• Hats, 3/11/11

    Train Improvement group gathers
    Dissatisfaction is seeping into the Grove.
    Those among Grovians who need to travel are expressing deep concern with the services extended by the Southern Pacific railroad. Included among their complaints are late or missing train arrivals and departures, unclean cars, rising fares, and uncomfortable seating.
    James Harper, Postmaster, who attended the gathering, said that transportation inadequacies were making it difficult to handle the Grove’s mail in an appropriate and timely manner.
    Southern Pacific Passenger Supervisor E. Schillingsburg traveled here from San Francisco to meet with a committee of dissidents. Schillingsburg said that he was at a loss to understand exactly what was causing the problems, but that they would be looked into as soon as possible. The committee agreed to put off further protests until Schillingsburg’s report is received.

    Trustees meet
    Pacific Grove’s Board of Trustees met in adjourned session on Monday evening with all members present except Trustee Berwick.
    The clerk read a communication from Inspector Birks stating that the portion of the city west of the Southern Pacific tracks is infested with rats and ground squirrels, and that these pests must be exterminated. The trustees agreed.
    E. S. Johnston also read a communication from Trustee Berwick in which it was stated that I. D. Norton is preparing a brief plan for a surface-water drain for Fifteenth street and that he is in favor of this for storm water dispersal.
    A communication from H. E. Van Horn, who formerly conducted business as the Grove Laundry, was read. Van Horn asked that he and his bondsman be relieved from further responsibility in regard to the waterway leading to the laundry. The trustees agreed, and planned to make inquiries of the new owner.
    L. H. Peterson was present and asked that the Board reimburse him for the repairs made on the Pavilion rink, the amount being $185.65. Request approved.
    Trustee Oyer reported that the Wood brothers and Hugo Futterer of Monterey are coming to the Grove with their wagons and soliciting trade. It was decided that these gentlemen must either take out a Grove license or stop doing business here.

    Notice to redeem
    E. C. Smith wishes to advise Dorothy Watson that certain property situated in Pacific Grove was sold to him for delinquent taxes for the year 1909 by the county tax collector E. B. Rich. The sum involved was $12.01. Be it now known that the opportunity to redeem said property is extended by Smith to Miss Watson until the 26th day of April, 1911. The amount must be paid in cash, as well as all required fees and fines.

    Treble Clef Club to sing
    The date has been set for the high-class concert by the Treble Clef Club. It will be given on Monday evening, April 3, in the Civic Club hall. This should be an event well attended by the music-loving public. The music to be presented will be composed of high-class sacred music suitable to the Easter season.
    Miss Edith Pickering, the talented soprano of the Presidio of Monterey, has kindly consented to assist the club. Her selections will add greatly to the enjoyment of the program. Her featured selection will be Gallia, a motet by Gounod. I
    Tickets are now on sale for the concert and everyone should assist the club by purchasing one of more.

    Travel advisory
    Roads between here and Gilroy are so rough as to be almost impassable, and the bridge is gone between Sargents and Gilroy For those requiring passage to Gilroy, the railroad is suggested. II

    Middle West in grip of a blizzard
    For those in awe of the periods of cold, high wind, and rain pestering Pacific Grove for the past few weeks, be in sympathy for the Middle West. Heavy snow has caused considerable damage. Roads are blocked. The railroad east to Philadelphia and New York is blocked and impassable. Lines north are also cut off.

    Notes from around the area…
    • The Neal System is the very best way to unload yourself of a drinking habit. With Neal (San Francisco) the control of booze over you will be broken in a mere three days at a very reasonable cost.
    • The Monterey-Pacific Grove BPOE will meet Tuesday evening, 7 pm, at the Scobie Hall on the corner of 17th and Lighthouse, to discuss organization. III
    • The funeral of the late Mrs. Hannah Moren will be held at the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon, 2 o’clock. Rev. Leslie Burwell is to be the officiating clergyman.

    The cost of living…
    • Blue Ribbon Creamery Butter from F. J. Wyeth, Grocer. 35¢ by the pound.
    • Phillips & Lawrey, a hardware where you can find paints, oils, and wallpaper. Police lanterns with a 3-inch bulls eye, $1.15.
    • Sporting goods at Holman’s store. The highest grade smokeless powder, $3.15 for five-pound bag. Clay pigeons for skeet shooting, $2 per box of 500. Live target-bird releases and live birds also available. IV

    Author’s Notes
    I. A motet is a highly varied choral musical composition. Charles-François Gounod (1818 – 1893), a French music master, was best known for Ave Maria.
    II. The weather in 1911 was very much like the weather in 2011. Notice the news item that follows above about the heavy snow storm that occurred back east.
    III. The Pacific Grove Elks Lodge failed. Monterey Elks Lodge was formed a year later, in 1912, with a core of 26 Elks transferred from the Salinas lodge. The Monterey Elks first met at the Del Monte Hotel.
    IV. The Humane Society would have paled to learn that live birds were being sold for skeet shooting and target practice.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 11, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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