• Hats, 11/21/14

    Main line
    State militia preparing for war
    Instructions for mobilization that lack only the “where and when” elements were received yesterday by troops of the Fifth California Infantry of the Peninsula area. The orders were issued state wide through Adjutant General E. A. Forbe’s office in Sacramento. All national guard units of California are included in the order up. These edicts are probably being issued by the adjutant generals of every state in the union. Only the mediation efforts by a conglomerate of South American nations have staved off an invasion of Mexico thus far.
    The local companies have been issued instructions for packing and for transport. These troops are ordered to immediately present themselves for a physical examination by medical personnel. They will then be made a part of the regular United States military, under California command. Supplies to accompany the men are being laid in.
    As indicated, these mobilization orders include everything but the final order to move. Local officers claim that this is expected any day.
    Major L. M. Farrell, commander of the first battalion of the fifth California infantry, of which our local companies are members, explained the details of mobilization. Let’s go orders will be sent by telegram to each involved unit across the state. After the telegrams are sent, our citizen-soldiers will be allowed two or three days to get their affairs in final order. A few days of drill and military instruction will follow. Our troops will then assemble in San Francisco at the armory located on South Market street. Other units will assemble in Sacramento at a tent city being set up at the state fair grounds. A total of 1,000 men are expected. All will be housed in camp locations while awaiting their removals … which will most likely be by train or by sailing ship. These kind of orders are kept secret for security reasons.
    General Robert Warkowski is in command of the California state militia. Colonel David Smith of Oakland is in command of our local contingency.
    The adjutant general’s office has announced that recruitment is open. All appropriate equipment and clothing will be immediately issued to newcomers, as will initial training. 1

    New drug store in town
    Mrs. B. L. Hollenbeck has rented her property located at the corner of Lighthouse and Forest to Mr. Ben Catlett, who plans to operate a drug store at that location. Mr. Catlett previously lived in Sacramento. Mr. S. J. Tice is handling the arrangements.

    Year’s crop conditions
    Reports just issued by the United States Department of Agriculture indicate the 1914 yield will surpass all previous records. Wheat, for instance, is expected to exceed 200,000 bushels. Rye is expected to break the 100,000 bushels mark. Hay, taken from meadowlands, is expected to better 86,000 bales. Corn, estimate unknown, is expected to also be replete.

    Holding a conference?
    The Asilomar Y.W.C.A. advertises itself as being delightfully located among the pines trees and the sand dunes of the Monterey Bay Peninsula, not far by omnibus from the world-famed Del Monte lodge. It is bounded on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the 17 Mile Drive passage. The Grand Meeting Hall is warmed by a massive fireplace, even though the mean temperature falls between 55˳ degrees and 75 degrees, Fahrenheit. A pair of specious classrooms are available. A small store offers daily papers, beverages, and goodies. Nearby sites of interest include: Carmel-by-the- sea, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Lovers Point, Point Lobos, the Presidio of Monterey, the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and the Fifty Miles Drive.1 Asilomar combines the charm of seclusion with the pleasure of being near other Peninsula highlights and activities. Its site contains thirty acres, very near the beach. It is an ideal, scenic location for large conferences.
    Next year the national Y. W. C. A. will hold its conference August 4 – 11. Additional dates already taken include July 3rd through July 12th (Missionary Education Movement), July 14th through 27th (Institute Training School), August 1 through August 13th ( Student’s Convention). Other dates are available. Be prompt with reservations. Contact Asilomar at Pacific Grove. This conference center is owned and controlled by the National Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association.

    Side track – Tidbits from here and there

    • A seven-room house with gas, electricity, and indoor bathing-toilet facilities is being offered for sale or for trade. Raw Farm acreage is acceptable. Questions or offers should be addressed to P. O. Box 84, Pacific Grove.
    • The Club of Federated Women of Pacific Grove will meet Tuesday evening, next, beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the civic club house.
    • The Cypress Rebekah Lodge meets the second Tuesday of each month. This notice posted by Miss Judy Bigger, secy.
    • El Bethel Peaching and Praise Mission meets Sundays at the Civic Club, 2 pm.
    • The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will be open from 9 am until 2 pm, daily, during the winter season.

    And the cost is …

    • Don’t pay exorbitant prices. Try a Domestic Sewing Machine for 30 days at a cost of $1. We pay shipping. If you like it, buy it for $54 additional. Easy terms available. Contact Domestic, Spokane, Washington.
    • Editor Wallace Brown invites you to try the Review for 3 months for just 40¢. Delivered every day except Sundays. 2
    • The Civic Club House can be rented for the entire day for just $6. Contact Mrs. J. L. Pell.

    Author notes …
    1. Trouble with Mexico lasted another 6 years although war was avoided.
    2. The Fifty Miles Drive was a new San Francisco feature.
    3. Home deliveries by boys on bicycles were just getting under way. Your author worked such a newspaper route during the early 1950s.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 21, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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