• High Hats and Parasols, April 9th, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    Sheriff tells story of Holman burglary
    Sheriff W. J. Nesbitt is still in Pacific Grove where he came to investigate the burglary of the Holman Company store, a large dry goods establishment on Lighthouse
    avenue in the seaside city. The break-in is believed to have been committed at some hour late last Friday night or early Saturday morning.
    In a public discussion, Nesbitt admitted that he had found no tangible clue with which he could work. The burglar(s) first broke open two tool chests at the site of a
    residence under construction, which is located along the waterfront.
    Taken from there were a hammer, chisels, and various other tools potentially of use. The crooks then got a ladder and climbed it in order to pry open a rear window of the Holman building. The scoundrels were evidently frightened away shortly thereafter and they affected their exit through a main door leading to the street. That door was found wide open by the night watch early Sunday morning. A close examination of the interior of the store revealed that no money and not a single article in stock had been taken away, contrary to common belief.
    Sheriff Nesbitt promised to continue his best efforts in solving the crime.

    Resident Sanburn murdered
    Mrs. Guy Sanburn, one of the wealthiest residents of the entire county, was fatally stabbed about 6 o’clock yesterday evening. The culprit in this crime was the Chinese cook, name unknown, who worked for Mrs. Sanburn at the Sanburn home. After being stabbed, Mrs. Sanburn did not perish immediately, but survived for about one-half hour before passing on. This in spite of the good efforts of Dr. H. N. Yates. After his vile act1, the Chinese cook was immediately caught and overpowered by Mrs. Sanburn’s son. The Chinaman was taken to jail where it was feared that he might be lynched. This did not happen, but the murderer was himself stabbed to death by an unidentified person at some later time.
    Mrs. Sanburn is a sister-in-law of the late Paris Sanburn who also lived in Pacific Grove.

    End of world to come!
    Two well-known “Bible thumpers” became frenzied and stripped themselves and their four children naked and climbed upon the roof of their rented home during the
    early hours. Their intent was to await the coming of a fiery chariot which had been designated for their personal transport to heaven.

    “This,” said the unclothed father, “was an act in consort with the end of the world.”

    After the waiting family was discovered by neighbors, a small crowd gathered and several individuals prepared to scale a ladder and remove family members from
    the roof. The family, however, had taken several tools with them which could be used as weapons. The family vehemently declared its intention to fight. For more than an hour, the family pranced and danced around the roof, threatening with their make-shift arms, but finally removed themselves after being told that the fiery chariot had presented itself elsewhere and was waiting there for the family’s appearance.
    After descending, the parents were taken to jail. The children were transported to temporary homes. All were provided appropriate clothing.

    Notes from around the area…

    • The young ladies of the Swastika Club2 had a very pleasant time on Thursday
      afternoon at the home of hostess Miss Anna Davidson. Next week, Miss Betsy
      Dysare serves as the Swastika Club hostess.
    • The Del Rey Development Company has brought suit against J. D. Houghton to
      “quit title” to 849 acres of the Noche Buena Rancho.
    • The Monterey Heights Sanitarium, recently bought by Miss Anna Furlounge, is
      now open to all physicians for medical, surgery, and confinement cases. Fees are
      $25 per week. Services include massage, a steam room, and medicated baths3.
    • Mr. Sanford Dodge and his powerful company will soon be appearing at the
      Work Theater and presenting the greatest of all dramatic successes. Mr. Dodge
      promises a story of ancient Rome in this presentation filled with thrilling action.
      Nero and the Gladiator! Make plans now to attend.
    • J. B. Moore wishes it known that he is the guardian to Mr. S. I. Houghton as Mr.
      Houghton is an incompetent.

    For sale or rent…

    • Jack Veal the Barber has an almost new Singer sewing machine with decorative
      drop cabinet4 for sale. Call at Jack’s shop on Forest and examine. $22 or best
      offer made by April 15.
    • Pacific Grove is the ideal summer and winter resort of California. Our climate
      is the most equitable. Rent a vacation cottage for as little as $25 a month.
      Telephone 271.
    • Dr. P. G. Dennison who is a physician, surgeon, and Oculist is located at the
      corner of Fountain and Lighthouse avenues. Hours 2 to 5. Office visits for
      medical advice are 75¢.
    • Enjoy a special ride in a glass-bottom boat. 25¢.
    • Silas W. Mack, attorney, will complete your will for $1.
    • Yes, you can advertise in this column. See the Review editor. Just 50¢ per


    1. Vile act or not, reading between the lines suggests that Mrs. Sanburn was an irascible person, not easy to work for. Perhaps the Chinese cook simply had his fill?
    2. Not to worry, the Nazi party had not yet usurped the swastika as its symbol. In 1910, the swastika was viewed as a good luck token and had been in known use since the 1700s. The Swastika Club (for girls) was formed by Cryus S. K. Curtis after, in 1886, the magnate published the Ladies’ Home Journal, then known as the Ladies’s Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper. The club’s purpose was to encourage young women to sell more subscriptions of the magazine door to door.
    3. The “sanatorium” was the equivalent of a modern-day nursing home.
    4. A “drop cabinet” referred to a doored case that completely enclosed the sewing machine when it was not in use. The lid of the case “dropped” into place to serve as a working space for the seamstress.
    5. The Review had no secretary and the hours of the editor were too irregular to permit taking ads by telephone.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 9, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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