• High Hats and Parasols, December 10th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    PG invited to join Salinas in countering gangs
    Salinas is suffering from the evil wrought upon that city by a gang of young ruffians who have taken up loitering in the alleyway behind the BonBon Café at Main and Gabilan. These black hands seem to enjoy confronting patrons leaving the café, and then demanding money.
    One young man, recently patronizing the BonBon in company of his fiancée, at first refused to part with any money. Several of the youths set upon him and the young man was soon the worse for his refusal. A gang member threatened harm to the young man’s fiancée if a contribution was not forthcoming, whereupon the young man complied. After the melee, the young man was assisted across the street where his wounds could be tended1.
    The Salinas constable has sent out word that gangs may be organizing clandestinely in other nearby communities. King City has lodged several complaints about such problems. Watsonville, Monterey, and Pacific Grove are thought to be teetering on the knife’s edge. The Salinas constable has set Saturday week as the time for a meeting to explore appropriate response.
    The Pacific Grove constable has not yet said whether he plans to attend2.

    Look out for this fraud!
    A slender woman, about 30 years of age, is now in the Grove soliciting aid from our charitably disposed citizens.
    After making contact, this fraud tells a pitiful tale of woe to those who will listen.
    She states that donations will go toward establishing a dress-making salon here, and that the salon will help get her life back on track. The donation is to be considered an investment in the new business.
    The Pacific Grove station agent C. R. Estabrook has just received notification from the Southern Pacific Company that this woman has been working her scam all up and down the Southern Pacific line. She is known to have been operating under a variety of covers. In the Grove, she has already used two identities.
    Look out for this woman. Notify law enforcement if contact is made.

    Medicos meet at Carmel
    The Monterey County Medical Society met in the Carmel Hotel of Carmel-by-theSea on Saturday. Attendance numbered a fair portion of members. Those present were Drs. Wm. Himmelsbach of Carmel; T. C. Edwards, H. G. Crabtree, and H. B. Christensen of Salinas; E. K. Abbott of Monterey; and Doctors W. V. Grimes and A. M. Richards of Pacific Grove. After the session, representatives were served a toothsome buffet3.

    Only survivor of Sloat flagship lives in Hollister
    So far as can be ascertained, the only living survivor of the American flagship Savannah, which, under the command of Commodore Sloat of the Pacific Squadron, raised the Stars and Stripes in Monterey harbor on July 7, 1846, and thus claimed California for the United States, now resides in Hollister.
    His name is George Hamblin. Preparations are underway for Monterey and Pacific Grove citizens to escort that hero here for dedication of the monument erected to the memory of Commodore Sloat.
    George “Mustang” Hamblin was about 15 years old at the time of the event. He is 80 years old now and pretty well preserved for that age. Commodore Sloat arrived
    with the Savannah at Monterey harbor from Mazatlan. Other vessels in port when the flagship entered were the U.S.S. Cayne and U.S.S. Mervine. They carried twenty guns each. The flagship carried fifty-four. The captain of the Mervine was sent ashore with a force of 250 marines to hoist the stars and stripes over the custom house. A proclamation written in both English and Spanish addressed to the inhabitants of California was posted in public places. On July 23, Commodore Sloat turned over the command of the conquered territory to his successor, Commodore Stockton4.

    Notes from around the area…

        • After recovering from a lengthy illness, Mrs. D. M. Dysart departed by carriage this morning destined for the Santa Cruz mountains. She plans to loiter there in a cottage while her health improves. Mrs. Dysart was accompanied by her daughter who intends to care for her.
        • A farewell party was held this morning to wish W. E. Rogers farewell and safe travels. Mr. Rogers is on his way to Mexico where he plans to invest in a gold mining venture.
        • Mrs. A. H. Hill is organizing an auto mobile caravan to the Yellowstone Park.  Travelers from the Grove will join with travelers from Stockton to make the trip. Interested? Contact Mrs. Hill or leave word at the Review. Passengers with adventurous spirits are welcome. You need not own an auto mobile.

    The cost of living…

            • You can purchase six loaves of fresh-baked bread from the Pacific Grove Bakery. Just 25¢. Twelve loaves cost 45¢.
            • Ladies who wish to improve their feminine forms can purchase “Bustie’s Busteriers” from the Bazaar. Made from Tampico grass-cloth covered with velveteen. Once in place, no one except the wearer will know the difference, but all eyes will be on you for just $3.


              • N. B. Burlingame has just received a shipment of juicy apricots. 10¢ a pound.
              • Are you in pane? Wright’s Hardware Store sells glass in all sizes starting at $1.25 each. Your view will not be terribly wrinkled. Our staff will cut to your specifications.


      Author’s Notes
      1. A medical clinic was located on the second floor of the building now occupied by the First Awakenings café.
      2. “Saturday week” is the 1910 way of saying “next Saturday”.
      3. “Toothsome” meant “delicious”.
      4. The Sloat monument still stands near the Presidio of Monterey.
      5. Asian grasscloth is made from any one of the fibers extracted from Asian grasses. Advertising was becoming “spicier” as 1910 was on the cusp of the carefree, flapper era.
      6. Glass made before 1917 offered views that were a bit warped and a little wrinkly.

      posted to Cedar Street Times on December 10, 2010

      Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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