticism, religion, and philosophy combined. In 1875, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky led the formation of the American Theosophical Society. Theosophists believe that understanding religion, philosophy, science, art, commerce and philanthropy lead people ever closer to “Absolute Truth.” Planets and the cosmos are regarded as conscious entities which fulfill their own evolutionary paths. The spiritual units of consciousness in the universe are the Monads, which may manifest as angels or human beings. According to Tilman, a Monad is assigned as a guide for each human soul. All beings, regardless of stature or complexity, are informed by such a Monad.
    4. Books by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) include Les Misérables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hugo published his first novel, Han d’Islande, in 1823.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 8, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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