• High Hats and Parasols, December 11th, 2009

    Death of Mrs. A. T. Flemming
    The sisters, Mrs. Lattice Ladbroke and Miss Agnes Kiernan, decided to attend church together this past Sunday. A third sister, Mrs. Alice Flemming, having been feeling poorly and being under the care of a physician, was left at home to rest. The church-going sisters returned to their ill sister’s home just after midday. The two ladies found that the third sister had succumbed during their absence. She was lying in bed, staring straight up, as though she had never bothered to arise before
    passing through the Pearly Gates. After summoning the coroner, the ladies reported that Mrs. Flemming had been under the weather for a bit more than three months. However, Mrs. Ladbroke and Miss Kiernan speculated that their sister scarcely seemed adequately ill to have lost her life
    in a struggle with disease. The deceased had recently celebrated her 35th birthday. Both women expressed concern over the true cause of death. The two sisters urged the coroner for a full investigation. He was also encouraged to consult with the Monterey County District Attorney. Mrs. Flemming’s husband was not with his wife at the time of her death. Mr. Flemming has been staying in Salinas at Howe’s Hostelry while taking care of business

    Wright is right candidate for trustee
    Mr. B. F.Wright, owner ofWright’s Hardware Store, is one of the busiest gentlemen in this area. His various concerns include taking an interest in the welfare of residents. Now, Mr.Wright has decided that the best way to accomplish that task is by becoming a member of the city board. Therefore, Mr.Wright has entered his name into nomination. Thus far, Mr. Wright is opposed only by Mr. W. E. Parkes. Mr. Wright’s platform comprises installing more storm waterways, free mail
    delivery, improved streets, and gradual improvements. Mr. Wright has always been ready and eager to do anything in his power for the interest of the city, and—should he be elected—promisesto give careful considerations to all matters that may come before the council.

    Musical fantasy at Work Theater
    The T. A. Work Theater was crowded to the doors last evening for Nixon and Zimmerman’s presentation of The Gingerbread Man. This reviewer deemed the play as “good” from start to end. The audience evidently agreed, showing its appreciation with rounds of applause on numerous occasions. Fred Nice excelled as the Gingerbread Man. James McAhern was superior as the Good Fairy. Garrick Major stepped out smartly as Major Munchurious Fudge. Altogether, this show must be considered one of the best that has visited the Peninsula in several seasons. Seats are still available for next weekend’s performance. Tickets are on hand at the office of the Pacific Grove Review or at theWork Theatre. Get yours before it’s too late!

    Let’s clean up the stink
    Now that the seasonal visitors have come and gone, it seems time that a “clean up the refuse” campaign is started. During the past week, attention has been called several times to the sickening stench that permeates the air along the beachfront from Lovers Point to the Del Monte Hotel. The cause of this malodorous perfume is plainly evident and can be easily remedied.
    The offal from the packing houses is being dumped from the ends of canning company wharves and, like the proverbial bread, hasreturned and lodged on the beach. The warm sun rots this refuse and it sends up a stench that would make any skunk exclaim: “Whooie! You win!”
    This nuisance should be abated. Health officersshould attend to the matter at once, and see to it that all packing house refuse is taken out to sea a short distance where it can be conveniently dumped.

    For want of a nail
    Things were quite lively at the Pacific Grove Bakers for a few moments yesterday afternoon. A skittish horse, a street car, and the dainties of a good pastry cook were all in evidence for a little while. No harm done, other than a broken dashboard and a scared baker boy. Such impediments occurred after the horse shied, jerking the car forward, and frightening the boy who was in the process of carrying the pastries across Lighthouse Avenue. The dashboard of an auto mobile, pulling to one side out ofthe way, was broken.

    About town…

    • Former county engineer Walter Little was in town from San Jose for several
      days during the past week. Mr. Little was here to visit friends as well as to
      attend a meeting.
    • The Reverend Mr. Ralph McGowan has arrived by train for a visit with his
      brother Dr. Roy McGowan.
    • Charles Mathias, a cigar maker and dealer of San Francisco, called on numerous
      businesses to acquaint them with the Mathias Tobacco Company products.
    • Mr. E. H. Harrington of Jackson has rented the Pierce cottage at 150 19th Street
      for the winter.

    Cost of Living…

    • From your White House store. Corset clasps. Denim covered steel. Your
      choice of white or beige. 23¢ per pair. $2.50 per dozen.
    • Double breasted square cut sack suits for men. Cheviot style. Pre-cut. Can be
      altered. $12. Purchase from James Smyth, Tailor.
    • Advance-purchase tickets, general admission, for Work’s Theater presentation
      of the Gingerbread Man, 10¢, 25¢, 35¢.
    • Fresh-baked bread from the Pacific Grove Bakery. 15¢ a loaf. $1 for a dozen

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 11, 2009

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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