• High Hats and Parasols, Novermber 26th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    California Aviator flies biplane from naval ship
    Eugene Ely has set a new standard in aviation. While the U. S. Navy researched ideas for new ways to make war, Ely used a naval cruiser, the U.S.S. Birmingham, as a landing strip … the first time this has been done. Soon afterward, the aviator was honored by being given the rank of lieutenant in the California National Guard.
    Ely flew a Curtiss Golden Flyer, designed by Glenn Curtiss in 1909. The plane is of the type that locates the propeller behind the pilot. Not only does the Curtiss represent new technology, Ely is but the 17th pilot licensed by the federal government.
    Behind U. S. Navy involvement in the test flight was Assistant Secretary of the Navy Beekman Winthrop. To depart the Birmingham, Winthrop ordered sailors to Construct a wooden ramp, 83 feet long, higher at one end than at the other. On November 14, the plane was lifted to the high end, Ely climbed in, and momentum was gained rolling down the ramp. Not quite enough head-speed was obtained to prevent the plane’s wheels from dipping into the ocean, but the day was saved by the oaring engine. After the brief flight, Ely did not attempt to re-land on the cruiser. Instead, he set his plane down on the hard sand of a nearby shoreline. Ely said that he was relieved to be again on land; he does not know how to swim.
    Ely is now on the way to San Francisco for a second trial flight. The navy ship, to be anchored in San Francisco Bay, is the U. S. S. Pennsylvania. The same sort of wooden “flight deck” will be constructed and, this time, Ely intends to land on the ship as well as take off from it.
    All Grovians are wishing Ely well1.

    Governor Folk is in Grove
    Governor Joseph Folk arrived in the Grove by train this week. He spent the greater part of his time after arrival in viewing the beauties of this vicinity. He was taken by auto mobil to Pebble Beach where he took lunch. He was then escorted around the marvelous beauties of the Pacific Improvement Company’s forest reservation.
    Folk was accompanied by his friend John Butler of Cincinnati, Superior Court Judge B. V. Sargent of Salinas, Reb. Dr. W. C. Evans (President of the Pacific Grove Chautauqua), Rev. Dr. Thomas Gilben, W. W. Collin, and J. P. Pryor.

    Attacks on Japanese
    Most Grovians are very much in favor of the miniscule communities of Japanese people living in this area. Indeed, the “Japanese tea garden” doing business near Lovers Point is an example of the fine services provided by these erstwhile people who mostly keep to themselves.
    However, a self-appointed posse of people living near San Francisco are protesting the planned admission of more Japanese into the United States. “These immigrants, called the Yellow Plague, are said to be subject to the whims and orders of powerful Japanese bosses. Many are Ninja warriors in disguise. Their eventual goal is alleged to be ‘orientalization’ of all California. It is also said that the Japanese are driving up wages by creating a scarcity of labor. No white worker will labor alongside the Asians.”
    When challenged to speak out, Grovians are encouraged to support our Japanese communities2.

    Notes from around the area…

          • The Mayflower Congregational Church has taken temporary quarters in the Work Building. Special Thanksgiving services will be offered. All are welcome.
          • Kohler & Chase, San Francisco, has agreed to provide a Weber Grand Piano for use at this summer’s Chautauqua Institute sessions.
          • Cowboy justice may have been swift, but it was not always sure. Nonetheless, cowboy justice played a role in preserving the peace of the old West and has furnished material for many thrilling readings. Now cowboy justice is the subject of an entire reel of films being shown at D’s Theater. Come early to claim the best seats.
          • The city trustees have decided that for the coming season the bathhouse, located at Lover’s Point, will be open daily between 8am and 10pm.

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    The cost of living…

          • Store your summer clothes for the winter. Hampers are available at The Fair, the Grove’s favorite store. Fancy rush and cane, woven. $2.75.
          • This hack is built with a “Piano Box” body, extra long. Concord springs. Black leather cushion on seat. Black. $68.50. See at the Pacific Grove Livery.
          • Crock “slop” jars. Wire handle for carrying. $3.65. Wright’s Hardware.
          • Damask doylies. Very pretty and useful all around the home. Your choice of designs. 35¢ each at the Bazaar store.
          • Monterey County Real Estate Exchange, located in the Grove, is offering a fiveroom house on a graded street. Good view of the bay. Indoor bath. Kitchen, parlor, preacher’s room

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        , and two bedrooms. Purchase this fine property for nothing down and almost that much as a monthly payment. $2,750.

    Author’s Notes
    1. On October 19, 1911, while flying at an exhibition in Macone, Georgia, Ely crashed. The aviator was able to walk away from the wreckage, but his neck was broken. He died a short time later at 32 years of age. In 1933, Ely was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as recognition of a remarkable contribution to naval aviation.
    2. Three years earlier, the U.S.-Japanese governments reached a secret understanding in which Japan agreed not to issue passports to emigrants to the United States, except to certain categories of business and professional people. In exchange, President Theodore Roosevelt agreed to rescind an order by which Japanese school children were segregated from white students.
    3. The bathhouse was then open as a bath house, not as a restaurant
    4. The “Pastor’s room” was a room within homes kept inordinately clean and unused in case there would be an unexpected, sit-down visit by someone such as the pastor.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 26, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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