• High Hats and Parasols, September 28th, 2012

    “Yes” vote on wharf
    Despite the fact that the “socialists”1 fought the granting of a franchise for the concrete pier at Santa Cruz, liberal supporters gained enough votes to win the day.  The final count was 1,500 “for” to 105 “against”.  The contract for cement will be let to the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company, which formed the main point of contention.  Bids will soon be accepted for the work.

    Shepardson leaves Grove
    Miss Luela Shepardson, a recent graduate of Pacific Grove high school, departed by train today for San Francisco.  After a week in the big city visiting with friends, Miss Shepardson boards a steamer for transport to Hawaii where she plans to take up the work of a professional journalist.  After completing her high school studies, the young lady served one year as an intern for the Pacific Grove Review.  Her work was considered exemplary and her application to the Hawaiian newspaper was eagerly accepted.

    Notice to printers and publishers
    Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the City of Pacific Grove invite sealed proposals or bids for special printing and publishing work.  Instructions packets are available from City Hall.  Typesetter must have 12 point Times available.  Present your proposal or bid at the office of the City Clerk at 168 Forest avenue, Pacific Grove, before closing time the second Tuesday in October.  Posted by E. S. Johnson, City Clerk.

    Soldiers and Indians at the Colonial Theater
    Those desiring excitement in moving pictures should not fail to attend the Colony’s showing this week end.  The program is bound to please even the most exacting taste.  The “Hero” is a pleasing little comedy sure to create a laugh, as is also “Resignation”.  “Between life and Death” is a thrilling story of the Mexican border conflict that shows a charge of the United States Cavalry that goes across the boundary where sixteen trapped soldiers are in peril.  “Man of the Hour” is a suspenseful flicker that holds the viewers’ attention from start to finish, and “A Peasant Girl’s Loyalty” is a clever picture of life which explains falling in love. 2
    You should not miss this fine program, which begins tonight.  At the Saturday matinee, which screens at 3 pm, three reels of fine pictures and several sing-alongs are added.  The Colonial is sponsoring special prices for this program.  The matinee costs 5¢ a seat.  Evening showings cost 10¢.

    Duffers welcome
    Patrons of the Pacific Grove Hotel and all residents of Pacific Grove are cordially welcomed on the Del Monte links this week end to celebrate with the new owners of the hotel.  The links are located just twenty minutes from the Pacific Grove Hotel by electric cars.
    The Pacific Grove Hotel is kept open all the year, mostly for the benefit of Pacific Grovians, and we earnestly solicit a liberal patronage from hotel and village residents.  The hotel serves lunch and dinner and will reserve tables at any time.  Management will also cater to private parties or to any social entertainments.  New private bath rooms are offered in many rooms, and the Pacific Grove Hotel offers the only public bath in the Grove.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • The Salinas Lodge of the BPOE Elks is traveling to the Grove for a gathering Saturday, next.  The Elks are inviting visitors to a post-meeting lunch and social served by the Pacific Grove hotel.  It is hoped that the men in attendance become interested in the Elks and join. 3
    • Dr. Ormiston Swayze, who practices only eye, ear, nose, and throat matters, has moved his office to the Ortin’s block in Monterey.  There, Swayze maintains morning office hours from 10 until 12.  He makes home calls in the afternoon.  The doctor continues to reside at 369 Pine avenue in the Grove.  Connect with Main 329 for an appointment or additional information.
    • Due to our superb sources, we always stock the latest and most appealing merchandise.  Stop in and have a look around.  Wright’s Hardware store is on Lighthouse avenue in the Grove.
    • Feeling under the weather?  El Bethel Mission is planning a Divine Healing session Wednesday next at 7:30.  The Devine Healing is preceded by Bible study, preaching, and praise.  Come say “Hallelujah, I am healed!”  Work hall.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Rent the Civic Club house for your evening affair.  Use of the entire club costs only $8 per night.  Using the club for practice sessions, when not otherwise booked, costs $1 extra, each.  Contact Mrs. Lee Daingerfield or Mrs. Phillip Oyer.
    • Be certain to submit your dog taxes soon.  These are now due and payable.  Male, $1.  Female, $2.  If your dog is held in the pound, it will cost you $1 in addition to the tax.  It is cheaper to pay up now and avoid trouble later on.
    • Mrs. M. Callie Armstrong offers electric and vibratory massage treatments, electric light treatments, and medicated soaks.  Armstrong, a trained nurse, supervises all sessions.  $1.55 per 20-minute stint.  Recommended by physicians.  Armstrong is located at 200-B Forest avenue, Pacific Grove.
    • Keep your feet clean on a doormat purchased at Culp Bros.  Victoria Smyrna door rug, weighs 8 pounds.  Pictures a dog barking at a disinterested lion, a peacock looking on, and a surrounding forest of trees and flowers.  $4.99.  We recommend this mat one hundred percent.
    • Enjoy delicious home cooking with your room.  Mrs. Young’s Boarding House is conveniently located at 134 Grand avenue.  $5.75 weekly.
    • Order your meat from Wood Bros in Monterey.  Plump plucked and gutted chickens on sale at 10¢ a pound.  Call Main 571.  We deliver.
    • The Del Monte Townsite Co. will sell you a lot for just $10.  These lots are located in blocks 3 and 4 of Del Monte Heights.  Come take a look.  Coffee and fried cakes are always on the house.
    • Serra Building Co, the all-around builders and contractors, is “giving away” sacks of wood chips, excellent for kindling, at 5¢ a sack.  Also, pine saw dust available at 25¢ a sack.  Serra Building says that satisfied customers are never born, they are always made.

    Author’s Notes

    1. The small group of nay-sayers, the so-called socialists, were more like enthusiasts struggling over the cement contract.  They opposed the building of a wharf because of the capitalistic opportunities presented to someone else, particularly in the cement-supply business.
    2. In the era of one-film showings, does this sound like a heavy load of pictures?  Well, remember that each film lasted only 10 to 15 minutes and a few minutes between each showing were required to change reels.  A pianist generally performed during and between films.  Thomas Edison, who had earlier decreed that no film require more than ten minutes for showing, was largely responsible for the shortness of presentations.
    3. The Elks of Salinas (Lodge 614) were helping populate a new lodge in Monterey.  The trip from Salinas was by way of an auto mobile caravan.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 28, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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