• Hats, 2/18/11

    The News … from 1911.

    Claim your mail, please
    Postmaster James Harper has advised the editor of this newspaper that he is holding quite a number of unclaimed letters. Among the oldest are letters addressed to Mrs. McPinoll, Mrs. W. E. Parrish, and Miss Myrtle Parrish. I

    Bogus bills flood area
    The constables of several communities have issued a warning to all shopkeepers and hotel men to scrutinize closely all bank notes of the denomination of $10 before accepting them. Harry Moffitt, operator in charge of the San Francisco branch of the United States Secret Service, is keeping a lookout for the gang of men who are passing spurious money. These brigands have moved northward from California’s southern climes, through Los Angeles, and are now beginning to work the peninsula. It is thought that probably San Francisco and adjacent cities will be next on the list for the distribution of this phony money.
    The bills are faded in color, their backs being a lighter shade of green than those of the genuine items. The lathe work is described as poor. Instead of being engraved on both sides of one piece of paper, the bills are composed of two pieces stuck back to back. The silk fiber in the genuine bills is imitated by inserting shreds of silk between the two halves of the bogus notes. The paper is not of excellent quality.
    Moffitt suggests that refusals to accept $10 notes might be the best course for the duration. II

    Borunda art on display
    Calling himself a plein air painter, Lester Borunda, who began settling in the Grove more than a year ago, has now said that he is ready with his first exhibition. Some of his pieces hang in the lobby of the Del Monte Hotel, Paul Elder’s Art Gallery, and Rabjohn and Morcom’s gallery, and more can be viewed at the Borunda studio located at 214 Chestnut street. Borunda specializes in scenes from the Grove as well as from Monterey and Carmel. Among the most interesting of his pieces are those of old adobes painted in gray and silver. His miniatures also attract much attention. Plan Saturday to attend the artist’s reception anytime between 2 and 6.

    Facts about your Sunday school
    The largest organization on earth is the Sunday school.
    Sunday school can brag of more than twenty-six million members to be found in every nation. As a matter of fact, every state in the United States and every province in Canada is elaborately organized for Sunday school work so that the most remote cross-roads school is brought into touch with the large organizations. Every one of the 206 Protestant denominations, as well as some of Roman Catholic parishes, contain
    Sunday schools with participants ranging from infants to the elderly: all study weekly. Their lessons are prepared by committees of eminent scholars. The members of the Sunday school provide ideas and assistance.
    For all who presently attend Sunday school, this newspaper extends its congratulations. For those who do not, why not select a Sunday school to try this weekend. You might find that you like it. III

    Miss Cornelia Perry entertains children
    Last Friday, children from the Grove gathered in the afternoon from 3 until 5 in the home of Mrs. Ernestine Davis. They proved to be a jolly band as they were entertained by the antics of Miss Cornelia Perry. Visiting children were also delighted with ice cream, cookies, fruit, and pink lemonade.
    Part of the afternoon’s entertainment consisted of story-telling by Miss Perry who was once Mrs. Davis’ teacher. Music and games added to the fun.
    Those participating were Irene Grant, Leola White, Hazel White, George Culp, Helen Barbour, Leroy Todd, Leslie Todd, Ruth Gibson, Jessie Leslie, Lettie Kidd, Jessie Harper, George Davis, Jim Davis, and Billie Jones.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Guests coming this spring or summer? Pacific Grove Hotel offers the very best lodging that you can provide.

    • Do not forget the organ recital to be performed Saturday evening by Prof. Louis King of King’s Conservatory of Music, San Jose. This will be a rare musical treat that you cannot afford to miss. Prof King is registered at the Del Mar, where he will welcome those who wish to call.

    • The Pacific Grove bath house will be open every day following the first of the month.

    • The El Bethel Mission will host preaching and praise services on Sunday after- noon beginning at 3 o’clock.

    • Johnston Bros & Campbell Store promises good goods, not to mention full weight.

    • Monterey Real Estate has a number of Grove lots for sale at less than 1⁄2 the true value. We promise it will pay you to investigate.

    The cost of living…

    • Need financial help? Have a job? Loans available from C. R. Harris at a mere 4.5%.

    • J. A. Pell offers complete funerary services from body pick-up to burial. Em- balming and funeral included. Complimentary use of parlor for viewing, or view in the home of the deceased. $13.50.

    • Is your cooking stove cold for lack of wood? Tim McCullough will deliver a cord of pine for $2.50. Dry oak runs $6.50 a cord.

    • Beardsley Groceries has purchased a quantity of fresh-canned fruits from Mexi- can markets. 15¢.

    Author’s Notes
    I. The practice of the post office holding mail addressed only to someone in a particular community proved to be the forerunner of “General Delivery”.
    II. With more than 1/3 of the nation’s currency being counterfeit, a worried President Abraham Lincoln asked Congress to form an agency to deal with the trend. Later called the United States Secret Service, this agency was also asked to guard Presidents after the assassination of William McKinley. During the late 1800s and early 1900s the nation was still awash in counterfeit money, often clumsily forged. In 1920, the Secret Service began organizing to take better and more aggressive steps in sidetracking counterfeiters.
    III. The journalistic emphasis on Sunday schools was prompted by an attempt to organize schools of every denomination into a worldwide union. Several national meetings were held, one in San Francisco, but inter-denominational squabbling about what would and would-not be taught squashed the effort.

    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 18, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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