• High Hats and Parasols, December 31st, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Death of Daniel Cox
    One of the true pioneers of Pacific Grove has died.
    Daniel Cox, 80 years old, passed away while being tended in the home of his nephew, Charles Hill, who resides on Abrego street. The celebrated Mr. Cox had been failing for several weeks and his death was not unexpected.
    Born in Manea, Cambridgeshire, England, on November 3, 1832, Cox moved to the United States in 1856. Cox joined the Ninth Wisconsin Battery of the Light Artillery at the start of the Civil War. He received an honorable discharge at the close of hostilities, and then married. With his bride, Cox wandered across the nation and eventually wound up in Pacific Grove where he often worked for the Southern Pacific. He was a lifelong Methodist, having joined the Wesleyan Methodist-Presbyterian Church in England before coming to America. His wife preceded him in death by two years. She is buried in the Grove and Cox will be laid to rest beside her1.
    Funeral services will be held at the undertaking parlor of J. K. Paul on Wednesday morning next at ten o’clock. Rev. Dr. J. N. Williams will be the officiating clergyman.

    Money needed
    The community of Pacific Grove needs more money to continue the activities of its Feast of Lanterns. Are you a good hand at soliciting? Give the Feast of Lanterns a call at Red 125. You will be paid a handsome commission2.

    Chapman promises “clean” shows
    F. J. Chapman has been named manager of Work’s living pictures offerings. Concerned that some flickers have been considered a bit “spicy”, Chapman promises billings that are good, clean shows, high class in every manner. All pictures will be first run. Chapman adds that vaudeville offerings also will be exceptionally polite.

    General Jeremiah Simpson to speak
    The Pacific Grove and Monterey units of the Daughters of the Confederacy have announced a very special assembly. On hand, as speaker, will be General Jeremiah Simpson who served nobly during the Civil War. Brent was a young man of seventeen when hostilities broke out. He formed a band of roving guerillas who ravaged northern communities in border states. Admission donations from non-members are 50¢ and sojourning members, who are made welcome, are 25¢. Members of the Grove and Monterey units attend free.

    Drink habit cured in three days!
    You don’t believe it. Of course not. We did not expect you to. That is why the Neal Institute of San Francisco offers a legal contract, agreeing to a three-day cure to
    the entire satisfaction of the patient, his friends, his relatives, and his family physician. This attestment by Pastor M. Flavin of the St. Ambros church of Des Moines, Iowa, ought to be adequate confirmation of all such claims.

    “After representatives of the Neal Institute investigated me and my problem thoroughly, they accepted me into their program for treatment. I was cared for perfectly
    and can now say with great forcefulness that I no longer have the least inclination to drink. All desire, craving, and appetite for John Barleycorn has been taken away. The Neil Institute does good work and is a grand benefit to humanity.”

    PaGrovians inclined to imbibe are encouraged to ask an operator to connect them with Franklin 1098. The Institute is located at 1400 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Free literature will be promptly provided3.

    Stay in touch!
    A PaGrovian grandmother may not be as spry as she used to be, but she is closer in touch with her world for all that.
    The telephone enables her to make as many calls as she pleases, and in all sorts of weather. Formal gatherings have their place, but it is the many little intimate visits
    over the telephone that keeps people young and interested. Grandmother’s telephone visits do not stop with her own town. The long distance service of the Bell Telephone takes her to other towns and allows relatives and friends to chat with her although hundreds of miles away. To hear what you need to hear, contact the center of the system: American Bell Telephone4.

    Notes from around the area…

    • The Pacific Grove Review, with its new AmanaStar press, is offering job printing at very reasonable rates.
    • The brightness of your new year is guaranteed by having a savings account. At the Commercial and Savings Bank of Pacific Grove, just such an account can be opened
      upon deposit of a mere $1.
    • Wright’s Hardware has added ball bearing movements to the offerings of its hardware department.
    • The Pacific Grove Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters, No. 9014, will meet this week on Friday rather than Thursday. Announced by E. A. Elsen, sec. V
      Be a lady! Join the Women’s Temperance Union! We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the ladies parlor of the Methodist-Episcopal church
      beginning at 2:30.
    • The Monterey County Gas and Electric Company does not sell just gas-electric energy and appliances, MCG&E sells SERVICE!

    The cost of living…
    • Oliver Grocery offers Pansy brand seedless raisins at 10¢ per pound. Dried from the finest grapes.
    • Mr. C. R. Estabrook, Southern Pacific agent, announces a special tour rate to Denver. A $60 round trip provides comfortable transportation with multiple stop-overs.
    • Two showings of flickers and vaudeville nightly at the Work theater. 15¢ per seat.
    • J. M. Gardener is offering Seventeen Mile Drive tours by auto mobile for $1 per passenger, including lunch. Assemble at 9 am Saturdays at Bullene’s news stand on Fountain avenue.
    • The use of the parlor at J. A. Pell funeral home is free when Pell tends your dead.
    • C. S. Harris will lend you money to pay your taxes at 4%.

    Author’s Notes
    1. Cox probably learned railroading while a young man living in Manea, Cambridgeshire (a shire is like a county). Manea is a railroad town famous for the
    Manea railway station. The village is also well known for a brass band, the Manea Silver Band, which practices in the Manea Methodist Chapel. Mr. Cox’s
    musical capabilities were not mentioned in news stories about his death.
    2. The funding drive evidently succeeded as the Feast of Lanterns is still very much
    a going concern. Perhaps funding drives and the payment of commissions
    should be considered for such entities as the public library.
    3. Details of this three-day “cure” were not revealed. If as successful as promised,
    there should be much need of the program even 100 years later.
    4. In 1910, American Bell Telephone was a subsidiary of Bell Telephone. The
    company was attempting to congeal independent telephone cliques into a
    single, nationwide unit.
    5. Newspapers of the era collectively gathered information about such assemblies
    under the generic heading “secret organizations.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 31, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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