• Hats, 7/29/11

    Gives up the Grove
    While most of our residents and visitors love the Grove and would resist leaving here with all their might, a few are different. Such is the case with Mrs. L. E. Crawford.
    Mrs. Crawford spent the entire winter here staying in the home of her sister, Mrs. G.
    Fannie Spencer. Mrs. Crawford owned a cottage on Nineteenth street, left behind by her late husband. After advertising it for several weeks, Mrs. Crawford at last sold the property. Interviewed at the train station, Mrs. Crawford said that she intended to leave the Grove in order to return to her premarital home in New York.
    Bon voyage, Mrs. Crawford. I

    Things are booming at Smith’s bank
    E. Cooke Smith has announced good times for his commercial and savings bank.
    Smith said that the fellow who tries to attract business without advertising is like the fellow who throws his girl friend silent kisses in the dark. The fellow knows what he is doing, but no one else does. And that is why Cooke is doing so well. Advertising, such as this in the Pacific Grove newspaper, has attracted kisses from many customers. “We want your business and have taken that way of letting you know that we want it. We want your business for our mutual benefit.”
    Commercial and business deposits will earn at least 4%. There is no charge for home checking accounts. Safe deposit boxes may be rented for $2.50 a year. 50¢ of your first year fee will be refunded if you rent a box before August 31, 1911.
    Stop on by and let us talk things over. We are prominently located on Lighthouse avenue. II

    New steps going in
    W. F. Smith of the Pacific Grove Beach Company is busily at work these days. Smith is laying new cement steps to run from below Forest avenue to the beach. This work is certain to make egress to and from the water’s edge easier and has been needed since the Grove was a Camp. Smith promises that the work will be done before much of the summer had passed up by. This should be greatly appreciated by guests and residents alike.

    Armored car to carry cash and valuables
    Borrowing a page from the Russian annals, the Southern Pacific will be adding an armored car to various trains. These cars are to make shipping of cash, coins, and valuables much easier and safer. The Southern Pacific promises that an armed guard will be riding within each car. Shipment times will not be made public. Just deliver your shipment to the agent at the depot and it will be sent off sometime within the following week. III

    Pedestrian killed by auto mobile
    Jesse W. Bryan, formerly a resident, was killed in an auto mobile accident in San Francisco at about 6 o’clock, Wednesday evening.
    Bryan was crossing a street when suddenly he stopped dead. An auto mobile driver, intending to pass him by, did not apply brakes in time. The driver hit Bryan head on. Still living, Bryan was rushed to the Bay Harbor Hospital for emergency treatment. Alas, he died a few minutes later.
    Bryan had moved to San Francisco to practice the legal profession. He is survived by a brother, J. S. Bryan who earlier had moved to Hollister.

    At the Colonial Theater
    If you want to enjoy a really pleasant evening do not fail to attend the Colonial this week end. At least five reels of excellent pictures (which, by the way, is the largest picture program now being run in all of Monterey County), can be enjoyed for just one dime. There’s no longer any need to travel to Monterey or elsewhere to view a full bill of moving pictures starring America’s finest actors and actresses.
    At the Colonial, you will see “In Old Madrid”, “The Talisman”, “Crazy Gulch”, the Hobo’s Reunion”, and others … all for ten cents. Showing begins at 7:30 sharp.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Mrs. D. W. Lubeck departed by train this week to spend some time visiting rela- tives in Auburn.
    • Mrs. Al Eustace arrived after being summoned to the Grove to be present at the christening of her grand daughter, Ada Lucile McQuikin. IV
    • Has your editor mentioned lately that the Review does excellent job-printing. Call at the Review office and we’ll discuss the details.
    • Catarrh cannot be cured, but can be treated with Hall’s Eucalyptus catarrh pills. Pick some up from Spoon & Hicks.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Grocer F. J. Wyeth offers a special on Blue Ribbon butter, straight from the creamery. 25¢ in one pound blocks, wrapped in butcher paper. Delicious on warm biscuits.
    • Finish your own cake with fresh frosting taken home from the Grove Bakery.  15¢ a cup, your choice of vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, or mint. Please order 24 hours before pick-up.
    • Shingle stain at Wright Hardware. 50¢ by the gallon can. Stiff bristle brush, 15¢.
    • Every woman who uses Parisian Sage treatment enjoys a bounty in hair. Parisian Sage will greatly improve the attractiveness of any person’s looks in just a few days. Personal application. Try it for a week for just $1.73. Guiermina Davidson. Ask operator for Red 116.
    • The Grove Bakery has made a bunch of candies for the kids. Buy five pepper mint sticks for 5¢.
    • The Pacific Improvement Company wants to see Pacific Grove expand and will now deliver sand for $1.10 per square yard or beach stones for $2.50 per square yard. Leave orders at our office at 241 Forest avenue. We will respond as soon as possible.

    Author’s Notes
    • Although Bon Voyage was a bit more properly a nautical term, it was sometimes applied to other kinds of travel. Trains presented no exception.
    • The E. Cooke Smith bank showed a 1911 asset balance of $400,000. Many bankers of the era “fudged” a bit, however.
    • The “Armored” car experiment failed from wont of business. Not knowing the time shipments would be made drove customers away.
    • In the grammatical practices of 1911, many words now presented as one word were presented as two. See another example in the advertisement for the Grove Bakery.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 29, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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