• High Hats and Parasols, October 18th, 2012

    Record-seeking areoplane flights From Santa Cruz fail
    Aviator Frank Bryant arrived in this city Tuesday evening, but not in his big biplane.  He came by train from Castroville where, with Aviator Rex Francis, he was compelled to make a landing on account of dense fog.  Mr. Bryant called at the Sentinel newspaper office and explained his attempt to reach Pacific Grove from Santa Cruz on Monday morning.  This is what he said:
    “The fog was heavy then, so much so that we (the aviators) were unable to leave the ground.  Finally, the fog lifted about noon, and we tuned up our motors, intending to depart at 2:15 pm.  As soon as we were in the air, we could see that the fog had not lifted in the areas of Monterey and Pacific Grove.  It hung about in a huge bank which hid all the raised landmarks.  After about 15 minutes of flying here and there, we found ourselves lost and so flew to a point near Port Watsonville.  All of the natives were on hand to greet us as we dropped down from out of the clouds, declaring that the air sounded like it was full of other airships waiting to land.  The natives little realized that it was only the two of us.  The rattle of our big machines sounded as though a dozen aviators had landed their air ships on the same spot.  Indeed, we were several times asked if that was the case, and when were all the other flyers coming in.  A man at Port Watsonville said the motors on both machines could be distinctly heard, although we were maybe a mile apart.
    “Rex and I put our heads together, and decided that any more attempts at take-off that day would be folly.  We were in high spirits, but disappointed to think we might not make the entire trip and set a new record.  We tied down our planes in the cow pasture where we had landed.  Rex returned to Santa Cruz.  I boarded a train for Pacific Grove.  We intend to return to our areoships for another try Friday.”
    The people of Port Watsonville expect a great deal of excitement from this event, thinking that the aviators intend to create an air show1 at the Ooau Rodeo Grounds on Saturday.  Frank said that he hoped the prospective audience would not be too disappointed, but that he and Rex planned a flight to Pacific Grove on Friday … that is, if the weather has cleared.2

    Poisoning prohibited
    Residents of the Grove who have been in the habit of hiding poison upon their premises to kill animals that come around and annoy them should bear in mind that they are liable to prosecution as there is a state law against this practice.  Better seek some other means of getting rid of the annoyances.

    Poll tax now due
    Poll tax for the year 1912 is now due and should be paid to either R. Rich or W. Gretter.  Pay up now and save getting stuck with a penalty.  Remember, every citizen should vote!

    Mrs. Ingram dies
    Mrs. Ed Ingram died while visiting in Los Angeles on Monday evening after undergoing an emergency operation at a hospital in that city.  Mrs. Ingram and her daughter are well known throughout the Grove, having lived here for some time.  The body will be brought home for a funeral, specifics to be announced, and burial.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Coastal Valleys Gas & Electric Company sells gas, gas appliances, electric energy, electric appliances and, most importantly, CVG&E also sells service.  “If our assistances are not up to standard tell us, do not tell your neighbor!  We are here to satisfy and will fix all problems!”  Posted by office secretary, Coastal Valleys Gas & Electric Company.
    • The Nerve Rest Sanatorium at Belmont is now open to guests.  For both mental and nerve cases, the Nerve Rest treats guests as individuals and as singular patients.  They know that kind and sympathetic treatment will work wonders.  Their percentage of cures will soon become the best around.  In a faultless climate, management has already installed an up-to-date kitchen surrounded with single, double, or triple rooms for living.  A physician is available daily.  Rates reasonable.  To receive a complete brochure, write to Nerve Rest Sanitarium, Box 5, Belmont.  We will respond quickly.
    • Plan now to participate in Thursday’s whist3 contest, to be held at Civic Center.  First deal begins at 6:30.  Prizes awarded.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • The manager of the Pacific Improvement Company reminds one and all that Rocky Mountain Coal is now being sold by this firm.  Yes, PIC offers “hot stuff” for stoves and furnaces.  Ask for a free sack of coal as your trial order.  25¢ a sack for subsequent orders, delivered in ton lots.  5% discount if you pick up your order.  Come by 101 Fountain or have your phone connected to Main 724.
    • Play base ball with the ball with the cork center; The ball that big leagues use.  This ball is also the “official” ball of the World Series.  The Spalding ball is guaranteed to play evenly right through the game.  It feels good to handle and keeps the players alert.  It makes any game more interesting for the spectators.  Get your own ball for $1.38 each.  $1.33 each of you purchase two of more balls.  Check your local sporting goods emporium or write to A. G. Spalding & Bros, San Francisco.  Include 10¢ extra for handling, boxing, and postage.
    • The Coffee Club Café is now open on Sundays.  Fresh pies are baked every day.  Stop in for a cup of savory Folger’s coffee and a piece of delectable pie, 15¢.  With ice cream, 24¢.
    • J. K. Paul’s furniture store will help you fancy up your home.  This week we are offering wall paper by the roll.  Fancy black-and-white sateen, 30 inches wide is on special.  Black and white striping alternates.  Each stripe, one inch wide.  This beautiful paper is yours for just 11½ ¢ per yard.

    The last laugh
    The dying lady’s final request was that her special gentleman friend be told that she had passed with him only in her heart and his name alone on her lips.  Then she added: “And tell the same to George, Albert, and Bruce!”

    Author’s Notes

    1. Air shows, often produced by 1 or 2 flyers, were big events.  John Steinbeck wrote about air shows in this area, with his mother getting a lift in one of the planes.
    2. Underlined text indicated italicized text.
    3. Whist was a British-originated card game not unlike pinochle or bridge.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 18, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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