• High Hats and Parasols, June 23rd, 2013

    Trouble between auto mobile tycoons
    Word by wire from back east is that trouble is brewing between Henry Ford and the two brothers, John and Horace Dodge. The Dodge boys have been manufacturing under contract the transmissions and entire drive-trains for Mr. Ford’s vehicles. The Dodge brothers claimed Ford is getting all the credit for being a skilled manufacturer while they get none. In return, Mr. Ford is complaining about deficient quality caused by the Dodge brothers paying their 100,000 workers by the piece rather than by the hour. This practice, according to Ford, causes an emphasis on work speed rather than workmanship. The Dodge boys, rather raucously, denied this and asked: if this were so, why Mr. Ford, just last week, had contracted with the Dodge corporation for 700,000 additional transmission/drive-train units? The brothers threatened to withdraw from the Ford contract and go into auto mobile making on their own.  If they do so, this editor would like to know one thing: which would be better to buy: Ford or Dodge? 1

    Extra show set
    Mr. John Corte has brought to town a magnificent show fresh from Broadway and he plans a special, Wednesday night (only) showing for the good people of this domain. You will split your sides laughing at the antics of Chapine performing the lead in the “Rose of Panama”. Make plans now and be early. You will not often get such a chance.  Monterey theater.

    Order to show cause ordered
    In the matter of H. L. Holman, recently deceased, Clarence Holman and Wilford Holman, petitioned the court to make payment on all legal debts and to collect reasonable fees for administration of the entire “Holman” estate. It is futher requested that at 10 o’clock on the morning of Monday, next, all opposed to such actions present themselves in court. Judge B. Sargent is presiding.

    Not to be missed
    Miss Helen Patia Balch will offer a recital in the Civic Club hall Friday evening, next. Miss Balch will be assisted in her performance by Miss Hilda Hetherington. Do not fail to hear Miss Balch as a fine program has been prepared.

    P. G. might secure that park!
    Dear Editor: To secure a community park for posterity is a simple matter. The city fathers should cease quarreling about a park vs. a windbreak and set out to contract with the Pacific Improvement Company for a specific tract of land at a specific price. Such action would insure a park’s pleasure 25, even 50 years from now. Our children will thank us for it.

    Getetter road builder
    To Mr. Brown (Editor of the Pacific Grove Review). Sir, you recently stated that Mr. Allen will take charge of building a fine road between here and Castroville. Will you kindly tell your readers “how” and “when” this will be done and “from whence” will the money come? According to the state roads commission (wrongly) this will amount to $160,000. You also stated that but for the bitter opposition of the Jacks Corporation, this road would have been Macadamized some time ago. Not so. It is widely known that the cost of Macadamizing a road between here and Castroville is much, much more than $160,000, perhaps ten times more. Let’s get serious! The only way to get that “fine” road done, quickly and effectively, is by kicking out Allen and getting in someone more skilled, such as yours truly.

    Makes old work new, like magic
    Mr. A. A. Phillips has announced himself as the new, sole representative of a unique product that is ideal for putting renewed life into and protecting all sorts of grubby woodwork. Although Phillips said the formula must remain a secret, the entrepreneur promised making old, shabby woodwork new-looking and beautiful … the easy way. Called Alabastine, this product may be applied to old wood (or new) with a brush, like brush-painting, or sopped on (comes off skin easily) with a soaked rag. Phillip’s invites you to come by for a demonstration of easy application, and he promises to give all purchasers double green stamps. 2

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Strong & Camp Real Estate has cottages for rent. Enjoy your summer!
    • Mr. & Mrs. E. H. Motony have traveled to San Francisco on business.
    • Charles Norton is more than just a notary public. Charles Norton also writes life, fire, and accident insurance.
    • The neatest clothes are cleaned by Pacific Grove laundry.
    • General Booth, head of the Salvation Army, says that if you drive someone wicked from your city and into another city, you have not cursed the other city, but your own.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Wyeth and Curnow, grocers, offering the best goods, the fastest delivery, and rock-bottom prices. We are selling fresh strawberries at 75¢ a flat. Yummy with a touch of cream.
    • Use of a typewriter free while you study with Brown’s Home Studies School.

    Author’s Notes

    1. Three years later (1915), the Dodge brothers and Mr. Ford split and the Dodge automobile resulted.
    2. Are you adequately mature to remember having to sit around and help your mother lick Green Stamps into a little book?

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 28, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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