• High Hats and Parasols, June 11th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Man receives letter from wife, 47 years late!
    Levi Persons, who is now 87 years old, received a letter from his wife, who passed away 15 years ago. The letter, which was dated November 2, 1862, was written by
    Mrs. Persons to her young husband while he was away from home serving with the Union army during the Civil War. When he received this errant letter, Levi Persons was confined to a military hospital suffering the agonies of old age. The letter had been mistakenly delivered to his brother, Lester. The brother did not open the missive, but tucked it away to give to his sibling at their next meeting, which would be when Levi returned home on furlough … and then forgot about it. Lester died recently and the letter was found stashed among his belongings which were being cleared away by relatives. Levi said the letter brimmed with small talk, some of it “a bit romantic”. His wife also offered reports on the progress of their four children—Albert, Eva, Mary, and Alice—advised Levi that his children were all well, urged him to hurry and get the war finished, chatted about needed repairs to their home. She said that neighbors had taken turns staying with her and the children so that that the family would never have to be alone.
    Levi said the letter was like hearing “a voice from the past.”

    Offering French lessons
    Miss Carrie Clark, a recent graduate of Stanford University, has returned to the Grove. She is living with her widowed mother.
    Miss Clark said that recently she and her mother were considering how to supplement the women’s income. That was when inspiration struck. “I’ll open a salon for teaching French. After all, French is today almost a required language.”
    Miss Clark converted a room in the home to the purpose of teaching and began gathering students. Enrollment is still open. You can join by stepping to the door at 149 Ninth street and saying: “Je veux parler français.”

    Go it on your own with eggs!
    The Grove’s chicken specialist, W. E. Gerdes, recommends that expenses be reduced by raising your own backyard-chickens for meat and eggs.
    Gerdes notes that acceptable caging can be put up with fencing purchased from Work, Johnson and Johnson, or another supply house. You can then add hens in the
    desired number. Be sure to speak carefully with your neighbors if you plan on including roosters.
    I have white Wyandotte eggs, now available for hatching. All eggs are guaranteed.
    I do not sell for consumption.

    Invest in Grove Real Estate Now!
    Looking for a way to become wealthy? Mrs. Sarah Clark, a specialist in real estate, suggests purchasing Grove homes and then renting them out. Mrs. Clark says that there are many very nice homes on the market and, with the recession going on, houses are certainly priced right. She also notes that many of these properties, less than twenty or thirty years old, are in fine shape and guaranteed not to drain you as fixer-uppers. Very little purchase cash is required. Banks are offering 3% money with almost no qualifying after a 5% down. Very little property sells on the basis of cash these days.
    Once the purchase is complete, you may offer your new property on the rental market. That means, in the Grove, asking between $15 and $50 monthly. While Grove
    rentals once limited themselves to the summer market, such is no longer the case. More and more people now reside in our village-by-the sea-on a year-round basis1

    Notes from around the area…

      • I have lost my spectacles, which are contained in a carrying case. Reward paid
        upon return to the Review office. Yes, I can describe.

    Wow! Rainfall before June 10, 1910, measures 49 inches.

    • Notice from the Grove’s Poundmaster. All dogs collected without tags must
      be picked up and a tag and fine paid for within 24 hours or the animal will be
      killed. Tags are $2 (female) and $1 (male). The fine is $1. If your animal has
      gone missing, check the PG Pound at the corner of Grand and Laurel avenues.
      Pay for a tag in advance and save the cost of a fine. E. B. Rich.
    • Needed to work in Hollister. Two girls to train for housekeeping duties at the
      Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.
    • M. E. Palmer, A. C. Dagus, and G. E. Wallace are ready to do your painting,
      wallpapering, and fixing up. No job is too small or too large. Leave a message
      at 212 Forest Avenue or telephone Central 1262

    For sale or rent…

    • The Lace House has just received a new stock of white, kid gloves for Easter.
      Knitted four-in-hand. $1.50.
    • The best in paper-covered books. Authors include Stevenson, Kipling, Hugo,
      Dumas, Haggard, Collins, and many others. 15¢ each at Culp Brothers.
    • Open an account at the Bank of Pacific Grove and receive free for one year a
      safe deposit Box. This is a $2.50 value.
    • M. Kinser & Co still has shoes for sale at lowered prices. “We must reduce our
      stock.” Come in and see our bargains. High-top button shoes for ladies starting
      at $2.15. We feature the Walkover brand.
    • Eleven room house in the Grove. Nice, large rooms.
      High ceilings, finished hardwood floors. Hot and cold water and electric lights.
      Includes barn, warehouse, chicken shed, and all kinds of fruit-bearing trees.
      Owner will let it go for $3,500. Easy terms. Sarah’s Real Estate4.

    Notes
    1 As noted last week, in 1910 telephone exchanges handled no more than fifty lines each. The name indicated the exchange (Central, Red, Main) and the number indicated the position in which that phone was installed. Central 126 would have been the 26th phone in the third group of fifty to have been connected. Does anyone know where the exchange was then located? In Salinas, the exchange was in a back room near the corner of Main and Gabilan.
    2 Pacific Grove readers had something in common with the Queen of England. Victor Hugo serve as Alexandrina Victoria’s favorite author.
    3 This home must have been flawed. It has been on and off the market every other month or so since 1895.
    4 In 1929, citizens would pay for this frenzy of low-downs and cheap-payments. Too-easy credit and margins contributed significantly to the Great Depression. This phenomenon happened again 100 years later.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 11, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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