• High Hats and Parasols, September 17th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Lawyers in business
    Mssrs. Treat and Hudson, attorneys at law, are pleased to announce their having gone into business. While the gentlemen have located their principal office above the Bank of Monterey, in Monterey, they have advised all that they will be pleased to travel to Pacific Grove to take care of matters within that jurisdiction1.

    California Olive Oil now on market
    The Oliver Grocery Company of Pacific Grove has passed along word on a new line: California Olive Oils!
    Mssr Gerald Yates, spokesman, said that the firm has at last been able to find a California olive oil capable of competing with Italian Oil in both price and quality. Heretofore, the makers of the best California oils persisted in putting them up in bottles, and while the quality was all right the price at which the sellers were forced to demand was considerable higher than charged for Italian oils packed in cans.
    The oils are being processed and sold under the name the California Olive Oil Company, which guarantees the purity of its products. California oils are available in quart and half-gallon can sizes. You can learn more by visiting the Oliver Grocery Company store in the Grove2.

    Teacher / Coach hired
    Mr. George Wolcott of Berkeley has been engaged as a teacher in the Pacific Grove High School. He will teach English and commercial subjects. Mr. Wolcott will also
    head up athletics3.

    Site for City Hall discussed
    There was a meeting of the City Trustees in the temporary city hall on Wednesday evening. The trustees assembled for the purpose of talking about a suitable site for
    construction of a permanent city hall. There was a quorum of the trustees present, but owing to the fact that Trustee Pryor was out of town, no action was taken. It was deemed best to have all the members present when so important a question is decided.
    In debate, Trustee Hill said that he is of the opinion that the city lots on the corner of Forest and Laurel avenues are well located and are large enough, but Hill’s contention was not supported by the other trustees.
    Trustee Martin said that he is in favor of a location on Lighthouse, and he spoke of the Tuttle property on the corner of Fountain and Lighthouse. If that site is rejected,
    Martin said that he favors replacing the skating rink on 17th with a new city hall.
    Trustee Hill said that the council should make certain that a site had been selected before submitting the matter of building the city hall to voters4.

    Railroad assessment raised
    The State board of equalization has increased the assessment on the twenty-five railroads extant in California. The increase amounts to $8,313,808, bringing the total valuation to $130,205,506. Attorneys for the railroads said their clients planned to contest the right of the state to assess them.

    Schools prepare to open
    The public schools of Pacific Grove are prepared to open.
    Primary-aged children should register at the beginning of the term as no registrations will be received after the first month. It would be advisable for high school students to be on hand during the first day of school to insure their programs and to avoid conflicts5.

    Notice to tax payers
    Notice is hereby given that the Pacific Grove tax assessor has delivered to the trustees the Assessment Book, together with the Tax Collections Book, for the year
    1910, and that the Board of Trustees of Pacific Grove will meet in the council chambers, 169 Fountain, next week at 10 o’clock to consider same. The meeting will continue in session from day to day until all returns have been received and reviewed. In the mean time, the assessment books will remain in the office of the City Clerk, located at 587 Lighthouse, where they will be available for inspection by all interested parties.

    Notes from around the area…

        • Mrs. A. G. Bullene has returned from a visit of upwards of two months with friends in Napa and other points in the vicinity of San Francisco.
        • There will be a praise meeting held Sunday evening at 7. To reach the church, get off the electric cars at Hoffman and walk one block north.
        • Rev. Carl Hirschman and his bride have been the guests of the Rev. and Mrs. Peebles of the Grove for several days. The Hirschmans, who hail from Minneapolis, are here to enjoy a honeymoon.
        • Saint Mary-by-the-Sea invites all to join in the fund-raising, baked goods sale this weekend. Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Guild.
        • The First Church of Christ Scientist will meet at 167 Fountain. Services begin at 11 am. The subject is “Love”.

    The cost of living…

        • A new brand of olive oil canned by California Olive Oils is being offered by the Oliver Grocery Company. 70¢ by the quart. $1.35 by the half gallon.
        • Slip-on lady’s sleeping gown in restful colors. $1 each. 3 for $2.50.
        • The Bank of Pacific Grove is paying 4% for your savings account.
        • Jams of various varieties. 25¢ a jar. Canned by Mrs. P. D. Blackman. Available in the Wells-Fargo Building.
        • Under the weather? A visit to Dr. H. N. Yates will fix you right up. The medical office is in the Hollenbeck Building. Telephone Red 37.

    Notes
    1 Attorney Tom Hudson, who became a county commissioner, was honored with
    a plaque located near the Monterey Post Office. The Hudson family donated
    coastal property to the State for a park, and owns Hudson & Co, a western store
    located in the Carmel Crossroads shopping mall.
    2 Olive oil has long been at the center of scams perpetrated by Mafia families in
    Italy and carried over to California. It is believed that perhaps 45% to 50% of
    the world’s olive oils are, in reality, made from much cheaper colza oil, which is
    squeezed from a Swedish turnip.
    3 “Commercial” subjects included calligraphy, shorthand, and typing. While
    men often taught such subjects at the turn of the century, they soon entered the
    domain of female teachers.
    4 What’s this? No consensus? Little about Pacific Grove has changed during the
    past century.
    5 Pacific Grove students were in short supply 100 years ago. If inadequate
    students failed to show up for the first day of school, a course would be
    cancelled.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 17, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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