• Hats, 4/15/11

    Jacks property sold to Seymour Montgomery
    A deed was recorded this week transferring valuable business property on First Street from David Jacks Corporation to Mr. Seymour Montgomery. The property was described as being 69 running feet of frontage by 125 feet deep. The purchase price and details were not revealed. I
    Concerning the deal, Mr. Montgomery said: “Business property looks very attrac- tive to me. With the Pacific Grove-Monterey-Salinas street railroad finally agreed upon to the satisfaction of everybody, who could be in a better position to profit than those prepared to act commercially.” II

    Dairy barn looted
    Vandals picked a dairy barn to loot this past weekend. Entry was gained by cutting a lock from the main door. Once inside, the burglars completely stripped a large, ten- horse power, Economy engine of its brass and copper fittings. The oil cups, governor, and other parts were also removed from the machine and taken, most likely for resale. The thieves also used heavy hammers to create damage around the barn that will cost more than $100 to repair. About 30 pounds of metal was also stolen.
    The burglary was committed Saturday night. The owner had visited his barn Saturday afternoon, finding everything in order, but when he returned Sunday morning things were amiss.

    Telephones and telegrams joined
    Users of telephones need no longer venture in person to the nearest Western Union Telegraph Company office to send or pick up wired messages. The telegraph company in cooperation with Pacific Telephone Company have developed a system by which the patrons of the two firms may send or receive a wire right at home … providing, of course, that the party is a subscriber to Pacific Telephone Company services. Toll charges for sent telegrams will be added to the customer’s telephone bill. Incoming messages are free. Users of the new system may rest assured that messages will receive the same consideration as messages presented at the Western Union Telegraph Company office. III

    Jensen died by own hand
    The coroner’s investigation into the passing of James P. Jensen of the Grove, who was declared dead upon the steps of the residence of his step-daughter, Mrs. Edward Kline, on the night of Monday, February 6, was concluded Monday night past. The jury found that Jensen had committed suicide while despondent. Jensen’s brothers of the BPOE confirmed his maudlin condition. The cause of death was detailed as ingestion of strychnine.
    Mrs. Kline testified that when she responded to a knock at her front door, she found Jensen outside. The man, who was in an intoxicated condition, asked for Mrs. Jensen, his wife, who had been staying with Mrs. Kline. He was told that his wife did not wish to see him until he was sober. Jensen replied that would be too late as he would be dead in a few minutes.
    Twenty minutes later, Mrs. Kline again came to the door to see what was what. She found Jensen lying outside, moaning. An empty bottle of strychnine was beside the man.
    The physician who was summoned testified that upon arrival, he found Jensen partly unconscious but twitching in a fashion common to strychnine poisoning. The victim died soon after the physician’s arrival. The chemist who later analyzed the contents of Jensen’s stomach discovered six grains of strychnine, more than enough to cause death. IV

    Notes from around the area…

    • Library hours changed. Because of the money crunch, the public library will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 pm on week days and again from 7 to 8:30 pm eve- nings. Saturday hours are from 7 until 9 pm. Closed Sundays.
    • The nearly unbeatable boys from Pacific Grove’s high school basketball team are set to play the boys from Monterey this Saturday. The game will be played in the Pacific Grove high school gymnasium.
    • The Junior Loyal Temperance Legion gave a box-lunch social on Wednesday afternoon. There were 23 members present and 11 visitors. $2.40 was earned from the sale of lunch boxes.
    • Professor J. A. Metzler of the Pacific Grove public schools is prepared to of- fer a public lecture about our former Presidents Lincoln and Washington this Saturday evening. In a short sketch of each life, Metzler will point out many uncanny similarities. The presentation will take place at Work Hall beginning at 7:30. Presented by the Chautauqua committee. 10¢.

    The cost of living…

    • I must sell 12 1⁄2 acres of fine vegetable land located in Vista Del Rey. I will sell at a price that will suit the times. If a substantial payment is made, I will give reasonable terms on deferred payments at 6 percent interest net. Call me and see if you are interested. Phone Red 351 in Pacific Grove.
    • Let the good times roll! The Monterey Theater is presenting a fine bill of vaudeville this week. A few moving-film shorts will be factored into the live show. 25¢ per orchestra seat. 15¢ for rear seating. 5¢ for standing section

    Author’s Notes
    1. Hirsute and balding, the rather rotund David Jacks suffered from a reputation of varied ilk. A Scots immigrant, Jacks had earned a profit of just over $4,000 dealing in armaments and parleyed that amount into an enormous fortune that included a few thousand acres of land gained (pilfered, some say) from the City of Monterey. Jacks also favored selling small parcels of land for a modest amount down, but then snatched the land back if payment was even ten minutes late. Montgomery’s purchase may have been safe, however, as it was made from a corporation; David Jacks had died two years earlier, in 1909. During his life, Jacks contributed land to found Pacific Grove and donated generously to several schools, particularly the University of the Pacific. The land for Monterey’s Jacks Peak Park came from David Jacks’ vast array of holdings.
    2. The Salinas-Monterey-Pacific Grove line was a narrow-gauge service intended to compete with Southern Pacific for passengers and small freight.
    3. Many telephone users were not subscribers to the Pacific Telephone Company system because individual (independent) collectives were myriad in number. The hookup with Western Union was an attempt to contract an increased number of subscribers.
    4. Strychnine poisoning usually occurred after ingestion of baits designed for use against animals such as gophers, moles, and coyotes.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 15, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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