• High Hats and Parasols, February 2nd, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Quake causes avalanche
    Several emergency volunteers from the Grove have boarded a train heading north for Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Valdez, Alaska1.
    Near Valdez, according to Valdez News Cables, a massive earthquake shook the earth and caused several avalanches to come rumbling down mountainsides. At the new mining town of Golden, the shock was so severe that it started many immense landslides on the surrounding mountains. The inhabitants were so alarmed by the quake and the roar accompanying the avalanches that they took to their boats and spent the entire night afloat. One slide, as if in retaliation, thundering down a mountainside toward the waterfront, destroyed part of Golden.
    One peculiar effect of the earthquake was the killing of massive amounts of fish near the entrance of the bay. The water was covered with dead fish of all kinds. It is believed that the trembling earth was accompanied by disturbances of the ocean bed which killed the fish with gaseous emissions.
    Nearby, several small mountains tops were broken away and thrown in to the valley. One glacier shed sufficient ice to dam up a creek, backing the water up to a great depth. When the water broke through, it swept the valley from rim to rim. An account of the injured and dead has not yet been received.

    Vacation sites readied
    Located between the Grove and Santa Cruz, lots in the mountains suitable for constructing vacation housing on are being prepared for sale. Called the Minnehaha region, the site is expected to become summer home to many cabin builders and tent campers.
    There seems to be no good reason for all who purchase lots within Minnehaha not spending time there. Vacationers will have nobody to bother them in any way. You
    can pitch your tent or occupy your bungalow independent of everyone else.
    The Pacific Grove Review has agreed to serve as agent for the sale of lots in Minnehaha. Give us a call at Black 121 or stop in at the Review office for details. Easy, 4% financing is available through the Pacific Grove Bank. After your purchase, you’ll thank the Review several times over for handling this amazing deal.

    Winter fete honors Grove’s High School Students
    The students attending Pacific Grove’s high school were tendered a Friday evening reception and dinner last week. Hosting were the people of the Grove’s Methodist
    church. There was a good turn-out and the affair resulted in much enjoyment by all attending.
    The program comprised an address by T. Connor of the Epworth League2, a song by Sherman Woolf, a musical selection performed by Miss Geneva Marcellus, and a dumb bell juggling exhibition performed by a variety of students. Then followed a relay race pitting senior and junior students against freshmen and sophomores. Next came a contest in which girls held a needle that boys were supposed to thread. The boys and girls each had a left hand free while being tied together by their right hands. Only the left hands could be used in the thread-the-needle competition.
    Ice cream and cake were served at the conclusion. In response to a nervous clergyman, the Review assures all that Chaperones were on hand for the entire event3

    Visitor speaks out on fog
    A recent visitor to Pacific Grove dispatched a “letter to the editor” of the Review after returning to his home in the east. In this letter, the gentleman spoke in glowing terms of our weather even though the Grove “did have fog every once in a while.” He admitted that certain people do not like fog, but also stated that: “People in the East have weather not even ten percent as pleasant as those people in the Grove. “Heavy rain comes along but infrequently, unlike in the east where rain arrives in a sheet, drives beneath the doors and wets our floors, and soaks the pastor’s feet.”

    Cards played at Grove party
    As though snubbing noses at the Grovians who feel that “card playing” is fathered by the Devil, the women of the Suffrage Club threw a party at the home of Mrs. William Water, Jr. in New Monterey. The event turned out to be well-attended even though the principal activity of the evening, as previously announced, was card playing. After several hours of grueling play, the prize for ladies was won by Mrs. Williard of Pacific Grove. Mr. Charles Bernard won the prize for gentlemen.
    Refreshments were served.
    The committee people for future card parties are Mrs. J. A Pell, Mrs. William Waters, Mrs. H. N. Yates, Mrs. W V. Grimes, Mrs. T. A. Work, and Mrs. J. E. Freeman.

    Notice to the public
    Mr. J. H. Lown, who transports garbage for Pacific Grove, has announced that he is about to leave for a six-weeks vacation. While away, Mr. Bert Phipps will have
    charge of Lown’s garbage business.
    Lown said that he was heading for Michigan where he was born and raised.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Mr. and Mrs. Wilcoxen have returned to the Grove after an extended stay in San Francisco.
    • At 3:30 Saturday afternoon, the Pacific Grove high school rugby team4 will line up against fifteen boys from Watsonville. The game is set for the field across from the Pacific Grove campground. As there is neither fencing nor gates, tickets will be sold as tags which can be affixed to clothing.
    • Master Forest Paul was honored on his eighteenth birthday with a surprise party given at the Pacific Grove home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Paul. Nearly forty of Paul’s high school friends turned out.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • “Phone Chester 1707” is the title of the story about a doting father and a nefarious son featured this week at the Colonial Theater. “Sweet Flower Girl” and “False Alarm”, both full of fun, are also playing on a delightfully varied bill. Prices are being held at 10¢ a seat for another month. The curtain rises at 7:30 each evening.

    Author’s Notes
    1. Valdez then enjoyed a population of just under 1,000, but by sharing tax revenues levied against goods arriving in the port to supply the gold rush, the 1,000 prospered. In 1964, a second massive earthquake rocked Valdez, destroying much of the community and causing it to be relocated to a safer location.
    2. The Epworth League is a Methodist young adult association for individuals ages 18-35. In 1913, just under 600,000 branches of the Epworth League existed worldwide. The purpose of the league is to promote members’ intellect and spirituality.
    3. Although effectiveness could be debated, chaperones were a constant, often bothersome requirement for Victorian young people.
    4. Officially started in 1830, rugby was a form of soccer in which players were allowed to pick up the ball and run with it. As no team size was specified, a team sometimes comprised dozens of players. The game’s contingence was determined by the team showing up with the smallest number of players. After gaining in popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the chaos of rugby faded from many fields.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 2, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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