• Hats, 1/23/15

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    Work grabs Studebaker
    The T. A Work company has announced its appointment as the local Studebaker auto mobile representative. Having marketed for years wagons manufactured by the five Studebaker (originally Studebeker) brothers, Work says that it is proud to carry on the wagon’s tradition with the auto mobile. Earlier Studebaker customers could choose from among horse-pulled sulkies, broughams, clarences1, runabouts2, and Queen Victorians.3 For $20,000 there was an elegant four-in-hand4 for transporting up to a dozen riders. The four-in-hand boasted red double-wheels, gold-plated lamps, and silver trim. Travelers should note that the two monoliths5 at the entrance to the Studebaker Company are cited as the largest in the nation. The new Studebaker will cost $1,250 with a straight eight engine and posh interior. Work points out that the Studebaker auto mobile features a left-hand control system, which many modern auto mobiles fail to have. Get good driving distance with a twelve gallon tank. Built-in monometers. Wood spoke wheels. You are invited to stop by the Work Company to see their new product. Appointments may be made to test drive the popular Studebaker.6

    Campaign to make railroads safer
    In an effort to protect the passengers on and workers of railroads, a special safety committee has been formed. Although both passenger and worker safety is being considered, the problem is said to have been caused primarily by the advent of the auto mobile. A number of accidents have resulted in an auto mobile driver trying to beat a train to an intersection. Getting stuck while crossing tracks has also contributed. Workers have also contributed to accidents, principally by not being familiar with hand signals commonly in use. Trespassing on railroad property can be dangerous. Southern Pacific is serving as the chair of this year’s confab. San Luis Obispo is being considered as the meeting site.

    Action in Mexico demanded, Panama Order cited
    A sizable contingency of American citizens has been met at the border of El Paso- Juarez and escorted into their home nation. Armed forces bearing weapons offered protection. All returning citizens complained about their treatment, including starvation, at the hands of Mexicans. The Order of Panama, issued by the United States and South American allies, demands repatriation and good treatment. A sizable number of Americans have signed a petition requesting that their government take action in Mexico. The Department of the Amy responded by saying that invasion equipment and materiél were being purchased and shipped to the U. S. Depot near El Paso. The navy has ships stationed off the western coast of Mexico.

    Autoists, beware!
    It is given out that state directives relating to auto mobile ownership are increasingly becoming a nuisance. People are actually being fined or jailed by police for violating such laws. For instance, auto mobiles must now carry state-issued plates and owners are prohibited from crafting their own. Also, a speed limit of 20 MPH exists virtually everywhere. And no one may now drive an auto mobile without a state-issued license. Turn-a-rounds in the middle of a block are precluded. Races may not be conducted except off roads. The Review suggests that if the state paid as much attention to building and repairing roads as to passing new laws, we might all have a smoother ride. Word has it that an auto mobile club from the Hollister area is planning a rally to protest the new laws. Perhaps same should be considered here.

    Who is at fault?

    Although widely scoffed by people in agriculture, the State of California intends to establish a commission to investigate possible damage being done to our eco-system. A supportive legislator has warned that heavy irrigation, for instance, may eventually deprive the state of water. Another said that talk was not enough. If there is a problem, something must be done.

    Side track
    Tidbits from here and there…
    Mrs. Seth Thomas is again occupying a cottage in the Grove. She previously had been living in the Carmel Valley, but found transportation too difficult. Perhaps Mrs. Thomas should ask the Work Company to show her a new Studebaker.
    Mrs. Fred W. Wyeth is visiting her husband in Fremont, where Fred lives.
    Rexall winter tonics can be obtained from Long & Gretters Drug Store.
    Mr. V. W. Grimes is in San Diego attending the annual conference of the Grand Army of the Republic.
    Signal that you intend a left turn by sticking your arm straight out.

    And the cost is …

    • Stay warm this winter. Buy coal for $13 a ton, delivered. Pacific Improvement Company.
    • Elegant travel to New Orleans via Los Angeles. Fifteen days available to complete travel. $70 round. Special price in effect until October 31, 1915. Southern Pacific.
    • Reduction in price. The Edison Mazda lamp offers three times the illumination as oil lamps. 100 watt bulb. 70¢. No sockets? We’ll install free with one year service contract. Coast Valley Gas & Electric.
    • Patronize Culp Bros. on Lighthouse. Bird houses on poles, $1.25 each.

    Author notes …
    1. The clarence was a closed four wheeler with space for four passengers inside and an outside seat for the driver.
    2. A light carriage pulled by a single horse. Scarcely more than a frame mounted on two wheels.
    3. A Studebaker name honoring the Queen of England. The Studebaker family originally came here from Europe.
    4. A four-in-hand was so called because four horses could be guided with the reins held in one hand.
    5. These monoliths were polished marble blocks.
    6. The famous Budweiser Beer wagon, pulled by a team of manicured Clydesdales, is a restored Studebaker.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 23, 2015

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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