• High Hats & Parasols, 9/5/13

    by Jon Guthrie

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    Not mysticism
    Grovian Mrs. G. Madison’s new-found interest in the psychology and esoteric influence of colors was recently gratified when her husband at long last admitted that there might be something to his wife’s theories after all. “How else can one account for subtle changes in attitude?” Mr. Madison admitted. Mrs. Madison noted that now she is attempting to identify the mental effect of each color, no easy task when one considers that there are, say, ten distinct shades of gray. Mrs. Madison promises to  release the results of her study first to Pacific Grove.  The Grove may then become the most cheerful town anywhere.

    Methuselahs’s record threatened
    Government statistics, just released, indicate that human beings are living longer than in the past, according to Youth’s Companion. Better dietary habits and Improved health care are at the top of the “why” list. The next issue of the popular, family magazine will offer suggestions for improving health … including increased exercise. Tennis, anyone?

    Photographs can now be finished.
    In this age of technical miracles, it still seems wondrous to know that one can now have picture films mailed in to be processed at a Kodak Laboratory and returned within two week’s time. Then memories of your vacation trip or birthday party can be renewed for years. Your films ought to be sent in for processing as soon after shooting as possible to avoid losing images’ clarity. Store your finished photographs in a dark location when not being viewed. You can order replacement film from Kodak by sending in payment with your film processing order.  Yes, it is all most amazing.

    Professor excells
    Professor W. H. Head gave an interesting interpretation of Esmeralda, the story written by Mrs. Frances Hodgkin Burnett, before the Chautauqua assembly this week. It was generally agreed that the presentation excelled and could not be surpassed. For Professor Head, accolades are not unusual. Last week Head gave a rendition of Pilgrim’s Progress that could not have been better. Head is a past master of oral readings!

    Notice to animal owners
    The Monterey County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wishes to pass along a warning to all people having charge of animals of any sort. They will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if any verified complaints of abuse, cruelty, or neglect are received. Should you be aware of same, please notify the SPCA. This includes keepers of horses, mules, or pets.

    Thieves beware
    To the thieves who stole the bureau from the porch of the residence of George E. Hart: I know who you are! You will be given until the 17th day of September to return the purloined bureau to the porch, without being questioned, or face the severest prosecution.

    Death in New Monterey
    Mr. F. O’Conner, who resided in New Monterey and was the proprietor of the nearby Mineral Wells, died in New Monterey this past Saturday night. O’Conner had been suffering a lingering illness. Mrs. O’Conner, who has recently been residing in New York, has been notified of the passing. She is said to now be on the way here. Mrs. O’Connor pledged to continue operating the popular Mineral Wells. Arrangements will be announced as quickly as they can be made. Visitations are welcomed in the parlor of Paul funeral home.

    Rescued from fishing trip
    A small group of young men from the Grove went down the coast this past weekend. Their purpose was to get in some camping, swimming, and fishing. Alas, a sudden rockfall blocked exodus from their camping area, preventing the young mens’ return home. Next morning, however, J. D. Olio, captain of a fishing boat, heard the cries for help. Using a dingy, Olio was able to get the party aboard his ship. All were safely returned home. One of the adventurers said he was happy the rockfall happened where it did. Just a bit south and it would have “wiped us all out!”

    Concert coming
    A concert commemorating opening of the new bathhouse and spa will be performed this weekend. Among the selections to be heard: “Washington Grays” by Grafella; “Concert Waltz” by Mustol; And, appropriately enough, the “Old Home Town”. Saturday afternoon at two. Lovers Point. Bring chairs, blankets, and food baskets.

    Side track (tidbits from here and there)
    Don’t worry, the Pacific Grove Hotel stays open all the year. This is more for the benefit of the Grove than for profit. The owners are consequentially soliciting increased patronage by all. Daily plus holiday and Sunday lunch and dinners.  Fifty cents for lunch and seventy five cents for dinner. Stay the night for from $2.50 to $4.00. Stop by and inspect our house. Then you will recommend us to all your friends. J. W. Foster, asst manager.
    During September, the Western Pacific is offering very special travel rates. Visit Denver for $36. Layovers allowed.
    Millwork and building material from Union Supply company. Douglas, white fir, spruce, sugar, pine, and redwood lumber. Free delivery.
    The Pacific Grove Athletic association meets regularly the second Wednesday of each month. Scoble hall. Five p.m.
    S. L. Fritze of the Wells Faro in Pacific Grove offers property for exchange or sale. Many great cottages. Terms available. 

    And the cost is…
    Kellog’s ant poison. Fifty-five cents by the pint. Culp Bros. on Lighthouse avenue.
    Improve your vision with spectacles from Hare-Harkins optical company. Fast and easy. $2.50, exam included.
    Get your will drawn up at H. G. Jurgensen . Only 50 cents per page.
    Fresh scallions at Currow & Currow, the best place to shop. Ten cents for three bundles.
    In San Francisco, stay at the Hotel Courage. $1.50 per night. Modern, fireproof building.  J. W. Flannery, manager.
    The fall stocks of wallpapers have just arrived. Guaranteed not to fade. Come in and look over our samples. Starting at 50 cents a roll. A. A. Phillips, 174 Forest Avenue.

    Author’s notes…
    1. Youth’s Companion, had started as reading for young men. Having fallen on hard times, the magazine was changing to a “family” read.
    2. And, nearly a century later, digital photography enters the scene.
    3. “oral reading” is today called “oral interpretation”.
    4. This was a type-o of 100 years ago. “Sugar, pine” should have read “sugar pine”.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 5, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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