• High Hats and Parasols, March 16th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Message from mid-ocean
    An instance of how completely modern science has conquered time and distance was furnished today in the form of a wireless message which was dispatched from the steamship Mariana in the Atlantic ocean, half way between Liverpool and New York, at 7 o’clock this morning. The message arrived at Salinas at 12:03 this afternoon, being only five hours in transmission. This is certainly going some, to use a colloquialism.
    The sender of this message is Salinas Postmaster W. J. Hill who, with his wife, is crossing the Atlantic on his way home from a tour of Europe and the Holy Land. It
    was sent to the writer’s son, W. C. Hill, partly as novelty, via the routing of Steamship Mariana, Steamship Cedric, Cape Race, Newfoundland, San Francisco, and Salinas. The message read: From the Steamship Mariana, at sea. To W. C. Hill, Salinas, Ca. Half way between Liverpool and New York. All well. Love, W. J. Hill.”

    Celebrate 50th
    The Rev. and Mrs. Daniels celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this afternoon at their home on Lobos avenue by holding a reception. The festivities began at 3 o’clock and lasted until 5 o’clock. A large number of their friends called to offer congratulations. The Reverend Daniels is a retired Methodist minister who has seen more than fifty years of service as pastor and missionary.

    Birds migrating
    There was a sight to be seen yesterday afternoon along the shore of Monterey Bay here in the Grove. At about 4 pm a flock of birds arrived and began passing by about fifty rods off shore. The stream of wild foul was estimated at about 100 feet wide. So many foul were in flight that it took more than one hour for them all to pass a measuring point at Lovers Point just off of Ocean View avenue. The birds were black with white wingtips1.

    Aged resident passes
    Mr. J. G. Gerdes, father of W. A. Gerdes, died at the home of his son whose address is on Gibson avenue in this city. The late Mr. Gerdes had been failing for some time
    past, and his death was not unexpected. He was a German by birth, but he resided in Iowa and California since childhood and became a citizen of the United States. For the past four years, he had been making his home with his son, by whom he was kindly cared for until the time of his death.
    The younger Gerdes departed this morning to attend the body of his father on a trip to Iowa, where the funeral will be held. Muscatine, in Iowa, is the former homecenter of the Gerdes family.
    Besides two sons, who both reside in the Grove, Mr. Gerdes leaves a brother and a sister in the east to mourn his loss. His wife pre-deceased him in 1906.

    Mussel bake set
    The mussel bake honoring the Itinerants Club under the auspices of the Convention Committee will take place in the basement of the Methodist church this Saturday
    evening. A committee of ladies has been busy during the day placing unique and beautiful decorations. It is certain that the room will be greatly admired come Saturday. Manager J. W. Foster reports 123 reservations for this year’s events. Last year, there were only 42 in attendance.

    Advertised letters
    Postmaster James Harper reports that Pacific Grove is in receipt of numerous letters waiting to be claimed at the post office. Among these are missives addressed to: Mrs. Rose Alamas, Miss Minnie Allen, Eben Archibald, Miss Lena Bigger, Mrs. K. V. Bonney, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Conover, Mrs. R. M. Davis, Mrs. Geo A. Colwell, P.
    A. Galvaz, Miss Mary Hall, Miss Annie Henry, Miss Winnie Humphrey (two letters), Miss Tillie Lewis, Gus Meckfesset, Miss Edith Minor, Mrs. Nicholson, Mrs. Vergil F.
    Shaw, T. K. Scott, and Floyd Willman.

    Snippets from around the area…

        • Miss G. M. Douglass has taken up 567 Lighthouse as her place of business. Miss Douglass is a registered optometrist who tests eyes and fits glasses. Grinding of lenses’ requires 3 to 5 working days.
        • Miss Cleo Parmelee, who sang at this past season’s Chautauqua, left for Boston this week. Miss Parmelee intends to resume her musical studies at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
        • Miss Olive Eustace has arrived in the Grove as the guest of Mrs. E. R. McQuilken. The two women are sisters.
        • A phone call to the Culp Bros. on Lighthouse, who are acting as agent for Del
        Monte Laundry, will bring the laundry wagon to your front door for the best service ever. Ask the operator for Red 373.

    And your bill amounts to …

        • Long & Gretter’s Floral Sea Cream Lotion helps you to tan, and takes care of sunburn and chapping. One pint bottle. Reasonably priced at $2.70.
        • Real estate transfer has taken place between the Del Monte Townsite and Mr. K. D. Payne, to wit: Lot 6, Block 8, Map 4, Del Monte Heights. Cost paid for the land and transfer fee: $10.
        • George S. Sheldon’s Shoe Polishing Parlor, located on Forest avenue near Lighthouse, takes care of your footwear. Men and women’s shoes polished. Men’s shoes shined to a gleam on or off the feet 25¢.
        • The White Sewing Machine, manufactured at 1400 Market Street in San Francisco, is a rotary machine, with both lock and chain stitch. The latest up-to-the-minute steel attachments come with each machine. These are the best, all-round, family sewing machines. Made in both Rotary and Vibrator styles. Send your name andaddress for our beautiful catalogue, mailed free. Foot pedal operation in a handsome, four side-drawer cabinet. On special at $17.50. Remember! The White is King!

    Author’s Notes
    1 Your author viewed the first “foul” as a typo, but the second “foul” made this supposition a bit suspect. A check of Bullions’ Grammar indicated that “foul”, then as now, meant filled or covered with offensive matter, and “fowl” refers to a bird, foul or not, which generally means covered with oily goo.
    2 D’Arcy Porter and George W. Baker designed the White Sewing Machine and were considered the company’s founders. Later the machine was renamed the White Vibrating Shuttle, but that name failed to catch on.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 16, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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