• High Hats and Parasols, May 21st, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    More support for improvement of harbor
    A resolution has been introduced in the State Building Trades Commission convention favoring the proposed improvement of Monterey Bay harbor. There is every indication that the resolution will be passed. The aid of such a strong organization will help materially in getting the matter before Congress in the proper manner. Work being considered includes an up-to-date wharf and installation of a breakwater1.

    Pigeon fancier Hudson sustains cruel loss
    When Charles A. Hudson, who resides on the southeast side of Pacific Grove, went out to his pigeon pens this morning, he made the startling discovery that someone had broken in during the night. Thirty-three of his birds were killed. Many others had flown away or were stolen. Blood-splattered walls and floor bore mute testimony to the viciousness of the attack.
    Mr. Hudson raises large numbers of birds for marketing which he keeps in several pigeon houses. The locks on each house had been broken and thrown aside. The constable has posted no word about the possibility of suspects, but stated his conviction that an arrest will be made. Mr. Hudson offers a reward of $20 for information that leads to conviction of the criminal(s).

    Grove trustees meet
    There was an interesting session of the Grove trustees on Monday evening at which E. C. Smith was chosen chairman pro tem. After the reading of the minutes,
    Trustee W. H. Hill suggested that the minutes be corrected by the insertion of a clause stating that at the last meeting a resolution was introduced appropriating five hundred dollars for advertising the city2.
    Trustee E. Berwick objected on the ground that there was not a quorum present when the resolution was introduced, but after some discussion the clerk was instructed to make the correction suggested by Mr. Hill.
    City Attorney Jorgenson informed the Board that they cannot legally appropriate five hundred dollars for advertising the Grove at this time as they are not allowed by law to expend more than five per cent of the taxes collected for promotional purposes, and that a considerable part of that amount has already been spent. Trustee Hill took issue with Mr. Jorgenson on this point and stated that he will himself investigate the legality of the proposed appropriation. Hill stated that the expenditure is necessary to help the Grove attract more visitors.

    Telephone users pay different rates
    Mr. W. F. Smith appeared at the trustee’s meeting to request a refund from the telephone company of part of the amount which has been paid by Grove telephone
    subscribers over the past several years. Mr. Smith indicated having obtained evidence that about one-half of the subscribers are paying $1.25 monthly while one-half are paying $1.50 monthly. Smith asked that the excess amount be refunded or applied to future phone billings3. The trustees summoned Mr. C. K. Tuttle, telephone spokesperson, to respond. However, Tuttle said that any definitive response must be made by Mr. George Higby, who serves as general manager. Mr. Higby said that different rates may be paid by different people, depending on contract arrangements. Mr. Higby said that he did not feel that the telephone company would make any refunds, but that he would refer the matter to his board.
    Trustee Hill said that if no refunds were forthcoming, retaliation would likely be necessary.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Rich traveled to Watsonville today to attend the funeral of
      the late Mrs. G. W. Gretter.
    • A Divine Healing meeting is planned for Wednesday at 2 pm, Work Theater.
      Miss Cornelia Perry arrived home Tuesday from a visit to Salinas where she
      has been visiting friends.
    • Mr. William Furlong, one of the pioneering residents of the Grove, is down
      from San Francisco. Mr. Furlong is greeting his many friends here. He reports
      that his daughter is now much improved in health.
    • Mrs. G. L. Davis, who resides at 509 Cedar street with her two boys, returned
      home, after traveling to Salinas by train. Mrs. Davis said they were thrilled to
      be driven by auto mobile, the machine provided by Mr. and Mrs. Foster who
      transported them home4.

    For sale or rent…

    • Mrs. M. Holmshaw and Miss M. Adams have opened a nursing home at 231
      Lobos avenue in Pacific Grove. Basic rate for the very best care: $25 weekly.
      Johnston Bros & Campbell’s makes its own sauerkraut. Now on sale for 20¢ a
      can.
    • Lady’s watches on sale at the Golden Rule Bazaar. Your choice of styles.
      $2.75.
    • Best values in real estate from the Monterey County Real Estate Exchange, S.
      N. Williams (manager), Pacific Grove. Rent four room house, close in, with
      bath and gas. $12 per month.
    • Rolled barley in 70 pound bags. $1.10 from the T. A. Work Co.

    (Endnotes)
    1 The issue of harbor improvement had been stumbling around for several years without resolution. Entry into the argument of the State Building Trades Commission soon brought the matter to a successful conclusion.

    2 In 1910, quarrels frequently erupted between those who felt the Grove should remain a sheltered, camp-like place and those who favored attracting visitors willing to spend money while here.

    3 The subscription fee allowed access to lines only. Telephones and other inbuilding equipment were purchased separately.

    4 The distance required and the mostly-unpaved roads available for the drive from Salinas to Pacific Grove would have made travel by auto mobile quite an adventure.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 21, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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