• High Hats and Parasols 1/23/09

    One hundred years and more ago
    by Cedrick Hunter

    Judge Dorn considers Sadie Carpenter’s estate
    As many of our readers are so painfully aware, Mrs. Sadie Carpenter found herself horridly murdered in a lodging house in San Francisco. This vile deed took place on the 17th of June.
    Now, the dreadful matter has again surfaced again, this time in the Superior Court of Monterey County. Attorney J. Willey appeared with W. Hannon of Monterey, who was named guardian of the two little girls left behind by Mrs. Carpenter. A letter was produced in which the deceased expressed her wish that the children should have all her property. The estate is believed to consist of $1,200, now held in trust, and an interest in a millinery establishment located between Pacific Grove and Monterey.
    Mssr. J. Q. Anderson, father of the deceased, was present to testify to his daughter’s last wishes. An attorney for Mr. Carpenter served notice that even though his client and Mrs. Anderson were not living together at the time of Mrs. Carpenter’s death, Mr. Carpenter’s claim to the property should be considered. Judge Dorn has taken the matter under advisement. Whether the girls or their father shall be made owners of the property remains to be seen.

    Mrs. Lockwood here for visit
    Octogenarian Mrs. Lockwood, now residing in San Francisco, has returned to Pacific Grove for an extended visit with her grandson, Ed Eaton. Ed is an employee of the V. S. Company, and is well known throughout the area. Ed confirms that his grandmother retains her vigorous mind of earlier years. She is an energetic storyteller who can relate many tales of the early days of Pacific Grove, the Peninsula, and Monterey County.

    Railroad right of way sparks opposition!
    The town council chamber was filled to such an extent last evening that even standing room was at a premium. The Mayor and every Councilmember were present and voting. The Southern Pacific Railroad request for a right of way was then introduced. The Railroad has stated that it expects the City to contribute $4,000 toward the total cost of this project. Specifications were read by the clerk. Although many voiced opposition, the matter was adopted after Councilman Schroeder introduced an amendment providing that the City supervise the work of laying rails to make certain it is properly done.

    Unclaimed letters at post office
    Following is a list of unclaimed letters remaining in the Pacific Grove Post Office. To obtain any of these letters, the applicant must call at the counter. If not called for in two weeks, any remaining mail will be dispatched to the dead letters office for removal of any contents of value before being destroyed. Addressees are (as noted on envelopes): Mrs. Beasley, C. Breesse, D. Burnet, Agnus Boyd, Julia Dalston, Mr. Fish, C. Petersen, Mrs. Edith Price, Manuel P. Rocha, Mrs. Neil Solomon, Manuella Salgada, and Jos. Wenk. This notice is approved by Postmaster J. G. Joy, headquartered in Monterey.
    Hale and Company has announced that white and cream-colored shoe lacing may be purchased at 15¢ per yard. Snow white bedspreads with hemmed edges, pre-sewn and ready to use, have been reduced to 45¢ each. Apron gingham with a pretty border now costs 7¢ per yard. Dimities of striking combinations is 12¢ per yard. Lappets, your choice of design, cost a mere 5¢ each.

    (Columnist’s Note. Dimity is a thin, cotton material of different colored stripes sewn together for making clothing in the fashion of a shepherd’s cloak. A lappet is a changeable, decorative, cloth flap (often sequined) that can be attached to the brim of a lady’s hat as adornment. A change of lappet cheaply altered the appearance and color-scheme of headwear.)


    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 23, 2009

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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