• High Hats and Parasols, March 26th, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    Strange circumstances provoke divorce(s) attempt
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McGeorge were married in a San Francisco ceremony on November 22nd, last. Thereafter, the newly-weds returned to Monterey county and
    took up residence in Pacific Grove. Mr. McGeorge operates from here as a prosperous builder-contractor.
    Not long afterward, Mrs. McGeorge launched a litany of complaints against her husband. Mrs. McGeorge said that even before marriage, she had known that Mr.
    McGeorge secretly maintained a mistress, but that he had promised to discontinue his liaisons.
    After settling in the Grove, Mrs. McGeorge claims that she had discovered that her husband had moved his paramour south and taken a small apartment for her use.
    Mrs. McGeorge then hired a detective who verified that this nefarious association had not been discontinued. Mrs. McGeorge filed for divorce in San Francisco. Among her complaints was the sensational charge that Mr. McGeorge was bestowing his attention upon the same affinity whose acquaintance he had formed prior to the couple’s marriage.
    Mr. McGeorge denied all accusations against him. He said that in truth his bride had married him in order to get her hands on his money, which is reportedly
    considerable in amount. He said further that he had come home one day to find that his wife had taken every penny in family funds, and departed. He then filed for divorce in Monterey county where he is represented by P. E. Zabala whose connection with the recent Brugulere divorce case gave him fame throughout the state.
    Mrs. McGeorge has not revealed the name of her attorney, but she did indicate that she was seeking property, alimony, and other relief in addition to divorce.

    Storm succumbs to illness
    After lingering between life and death for several days, Jason C. Storm, who is a much-respected pioneer resident of the Grove, succumbed this morning to a stubborn
    attack of pneumonia. Mr. Storm took sick Wednesday last while attending a horse sale. He immediately returned home and sought medical aid, but the disease had
    fastened itself upon him with a firm grip. In spite of his robust constitution, the best of medicine, and lots of careful nursing, the affliction could not be shaken off. Death relieved the victim of his suffering at 9 o’clock this Friday evening.

    Getting to know Monterey County in 1910
    With an area of 3,600 square miles, Monterey County has an assessed real estate valuation of $13,641,725. Our with-in towns properties1 add more than $5,000,000 to that value.
    The county has an eighty mile stretch of ocean border. The shore is rugged, and the west side, where runs the Santa Lucia mountain range, is but sparsely settled. On
    the east are Gabilan peaks. Between these two ranges are wide valleys which lead gradually over terrace and foothill to mountain tops. Chief among these valleys is the
    Salinas valley, which is 100 miles in length and ranges in width from six to ten miles. Stretching out from the San Antonio hills is a great body of level land covering an
    area of 500 square miles with soil of great depth and richness. It is mostly covered with mustard grass if not farmed. All this land is tillable and produces most of our county’s crops.
    The main river system is provided by the Salinas river, with the San Lorenzo, San Antonio, Arroyo Seco, Nacimiento, and Estrella as tributaries. Climatic conditions are
    ideal, both in the valleys and along the coast. Sheltered by high mountains and thick forests, the warm inland parts of the county are fanned by ocean breezes.
    In the valleys, grain and fruits and vegetables thrive and the higher pasture land is the best, making dairying a profitable industry. Monterey county is now home to
    45 dairies. The butter output of last year exceeded 800,000 pounds. At least 300,000 pounds of cheese and 3,500 gallons of condensed milk were also produced2.
    Poultry raising is becoming an important industry. Figures for the year indicate Monterey county is home to 18,000 fowl which produce 720,000 eggs. Much land in the lower end of the county is given to stock raising, covering thousands of acres in individual tracts yielding immense profits. Heads of cattle number 518,000, horses 185,000, sheep 40,000, swine 14,700, and 200 goats. For more information about property available in Monterey county, contact Charles T. Norton, Realtor 3.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Charles T. Norton, a real estate agent for the Grove, represents properties on
      irrigated land in Yolo County. Substantial discounts for those who plan to grow
      sugar beets, alfalfa, fruit, or grain. Also, Yuma’s surroundings need serious
      settlers. Per acre prices are shaved to almost nothing. Minimum purchase in
      either location is 80 acres.
    • Johnston Bros & Campbell’s grocery has just received the largest shipment of
      canned fruits and vegetables ever seen in Pacific Grove. All are available at the
      right price.
    • The Lucius Fairchild Post No. 170 has reset its meeting dates to the 1st and 3rd
      Wednesdays of each month. The meeting place is the T. A. Work Hall. This
      notice is posted by Eli Fisher, adjutant, and G. A. Hovey, quartermaster, for
      Lucius Fairchild Post No. 170.
    • Your newspaper, the Pacific Grove Review, is prepared to furnish engraved
      calling cards on short notice at prices that cannot be beat, even in San
      Francisco. If you already have a plate, bring it to our office. If you are in need
      of a plate, we will process one for you. Engraved wedding invitations are also
      available. You need provide only a bride and groom.

    For sale or rent…

    • The Winston Café offers its all-you-can-eat “brown bread and potato salad”
      special every Wednesday at lunch. 25¢ per person, drink included.
    • Purchase your Star Raisin Seeder from Wright’s Hardware. Looks and operates
      like a meat grinder. Heavy enough for commercial use by stores, eateries,
      bakeries, etc. Effortlessly removes seeds from raisin grapes. $10.45.
      4
    • Men’s 15¢ linen collars. On sale for 9¢ at the Golden Rule Bazaar.
    • Magic Milkshake Maker. Just add chilled cream, sugar, and vanilla to canister.
      So easy that your children can do it for you. Pay only $6 at the White House.
    • My Standard Edison Phonograph, in good condition, is for sale. Includes 30 fine
      records. Price $15. Apply at 215 Eighteenth street.

    (Endnotes)
    1 Incorporated communities.
    2 For some reason, perhaps oversight, Monterey county’s total milk production
    was not mentioned.
    3 The modern-day author, to the best of his ability, uses classical punctuation
    and grammar while rewriting historical stories. Monterey County was then
    Monterey county. Forest Avenue was Forest avenue. Two spaces followed each
    sentence, and one space followed other punctuations. The subjunctive voice,
    often overlooked today, was a must.
    4 California was following the lead of Egypt in growing and marketing raisin
    grapes, with raisins often being prepared at home. After the seeds were
    removed, the grapes would be coated with a selected flavoring and dried in the
    sun.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 26, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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