• Hats, 4/8/11

    Grovian dies in auto mobile accident
    Arthur H. “Dixie” Dale, who spent part of his time in the Grove living in a cottage he owned on Park street just above Pine avenue, suffered a horrendous auto mobile accident that cost the 29 years old man his life.
    According to the Merced Sun, Dixie was proceeding to cross the Merced River, driving his newly-purchased Daimler Phoenix, on a country bridge when several spans gave out. The bridge had been weakened by the recent rains that had left the river a’swirl. Dixie’s vehicle was thrown from the bridge and Dixie was tossed out. He died later that evening from injuries sustained during the accident. I
    Dixie had become recently active in trying in Pacific Grove to establish a lodge of the BPOE, also known as the Elks, as a secret society. Members of Elks organiza- tions from various lodges around the area including Salinas, Fresno, and San Francisco participated in the funeral in Merced, during which eleven tolls of a bell were heard, and then traveled with the casket by train to San Francisco where final burial occurred. The attending Elks were J. Egan, F. Nolan, E. Gundolfinger, J. McKay, E. Warner, W. Hardy, L. Neil, E. Rahill, P. Loinaz, J. Jones, F. Huntzicker, G. Burwell, G. Babcock, C. Staples, W. Ockenden, W. Boyd, R. Thrane, E. Speare, L. McPhetridge, L. Brackett, and A. Lines. II
    Dixie is survived by his mother, Mrs. F. H. Dale.

    Furor over U. S. Post Office change
    Public opinion still runs counter to government orders that mail not be delivered to homes on Sundays, in compliance with instructions from the United States Postmaster General. All postal offices must close one day weekly. The delivery of mail from car- rier’s cases on Sunday will be discontinued.
    The exception to the ruling allows that the General Delivery window be open from 12:30 to 1:00 pm each Sunday for the exclusive accommodation of the traveling public whose mail is addressed to General Delivery. Also, people who desire their mail regularly on Sundays will be allowed to rent boxes for Sunday access, even though their mail is delivered to them by carriers on the other days of the week. James Harper, Pacific Grove Postmaster, said that he agrees with the decision that post office employees be given a day of rest.
    Many citizens, however, disagree. They state that when President Abraham Lin- coln authorized delivery of mail to homes, the President would have indicated six days delivery if that was what was wanted. Petitions are being prepared supporting continuation of Sunday delivery. Supporters may sign these petitions at the Review office or at the front desk of the Pacific Grove Hotel. Similar discontent is reported in Monterey and Salinas. III

    Grove students present recital
    The pupils of Mrs. C. L. Carrington presented a recital and entertainment at the Groves’ Parish House this Friday past. The hall was filled to standing only. Mrs. Carrington had been busy drilling her pupils for some weeks in preparation for this event and, according to all reports, a very interesting program was presented.
    Those participating included Lowie Lewis (violin solo); Katharine Bittle (vocal); Jeannette Hoagland and Virginia Comstock (flute duet); Josephine Garner (Cello solo); and Mary Long, Florence McMann, Irene Chivers, Josephine Garner, Esther Varies (a medley of Dutch songs).
    Marian Jenkins presented the major solo of the evening, a composition by Mendelssohn with group accompaniment.

    Notes from around the area…
    • Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Worthly and daughter, who have been visiting in the Grove for the past two months, left this morning for their home in Michigan City, Indiana. Mrs. Worthly is a niece of Miss S. E. Lowe of this city. The family plans stop-overs in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
    • Clarence Thorne, a budding musician, is seeking support for a new tax that would pay the expenses of a Pacific Grove band. Thorn believes that every community should have such a musical group.
    • The Lucius Fairchild Woman’s Relief Corps No. 95 meets at 2 pm on the second and forth Fridays of each month in the T. A. Work Hall. Posted by Miss Lucy Murray, secretary. Approved by Mrs. S. Wiley, president.

    The cost of living…
    • Snap this up! Twenty-two hundred acres of pasture land, all fenced and well watered. Eight miles from railroad and about forty miles from the Grove. Price is ten thousand dollars if sold within one month of this date. Call W. B. Fletcher, Red 327 in Pacific Grove.
    • The Fair market is offering some very pretty berry sets which will be worth your time to investigate. $1.25 per set. IV
    • Fourteen lots have come available in the Withers tract. Excellent view of the bay. $100 each lot. Take time to pay without interest. Payments just $5 a month.

    Author’s Notes
    I. Daimler had registered as an American subsidiary (USA Daimler, primarily making engines, and then automobiles) in 1895, becoming the world’s first multinational company. Phoenix referred to the engine type, so-called because the Daimler company had survived and risen from a 1903 fire in its original German plant.
    II. 1911 was during the activities cusp of fraternities and sororities, collectively designated as “secret societies.” Tolling the bell eleven times symbolized the “mystic roll call of those who will come no more.” The Elks organization, which fell within one vote of being named the Buffalos, was established in 1868 and first called the “Jolly Corks”, a private club intended to avoid overly strict New York City laws governing the operation of public taverns. The Elks exclude atheists from membership. The word auto mobile was correctly presented as two words in 1911.
    III. The shift to a six-day workweek was impacting many industries other than the post office, among which five days has now become the standard for working. Interestingly, exactly one-hundred years later, the post office is considering shifting to a five-day workweek by eliminating Saturday delivery.
    IV. Berry sets of the era generally comprised tea pitcher, dish for berries, and a creamer and sugar bowl.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 8, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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