• Hats, 8/5/11

    California romance and history
    John S. McGroatry’s new book, “What it Means to be California”, has just been printed and should be on store shelves within a matter of weeks. It is said to be the only volume ever published which gives the entire story of California, thoroughly indexed, reliable researched, and condensed into just ten, lengthy chapters.
    Twenty-five thousand copies have already been sold (prior to publication), but the rush for the book is now on. We would advise you that your copy be immediately ordered for future delivery. The Graften Publishing Company, publishers of the West Coast Magazine, are handling the details. The book now has a cash value of $10. After being released, that value increases to $15.

    No more gas!
    Tired of having gas in your stomach and bowels? A new technology not only offers temporary relief from gas, it assures its clientele of a life-time cure.
    If you wish to be permanently cured of the miseries brought on by gas you need to check on Riemann’s Medications. There is even better news as well. Your extremities will never again feel cold. Riemann’s is sold in drug stores around the nation. Here in the Grove, Riemann’s is handled by Long and Gretter Drugs. II

    Typist types like a terror
    Now that nearly all clerical personnel are using typewriters, it seems ever more important to enjoy contests to determine the best user of those machines. This year’s California competition has just ended in San Francisco. The winner there receives a trip to New York for the purpose of competing in the national competition. The winner in San Francisco was H. O. Blasdell working on an Underwood typewriter. Miss Blasdell turned in 112 words per minute during a one-hour stint.

    Footballers flock to field
    With a new school year just around the corner, Coach Foster summoned potential Grove players to the field so that he could have a look at what he might have for next year. Coach said that he was more that satisfied by the turn out. The first game this year is against Monterey.

    New golf club forms
    Articles of incorporation of the Del Monte Golf Club were filed Friday morning in the office of county clerk T. P. Joy. The principal place of business is the Del Monte resort. The clubs purposes as set forth in the articles are to acquire, improve, and maintain grounds and buildings for athletic purposes (not just for golf). The Directors are H. R. Warner, Emmett Hursted, and Thomas Lee of Monterey, and Scott Husband and Thomas Motony of Pacific Grove. As the club is not formed for pecuniary benefit, the corporation has no capital stock.

    Pagrovian girl marries secretly
    Miss Carolyn Macaulay, daughter of Rev and Mrs. J. P. McCauley, will reside in this city at 255 Spruce Avenue after being married in Salinas. The man of her choice is Clayton Pierce McGuire.
    The marriage came as a surprise to everyone in the Grove, including the parents of the bride, although they had no objections to the union. In truth, the couple were in the county seat procuring a license, after which they decided to just “go ahead” with a civil ceremony. They then traveled from the county clerk’s office to the Methodist parsonage and had a brief religious ceremony performed by Rev. Wm. Burchett.
    The Review wishes the newlyweds well!

    Snippets from around the area…

    • We are offering for sale a fine mare with foal. Also a colt less than one year old. See the three at 226 Cedar Street, Grove. Buy the one, two, or all. A few rabbits and chickens also available. III
    • Miss Alta C. Jenkins has departed the Grove for a visit in Oakland to get re- acquainted with family and friends.
    • I have misplaced my valuable umbrella. If same is found, please leave at the Review office. A reward will be paid for your good efforts and honesty.
    • Come check the window at Long and Gretter Drugs and get that clean feeling. All grades of toilet soap in store-stock are on display.
    • P. M. Bartlett has been appointed representative for the Aluminum Company of America. Your purchase comes with a 15 years guarantee. You may view all in-stock types of aluminum siding at 221 Park, Pacific Grove. Customers from Monterey and New Monterey welcome.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • If you are in need of a “pane” call on Wright’s Hardware. Glazed glass admits light but assures privacy. Pre-cut to 2’ X 3”. $2.75.
    • Join our Sunday afternoon coffee club at St. Mary’s by the Sea. Enjoy a thick slice of pie and a cup of coffee for 25¢. A scoop of churned Ice cream will set you back only 15¢ extra, and this is for a good cause.
    • Tis the season to be hungry. Spoon and Hicks sells fresh vegetables and fruits. Sweet, juicy cherries for 12¢ a bag.
    • Doughnuts at the Grove Bakery. Stop in and we will provide you two doughnuts for a dime. A hot cup of coffee, 5¢.
    • The Hotel Cadillac in San Francisco invites Parovians and friends to stay. We have 200 rooms and 100 baths. $2.50 per room with bath, American plan. From the SP depot take the Ellis street car. Get off at Leavenworth stop. You will be at the rear of the Hotel Cadillac.
    • Pianos and musical instruments are the special business of the Prussia & Co. shops. Purchase a piano during the month of August and a music portfolio will be included in your price. Purchased separately, the portfolio costs $1.

    Author’s Notes
    I. John Steven McGroatry, considered by many to have been America’s finest journalist, was also a poet who was honored for several years as California’s Poet Laureate. The California Senate lauded McGroatry as an artist who wrote with a classical blending of historical accuracy and dramatic imagination. McGroatry also wrote a dramatic piece, Mission Play, which held the stage for more than 3,200 performances and was seen by audiences numbering at least 250,000 people. McGroatry’s soon-to-be-famed historical book, which sold out ten printing editions in two years, was misnamed in many newspapers. The title of the work was actually California, Its History and Romance. A critic had promised that reading the tome would teach What it Means to be California, which seems to have impressed as much as the title. The day before McGroatry died in 1946, the tireless writer authored a poem about his demise. The ending lines of that poem read: “When I have had my little day / My chance at toil, my fling at play / And in the starry silence fall / With broken staff against the wall, May someone pass, God grant, that way, / And, as he bends above me, say:/ Goodnight, dear comrade, sleep you well, / Deep are the daisies where you fell, / I fold your empty hands that shared / Their little all with them that fared / Beside you in the rain and sun― / Goodnight, your little day is done.
    II. What hands and feet had to do with flatulence was not explained.
    III. In 1911, keeping animals within the city was not an uncommon practice.

    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 August 5, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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