• High Hats and Parasols, January 20th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Banquet of the brotherhood
    The Men’s Brotherhood of Mayflower Congregational Church met in the Sunday school room of the church on Tuesday evening. Enjoyed by all was a tempting dinner prepared by the ladies of the Mayflower Woman’s Association.
    After the dinner concluded, the president of the Brotherhood, W. H. Huyk, took to the podium and announced that the proposed amendments to the state constitution
    would be discussed. Attorney Silas W. Mack then presented the amendments one by one for the consideration of those present.
    Four of the amendments did not meet with the approval of those present. Those amendments meeting with disapproval are the employers’ liability amendment, the
    varied county governments amendment, the appointment of Justices of the Peace amendment, and the exemption of $1,000 property tax for those receiving pensions from military service amendment.
    As the meeting concluded, members signed the remaining amendments to indicate approval.

    New Sunset trains fast and beautiful
    Modern travel, already luxurious, is to be made even more so by the new Southern Pacific Sunset route. Plans for a new train to run twice weekly between New Orleans / Los Angeles / and San Francisco call for a cut of thirty hours in the running time between destination points. The new schedule, with its attendant comforts, has been brought about by heavy winter travel.
    The trains will be all steel. The cars will be of the latest design and will contain every comfort and convenience. Each train will consist of only six cars, thus the highspeed schedule can be easily maintained. The sleeping and drawing room cars will be finished in mahogany and furnished in deluxe fashion, with special attention given to the particular needs of women. There will be a barber, a hair dresser, showers, a clothing presser, and a stenographer aboard each train. The berths are to be electric lighted and electric fans will cool the air. The dust and dirt of transcontinental travel will be eliminated as much as possible by the installation of vacuum cleaners. At all major terminals, the train’s passengers will have access to telephone communications which can be used without leaving the car.
    A Southern Pacific spokesman has assured the Review that trains traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco will make a Peninsular stop, probably at Watsonville or Salinas.

    School tax levy may be illegal
    District Attorney F. W. Sargent was in consultation with the County Board of Supervisors this week on taxation matters, particularly those relating to the additional levy for high schools to be made by the auditor. The law requiring the auditor to honor the requisition of the county Board of Education is thought to be unconstitutional in that it confers the board with the ad hoc power to levy taxes. It was stated that there is no way for the county to contest this leverage, but that an individual tax payer might do so, if he sees fit.

    School resolutions of county supervisors
    The following resolutions were adopted this week by our county supervisors. First, the board has heretofore considered the question of levying a tax for the building
    of a high school, and has deemed it advisable to increase the present tax rate in order to do so. This action, however, may be unconstitutional. Therefore, second, if the first proposition fails, the board explore the possibility of renting space to temporarily house the high school. Third, if property is rented the board go to the taxpayers for approval of a temporary tax of 15¢ on the dollar to pay off the proceeds of a bond1.

    Grove trustees receive reports
    The city trustees met at the city hall on Monday evening, last.
    City Clerk Johnston announced that he had received complimentary tickets for the Apple Annual at Watsonville, this in appreciation of the trustee’s efforts to help
    promote the fete. A pair of tickets were presented to each trustee. The clerk then read a communication from T. E. Clark, the Grove’s “storm water” drain contractor representative, explaining that work on the drain had been delayed while waiting for the piping. Trustee Pryor suggested that the contractor put in a temporary bridge over the drain ditch on Central avenue so that autos and other conveyances be able to pass that way2 It was then reported that S. E. Bunker’s and Leslie M. Burwell’s terms as trustees of the Pacific Grove Carnegie Library expired this week. The two terms were reinstated.
    City Treasurer Fitzsimmons’ reported that there were $1,276 in the general fund, $386 in the library fund, $156 in the land fund, $5,357 in the improvement fund, and $20 in the emergency fund.

    Henry Peckham passes
    A well-known resident of the Grove for many years, Henry F. Peckham, died Wednesday at the early-morning hour of 12:45. Peckham was staying at the family
    residence at 23 Grant avenue. He had celebrated his 58th birthday just last month. Peckham attended public schools in Pacific Grove and later took up the occupation
    of painter, a trade he followed until just a few days before his death. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and not an enemy did he possess. His demise will
    cause general regret throughout the community population. Peckham is survived by a wife, three daughters, and one son, plus one adopted son and one adopted daughter.
    May he rest in peace.

    Snippets from around the area…
    • Choice meats are available at Monterey prices. Delivered daily anywhere in the Grove. Use your phone and ask for the Wood Bros at Main 571.
    • Steady boarders are wanted at the Wilson House, 128 19th street. Reasonable rates. Comfortable beds. Delicious board.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Our garden tools make your vegetables grow. Solid shank onion hoe, $2.70. Wright’s Hardware.
    • Industrious young lady desires position doing housework. 25¢ an hour or $2.35 by the ten-hour day. I reside at 111 Grand avenue. Excellent references.

    Author’s Notes
    1. Because of storm damage, the first high school to be constructed after bond passage was in King City.
    2. Pacific Grove’s storm drain contractor, C. D. Vincent, soon vacated the job. The work passed to Reinforced Concrete Pipe Company of San Jose.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 20, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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