• High Hats and Parasols, June 28th, 2012

    More soldiers coming to presidio
    The force stationed at the Presidio of Monterey is soon to be increased by another full regiment.  This news came Wednesday last from a reliable source, Mr. F. A. Greene who was given the information personally by General Leonard Wood, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
    According to Wood as reported by Green, increasing the Presidio garrison is part of a “deal” that also involves construction of a breakwater in Monterey Bay and the building of a railroad to Monterey from the San Joaquin valley.  Hence the people of the Peninsula have thrice the reason to celebrate.
    There is not the least doubt that the breakwater appropriation will be funded by the Congress and word is that construction has already gotten under way on the railroad.  Miss Ella Thomas of the Chamber of Commerce said that she can verify the information provided by Greene.  Miss Thomas told your editor that General Leonard Wood is the Monterey Peninsula’s friend.  When the General retires, as he plans to do fairly soon, he hopes to find a home in the area of Monterey or Pacific Grove.  The General said that the only hold-up on expanding the Presidio was the need to build new barracks in which to house the troops.  He also said that some $40,000 in army money is now available for this purpose.  That, of course, means new jobs will soon be available for area construction workers. 1

    Much fire and brimstone
    That many residents of the Grove are upset was made clear at this week’s meeting of the community’s Trustees.  After listening carefully to a “transportation” proposal to endorse extending the Riverside road to Watsonville to be made into a state highway, the board introduced the subject of water, electric, and gas rates.  The hall erupted with vehement anger.  It was pointed out that various individuals and businesses pay far different fees for service with the Grove Laundry coming in as lowest and the Pacific Grove Bakery coming in as highest.  It was pointed out that Grovians’ “political connections” seem to play a big role in determining rates.
    Mr. W. C. Gretter was named a committee of one to look into the matter.

    Dry spell broken
    Even though it is not the rainy season, the long dry spell was broken on Sunday, last, and the weather bureau predicted plenty of rain during the next few days.  Paso Robles reported getting two inches prior to daybreak Monday, and Salinas said that it had received a little over one inch.  The picture all over the county is looking up.

    City going broke, needs to conserve cash
    The Pacific Grove board of trustees is seeking ways to cut back on its expenditures.  Among the several ideas promulgated at Monday’s meeting was one calling for abandoning our City Constable’s office and placing responsibility for municipal protection in the County Sheriff’s hands.  The idea was not brought forward for a vote, but if it had been the motion would most likely have failed.

    Paul wins suit
    Mr. J. K. Paul was in Salinas Tuesday to testify in a suit he had filed against Augusta King, a resident of the Grove.  Paul claimed that he had spent the sum of one hundred dollars to help provide a funeral for Augusta King’s mother, who passed away two years ago.  Paul indicated that he and Miss King had agreed to consider the amount a loan, but when Paul several times requested repayment Miss King ignored him.
    After examining the evidence, the judge quickly decided in Paul’s favor and ordered that full payment by made by Miss King. 3

    Grove needs outdoor sports, or none!
    Progress on the proposed, clay-based tennis courts in Caledonia Park 3 has been checked temporarily by yet another restraining order.  The attorney for a group living in close proximity of the park requested that the Superior Court issue the order.  The court complied.  This was certainly understandable.  It is easy for a few to raise the devil.  The City Attorney’s countering argument, which went ignored by the court, indicated that the tennis courts in Caledonia Park were for the benefit of the entire community and not just a few community grumps.
    The City Trustees of Pacific Grove and the city attorney must appear in court Monday next in order to have their plans for the park, including the tennis courts, decided as appropriate or inappropriate.

    Women can vote
    The Pacific Grove Review wishes to remind all those of the female persuasion that they can vote in the forthcoming, municipal election.  It is only in federal voting booths that women still cannot have a say.  Even though the last day for registering is Friday of next week, the Review has noted that few women have yet bothered to register.  Remember!  If you plan to vote, you must be registered!  Take care of that matter today! 4

    Snippets from the area

    • The Pacific Grove Trustees have fixed the salary of City Treasurer at $25 per month, but also required that the City Treasurer be properly bonded.
    • H. G. Jorgensen, Attorney-at-law, will assist you with any legal matter.  Call for a free, introductory meeting.  Ask the operator to connect you with Main 107.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • The Pacific Grove Garage has in stock a fair number of the new Michelin Anti-skid tires.  The Michelin’s leather tread is tough, flexible, and non-puncturing.  The hardened steel studs, like an octopus’ arm-suckers, clamp to the earth and prevent skidding … no matter the weather.  Your auto mobile needs them!  On special at $4.25 each.  Four for $16.
    • Stay in Monterey, ride the street train to the Grove.  The hostelry is conveniently located in the Ortina block.  It’s $2.50 a night with delicious breakfast, supper, and a friendly evening snifter of warmed cinnamon-brandy.
    • Thousands of frilly blouses are available at the Lace House.  Prices range from 95¢ to $3.95.  Mail orders filled.  Exchanges or returns acceptable.  Hurry!  The sale is now going on!

    Author’s Notes

    1. Lt. General Leonard Wood entered the army as a medical doctor and decided to make the military his career.  The General retired from service in 1921, and passed away after surgery for a brain tumor in 1927.
    2. Mr. Paul, a person of many interests, was also an active candidate for a seat on the Pacific Grove Council.
    3. Who named the park “Caledonia” is unclear, but the name comes from a European city.
    4. Women would be denied the vote in federal matters until the 1920s.

