• High Hats and Parasols, April 16th, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    Candidate visits Grove
    Frank H. Mouser of Los Angeles, who is deputy assessor of that county, was in town yesterday meeting friends and gaining new acquaintances. Mr. Mouser is a
    candidate on the Republican ticket for Secretary of State. Mouser is on his return trip home by train to Los Angeles. He is completing a two-month long campaigning tour of northern and central California. In the opinion of this editor, Mr. Mouser stands out as a man of strong personality and a fine gentleman. His qualifications for the position he hopes to attain are endorsed by the most prominent men of Southern California. We in Monterey county should get behind him1.
    This gentleman is assured of making a strong running.

    Dan DeQuille books at Chautauqua2
    Arrangements have been made with the American Publishing Company for Mr. Dan DeQuille’s literary properties to be available for purchase by attendees at this
    year’s Chautauqua Institute. DeQuille is well-known as a writer. As a young man, he moved to Nevada from West Liberty, Iowa, and was employed by the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City under the mentoring of Editor Joseph Goodman.
    He is considered an authority on the state of Nevada and the Northern Paiute Indian tribe. He has contributed considerable to awareness of the past and of the wild west on both sides of our continent. This enterprising author wrote numerous books and a considerable number of articles and columns that continue to be admired for humorous content. After the Enterprise ceased publication in 1893, DeQuille returned to West Liberty in ill health where he resided with a daughter until his death on the 16th day of March in 1898.
    More about the contents of DeQuille’s various writings will be published as available.

    Sewer going in
    Pacific Grove trustees have approved letting a contract for work on a six-inch, vitrified-iron, stone-pipe sewer along the center of Third street from Laurel avenue to Pine avenue. This vote is identified as Resolution No. 1571 and is entitled “Resolution of Intention: Construction of sewer.”
    The City Clerk has published this resolution, as required by law. The Superintendent of Streets duly posted notices of the law at locations about the Grove.
    The Clerk stated that no objections or complaints of any kind have been received. Work is expected to begin as soon as bids are reviewed and the contract is let.

    Monterey post office block purchased
    Mr. James Martin of Monterey has purchased from Colonel E. A. Preble, Pacific Grove, the entire post office block in the old capital city of Monterey.
    Besides the post office block, there are two additional blocks on which are positioned various stores. These are included in the parcel. Col. Preble stated that he sold his Monterey property to gain hard capital to invest in his cigar-manufacturing business which is located in San Francisco.

    Grove directory now available
    The Pacific Grove Review has just issued the first directory of Pacific Grove. The booklet is now ready for delivery to advertisers, and will be provided to residents in
    the near future. The price of this very valuable directory is 10¢. Call for your copy at the Review office on Lighthouse.

    Dissolution of partnership
    The partnership heretofore existing between F. J. Wyeth and Joseph Wilks is this day dissolved by mutual agreement. All accounts due the partnership are now payable to Mr. Wyeth, who also assumes all the liabilities of the former partnership. Signed in Pacific Grove, California. Witnessed by Attorneys-at-law Treat and Hudson3.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Shop at the Fair Market for all sorts of materials needed by artists including
      brushes, canvas, and paints.
    • Mrs. F. J. Salsman will receive and audition piano pupils in her studio located at
      208 Fifteenth street, Pacific Grove.
    • The funeral of J. C. Storm took place yesterday at the family residence on
      Central avenue. The afternoon service, which began at two, was largely
    • Membership tickets admitting holders to Chautauqua lectures and events are
      now available at the Pacific Grove Museum. See J. P. Pryor, Vice President, or
      any member of the board.
    • W. B. Fitcher has been named agent for Francher Creek Nurseries. Mr. Fitcher
      will help you choose from all varieties of fruit trees, shade trees, ornamental
      trees, and shrubbery. He will help you live up to the letter of the new ordinance
      requiring all property owners to keep the Grove well planted in trees.

    For sale or rent…

    • Potatoes! Just $1.75 per 50# sack in Buckingham’s grocery section.
      The T. A. Work theater offers patrons a special! A medley of first-run, living
      pictures. 10¢ each seat.
    • J. K. Paul’s has just gotten in a new line of rugs. Small, woven throw-rugs start
      at $1.50.
    • Imperial Dyeing and Cleaning House in the care of G. R. Higsby is offering
      a 5¢ special on the cleaning of ladies blouses. 310 Grand avenue. Telephone
      number is Black 761.
    • Safe deposit boxes at the Home Savings are being let for $2.50 per year.
      Swift’s premium, smoked hams. Special at 20¢ pound. Johnston Bros. &
    • Yes, you can advertise in these columns. See the Review editor. Just 50¢ per

    1 Grammar at the turn of the past century strictly dictated that proper nouns be capitalized and common nouns not. Monterey got the nod as a proper noun; county failed to acquire that honor. The same applied to most street names, such as Cherry street. A grammar book of the era indicates that this distinction can be made by determining whether the word in question can be used alone.
    Thus … “at Cherry” would be proper. “…at street,” common.

    2 Dan DeQuille was the tongue-in-cheek byline of writer William Wright. A mildly stalwart supporter of the South, Dan and another Southern sympathizer turned writer, Samuel Clements, became companions and DeQuille served as Cement’s mentor. It was DeQuille who encouraged Clements to chose and write under a byline, which Clements did, first as Josh and later as Mark Twain. DeQuille authored several history books including A History of the Comstock Silver Lode Mines which was published in pocket size for sale to passengers on stage coaches and aboard passenger trains.

    3 Was this Attorney Tom Hudson, who earned himself a cenotaph in the traffic island across from the Monterey post office? Research continues.

    4 In 1910, the word largely referred to the quantity of people attending

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 16, 2010

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