• High Hats and Parasols, August 13th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Panama-Pacific exposition planning is topic at Chautauqua
    The Panama-Pacific exposition, now in its planning stage, is scheduled for 1914 in San Francisco.
    Promoters intend for the exposition to celebrate completion of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. The exposition also affords the opportunity for San Francisco to show itself off after recovering from the earthquake of 1906.
    The United States began thinking about the canal in 1855 when William Kennish, an engineer, surveyed and reported on a route for a proposed Panama Canal. His complete report can be seen in a pamphlet entitled The Practicality and Importance of a Ship Canal to Connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, actual work did not commence until 1904. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 1914.
    Among the exhibits already set for the Exposition are the first steam locomotive purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad, the Tower of Jewels, and the Pslace of Fine Arts. A coast-to-coast telephone connection will be established to allow people on the east coast to listen to the roar of the Pacific Ocean.
    Following an informative talk, a representative of the Exposition will ask audience members to contribute ideas.

    Chamber of Commerce meets
    A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held Tuesday evening.
    Mr. P. Christianson was accepted as a member of that body. A letter from Mrs. Harriet Roderick was read. Mrs. Roderick expressed her appreciation for the honor extended her late husband by placing a memorial tablet in her behalf. The secretary was instructed to ascertain the cost of several thousand pamphlets touting the story about Pacific Grove and the Peninsula published by West Coast magazine. Representatives of the building trades council were on hand to request the presence of a representative of the Chamber at the state building trades congress which will be held here next January.
    The meeting was then adjourned.

    The gospel of good roads
    The gospel of good roads needs to spread over the county and here is a suggestion from the King City Rustler.
    What’s wrong with forming up into a Good Roads Club and maintaining a lobby in the supervisors’ chambers? That is the way they are getting good roads up around San Jose. We might thus get some improvements made on the roads between King City and Salinas and other roads on both sides of the river. There’ll be nothing stirring, boys, unless you get up to your speed!
    The supervisors may or may not do all they can, but they’ve got to have vociferous backing in the matters. So let’s give it to them2.

    Report on Oil Consumption
    The California Oil World magazine reports that this year’s outlook on oil is for production to be short of demand by 1,000 barrels a day. Twelve months ago the situation was the reverse of this. On the first of last January, there was a surplus of 600 barrels a day. Production increased during 1909, and the fields increased production considerable during 1910. One year ago, production was reported at 142,000 barrels a day. Now it is 154,000 barrels a day.

    Get discount on two subscriptions
    The Pacific Grove Review will furnish the California Weekly for one year and the California Daily Review for three months. Both subscriptions cost $2. Purchased separately, the California Weekly is two dollars per year and the price of the Daily Review is $1.20 for three months. You will therefore save considerably when you
    subscribe to both papers simultaneously through the Pacific Grove Review. Both papers are published in San Francisco. The California Weekly is San Francisco’s best weekly paper. It is ably edited and topics of interest are discussed in its columns.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Coming from out of town to Chautauqua? Mrs. Fred J. Fox, real estate agent for
      Peninsula and San Francisco properties, manages several cottages for rent. Also,
      see Mrs. Fox for your insurance needs. 156 Forest avenue.
    • The new Roy M. Wright store is specializing in sporting goods. See Roy for fishing
      tackle, bicycles, tennis racquets, and balls.
    • Did you know that Charles E. Barker, proprietor of Central Market, has added an
      up-to-date butcher shop? The butchery, sanitary in all respects, offers fresh meat
      and fish daily.
    • Porta Costa company is offering a large sack of white flour free of charge. This
      flour is really “the staff of life” and will make the best bread you have ever tasted.
      Just stop by Wood Grocery and say that you would like to try Port Costa flour …
      at our expense.

    The cost of living…

    • The E. A. Wood Fruit and Groceries store has delicious watermelons kept on
      ice and ready to eat! ½ melon, 50¢. Whole melon, 75¢. Order from home by
      asking the operator for 487W. 607 Lighthouse Avenue. Delivery costs 10¢.
      Get all-you-can-hold at Damewood’s Restaurant for 75¢. Meals at all hours.
      Everything is new, neat, and clean. Damewood’s is a great place to get
      something good to eat. In the Scobie building at 609 Lighthouse.
    • Freshly caught salmon is now 25¢ a pound at Central Market. 584 Lighthouse.
      Get your cookies freshly baked at Oliver Grocery Company. Extra large, fancy
      cluster cookies with raisins. 10¢ each or three for 25¢.
    • Newly designed Walkovers shoes are available from Bertold’s Shoe Store.
      Leather lowers, canvas uppers. High ties. A few minutes of your time plus
      $3.50 gets you a world of walking comfort.

    1. Although originally scheduled for 1914, the Exposition did not get underway
    until February 20, 1915. This “World Fair” was constructed on 635 acres in San
    Francisco. The area is now known as the Marina. The Palace of Fine Arts still
    exists and is open to visitors.
    2. The road between Salinas and King City was then what is now River Road.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 13, 2010

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