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

    More soldiers coming to presidio

    The force stationed at the Presidio of Monterey is soon to be increased by another full regiment.  This news came Wednesday last from a reliable source, Mr. F. A. Greene who was given the information personally by General Leonard Wood, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

    According to Wood as reported by Green, increasing the Presidio garrison is part of a “deal” that also involves construction of a breakwater in Monterey Bay and the building of a railroad to Monterey from the San Joaquin valley.  Hence the people of the Peninsula have thrice the reason to celebrate.

    There is not the least doubt that the breakwater appropriation will be funded by the Congress and word is that construction has already gotten under way on the railroad.  Miss Ella Thomas of the Chamber of Commerce said that she can verify the information provided by Greene.  Miss Thomas told your editor that General Leonard Wood is the Monterey Peninsula’s friend.  When the General retires, as he plans to do fairly soon, he hopes to find a home in the area of Monterey or Pacific Grove.  The General said that the only hold-up on expanding the Presidio was the need to build new barracks in which to house the troops.  He also said that some $40,000 in army money is now available for this purpose.  That, of course, means new jobs will soon be available for area construction workers. 1

    Much fire and brimstone

    That many residents of the Grove are upset was made clear at this week’s meeting of the community’s Trustees.  After listening carefully to a “transportation” proposal to endorse extending the Riverside road to Watsonville to be made into a state highway, the board introduced the subject of water, electric, and gas rates.  The hall erupted with vehement anger.  It was pointed out that various individuals and businesses pay far different fees for service with the Grove Laundry coming in as lowest and the Pacific Grove Bakery coming in as highest.  It was pointed out that Grovians’ “political connections” seem to play a big role in determining rates.

    Mr. W. C. Gretter was named a committee of one to look into the matter.

    Dry spell broken

    Even though it is not the rainy season, the long dry spell was broken on Sunday, last, and the weather bureau predicted plenty of rain during the next few days.  Paso Robles reported getting two inches prior to daybreak Monday, and Salinas said that it had received a little over one inch.  The picture all over the county is looking up.

    City going broke, needs to conserve cash

    The Pacific Grove board of trustees is seeking ways to cut back on its expenditures.  Among the several ideas promulgated at Monday’s meeting was one calling for abandoning our City Constable’s office and placing responsibility for municipal protection in the County Sheriff’s hands.  The idea was not brought forward for a vote, but if it had been the motion would most likely have failed.

    Paul wins suit

    Mr. J. K. Paul was in Salinas Tuesday to testify in a suit he had filed against Augusta King, a resident of the Grove.  Paul claimed that he had spent the sum of one hundred dollars to help provide a funeral for Augusta King’s mother, who passed away two years ago.  Paul indicated that he and Miss King had agreed to consider the amount a loan, but when Paul several times requested repayment Miss King ignored him.

    ऀAfter examining the evidence, the judge quickly decided in Paul’s favor and ordered that full payment by made by Miss King. 3

    Grove needs outdoor sports, or none!

    Progress on the proposed, clay-based tennis courts in Caledonia Park 3 has been checked temporarily by yet another restraining order.  The attorney for a group living in close proximity of the park requested that the Superior Court issue the order.  The court complied.  This was certainly understandable.  It is easy for a few to raise the devil.  The City Attorney’s countering argument, which went ignored by the court, indicated that the tennis courts in Caledonia Park were for the benefit of the entire community and not just a few community grumps.

    ऀThe City Trustees of Pacific Grove and the city attorney must appear in court Monday next in order to have their plans for the park, including the tennis courts, decided as appropriate or inappropriate.

    Women can vote

    The Pacific Grove Review wishes to remind all those of the female persuasion that they can vote in the forthcoming, municipal election.  It is only in federal voting booths that women still cannot have a say.  Even though the last day for registering is Friday of next week, the Review has noted that few women have yet bothered to register.  Remember!  If you plan to vote, you must be registered!  Take care of that matter today! 4

    Snippets from the area

    ·         The Pacific Grove Trustees have fixed the salary of City Treasurer at $25 per month, but also required that the City Treasurer be properly bonded.

    H. G. Jorgensen, Attorney-at-law, will assist you with any legal matter.  Call for a free, introductory meeting.  Ask the operator to connect you with Main 107.

    And your bill amounts to …

    ·         The Pacific Grove Garage has in stock a fair number of the new Michelin Anti-skid tires.  The Michelin’s leather tread is tough, flexible, and non-puncturing.  The hardened steel studs, like an octopus’ arm-suckers, clamp to the earth and prevent skidding … no matter the weather.  Your auto mobile needs them!  On special at $4.25 each.  Four for $16.

    Stay in Monterey, ride the street train to the Grove.  The hostelry is conveniently located in the Ortina block.  It’s $2.50 a night with delicious breakfast, supper, and a friendly evening snifter of warmed cinnamon-brandy.

    Thousands of frilly blouses are available at the Lace House.  Prices range from 95¢ to $3.95.  Mail orders filled.  Exchanges or returns acceptable.  Hurry!  The sale is now going on!

    Author’s Notes

    1.      Lt. General Leonard Wood entered the army as a medical doctor and decided to make the military his career.  The General retired from service in 1921, and passed away after surgery for a brain tumor in 1927.

    Mr. Paul, a person of many interests, was also an active candidate for a seat on the Pacific Grove Council.

    Who named the park “Caledonia” is unclear, but the name comes from a European city.

    Women would be denied the vote in federal matters until the 1920s.

    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, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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