• Hats, 2/11/11

    The News … from 1911.

    The man with the bird voice to appear
    The Chautauqua Institute of this season has been notified that Charles Kellogg, the man with the bird voice, has agreed to appear at this year’s assembly. The Boston Transcript calls Kellogg “remarkable” and the San Francisco Examiner has dubbed him “unique”.
    This will probably be the most attractive single feature of the Assembly. Mr. Kellogg has given more that 3,000 lectures in the United States, Canada, and England. In Boston alone, the Board of Education arranged for Mr. Kellogg to offer 87 lectures.
    Mr. Kellogg is the only human being with the power to sing with the voice of a bird. The bird singer also has the power to extinguish a candle flame with his voice and the power to communicate with creatures by inaudible sound.
    The famed Kellogg will be coming to the Grove after he concludes a tour of the Orpheum Circuit in Los Angeles where J. H. Francis, superintendent of schools, closed the body of schools so that all students and teachers might attend the Kellogg lecture. I

    Learn more about suffrage
    Miss Janice Wood is scheduled to be the informative speaker at the Woman’s Club session planned for Thursday next. Miss Wood intends to cover a review of equal suffrage to date.

    Chautauqua events expected to fill
    Pacific Grove, which is advertised as Chautauqua-by-the-sea, attracts visitors from nearby and faraway every year. The Southern Pacific is planning special trains to bring people from Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and other locations. Private yachts are expected to tie-up loaded with excited folks chatting and laughing.
    This year’s programs may attract one of the largest crowds since 1886, which numbered a total of 1,600 people. At the top of everyone’s lists are the stereopticon entertainments. Also planned are natural history, art, and flora talks and exhibits. Dr. F. V. Fisher will again lecture. His presentation is entirely new for this year and includes peerless moving pictures and slides. The excellence of his work makes him doubly welcome. II
    The cost for attending all Chautauqua events is $2.50. III

    Museum to set up “cabinets of curiosities”
    The Grove’s Museum of Natural History is well-known for sponsoring exhibits and lectures, but now re-organization is moving to the forefront. The board of directors has agreed to arrange its more than 2,000 specimens into “cabinets of curiosities”, which can be viewed at the leisure of visitors. Duplicate specimens will be donated to a natural history museum in the San Francisco area which is still recovering from the earthquake of 1906. IV

    Notes from around the area…

    • B. M. Childs will be delivering fresh fruits and vegetables right to your front door as soon as the season breaks.

    • Mrs. Fred J. Fox has opened dual real estate offices in Pacific Grove and San Francisco. Fox Real Estate specializes in cottages for sale or rent. Properties will be cared for in the absence of the owner and details such as taxes and insur- ance will be tended.

    • The Central Market has expanded to include an up-to-date butchery that is sanitary in all respects. Fresh meat and fish are offered daily at 584 Lighthouse. Ask to be connected with 418 W.

    • Can’t afford to buy? Mr. W. A. Gerdes has a fine, large auto to hire. This is the finest car in Pacific Grove and it costs you less to ride in the auto mobile than it would to ride in your own. The stand is in front of Gretter’s Drug Store. Phone Red 526.

    The cost of living…
    • Come to P. C. Gallup’s East Side Cash Grocery in the Grove at the corner of Lighthouse and 15th and pick up a pound sack of Mexican coffee for just 35¢. V

    • J. K. Paul is pleased to offer second-hand furniture from his store at 562 Light- house. He is presently offering a kitchen table and chairs for $3. Need paint. Paul also stocks used linoleum, carpets, mattings, and bedding. Telephone 401 W.

    • Roy Wright has stocked his store at 586 Lighthouse with the finest in velocipedes and bicycles, brightly colored. Prices start at $19.

    • Charles Barker is selling rolled barley. Pick up your sack soon. 50 pounds 95¢. 75 pounds $1.15.

    • Monterey Bay Real Estate invites you to inspect a two-room cottage near the sea. A bargain at $4 monthly.

    Author’s Notes
    I. Charles Kellogg (1868-1949) entertained principally in American vaudeville by performing bird songs. He also appeared at schools and later in life became an advocate for the protection of the redwood forests. He was born in California and grew up in the 1870s observing the animals and birds of the forests. Kellogg later constructed a mobile home by installing an engine and car parts in a hollowed redwood log which he called the “Travel Log”. He drove his tree around the country to raise awareness of the plight of the California forests.
    II. A stereopticon is a slide projector, popularly called a magic lantern, which has two lenses usually one above the other. These devices provided popular educational entertainment at the turn of the century. American brothers William and Frederick Langenheim first presented stereopticon slide shows of projected photographs on glass in 1850.
    III. By 1911, the Chautauqua Institute, organized by study groups, had risen to the height of its glory. The advent of radio, however, shoved the summer sessions against the ropes. Within two decades, the Chautauqua closed; Its last summer stand—a wake really—came in 1926. Only the Feast of Lanterns, traditionally the closing Chautauqua event, survives in Pacific Grove, though there are Chautauqua events to this day in other states.
    IV. Earlier efforts to organize the museum’s holdings had been initiated by Miss Mary Norton in 1899. These later efforts to re-organize focused on indigenous life forms, such as shells and sea mosses, associated with the sea and bay.
    V. Coffee production in Mexico was expanding in the late 1800s. By 1911, Mexican coffee producers were following the lead of Folgers “Golden Gate” brand in promoting to new markets. One of the most popular coffee beans produced in Mexico was Pluma Coixtepec. Today, Mexico is the world’s fifth largest coffee grower.

    Please note! Readers are advised that the 1911 prices quoted herein are no longer valid, nor are these items / properties available from the mentioned seller. The Cedar Street Times appreciates the callers who have attempted to advantage themselves of these 1911 values, but we can be of no help.

    Know some news or trivia from 1911? Contact the author Jon Guthrie: profguthrie@gmail.com.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 11, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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