• High Hats and Parasols, December 24th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Officers to drill at the Presidio
    From June 12th to June 19th this year, the field and line officers of the Second, Fifth, and Seventh regiments, NGC, will forget their shoulder bars and drill as private soldiers at the Monterey Presidio under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. L. Bullard, 8th Infantry. Bullard has been detailed by the War Department to instruct the guardsmen, according to the San Francisco Examiner1.
    Sabers, gold cords, and other officers’ equipment will be left at home and the militia officers will be equipped with rifles and bayonets as well as a plentiful supply of paper and pencils for the eight-day stay at the Presidio. Dignified colonels, starchy majors, and spruced-up adjutants will forget for a week that they ever commanded regiments or battalions and will perform the duties of non-coms, filling in the time by receiving lessons in map reading, war-department regulations, management of the rifle, infantry and field service regulations, camp cookery, and sanitary camp management.
    Soon after their arrivals at the Presidio, the militia officers will be organized in two provisional infantry companies in which ranking officers will be assigned the roles of
    sergeants and corporals. Lieutenants are so numerous they will have to do privates’ duties. A typical day’s schedule will be as follows. Reveille at 6 am, policing tents
    and grounds at 6:10 am, mess at 7 am, drill at 8 am, school at 9 am, and noon mess at 12. After R&R at 1, the afternoon will be devoted to school at 2 pm, mess at 6:30 pm, and taps at 11:30 pm.
    While some few officers may wander into the Grove during their time off, it is thought that most will prefer the convivial nature of our neighbor Monterey where
    alcohol is readily available. Many PaGrovians say it is just as well that these soldiers should stay on the Monterey side of the fence as they can be much too rowdy.

    Union to meet
    Organized labor is fast gaining ground in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. There are now 17 labor unions available and most laborers seem eager to join one or the other.
    Recently, brick-layers, cement workers, plasterers, and carpenters formed unions. Now bakery workers are joining the Bakers’ International Union and are planning a
    conference to be held at the Del Monte Hotel, Monterey. The principal point of business for Bakers’ International is promoting a six day work week with a nine-hour work day.
    The Baker’s International plans to hold its national conference in New Orleans later this year2.

    Chautauqua 1911 in the works
    The Chautauqua sessions for 1911 will open on July 10th and the indications are that this will be one of the most successful assemblies ever held in the Grove.
    While it is not yet known what the entire program will be, many facts are already available that will be of interest to the readers of his newspaper.
    Some of the best talent in the country has been secured for lectures and concerts, and the Chautauqua program will be one that will interest and instruct from opening
    to close. Among the attractions already set are the following: Grand Opening concert by the Herold Concert Company (Prof. William McCall of San Jose is pianist and organist); George W. Bremler and Chester Norgood, first-day speakers; and Prof. Pierre Doullet, Dean of the University of the Pacific, speaker. Ex-governor Joseph W. Folk of Missouri, one or the ablest orators in the nation, will be on the program. Folk is an aspirant for the Presidency of the U.S. and he will be a drawing card for the Assembly3.
    Prof B. R. Baumgardt, from Los Angeles, will discuss his favorite subject “The Fjords and Fjelds of Norway.” Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, will preside at the next summer’s conference. All in all, this Chautauqua is shaping up as one not to be missed.

    Notes from around the area…

        • W. P. Stewart, the piano tuner, will be available only two weeks longer. Mr. Stewart is staying at the Del Mar Hotel. Word for Stewart may be left with the front desk.
        • A spring caravan by auto mobile is being formed to view the season’s wildflowers between here and the Yellowstone. Not everyone need own an auto mobile, but may travel in the company of a personage who does, fuel costs and expenses shared. Leave your name at the newspaper office.
        • Mrs. Wycoff of Napa is a guest at the Del Mar Hotel. Mrs. Wycoff is in town to solicit investors in her husband’s winery.
        • C. S. Fackenthal sailed this week for Alaska. Fackenthal said that he intended to remain in the northern terrain until he strikes gold and turns up rich.

    The cost of living…

          • Imported apricots sold by the bag or basket. Make excellent pies, purees, and table additions. Ten cents a pound at N. H. Burlingame’s.
          • The Oliver Grocery Co has laid in a quantity of “Berryesa” brand of canned peaches. These are available at 15¢ by the can, or $1.65 by the dozen cans.
          • The Roth-Coney Co of Pacific Grove has on hand the famed Black Cat stockings for women. 50¢ per pair


        • The “laundry” question needn’t bother you any longer. Inquiry among your friends will reveal that they have their laundering done by the Grove Laundry Co. That’s why they always look so spick and span. Ask to be connected with Red 43 for pick-up and delivery. Try our 10¢ special on gentlemen’s collars. At the corner of 12th and Lighthouse.

    Author’s Notes
    1. This sort of training regimen had been first proposed by Theodore “Teddy”
    Roosevelt after the Spanish-American war. Roosevelt was not satisfied with the
    actions of some Americans in command. NGC stands for National Guard California. The NGC was originally established by constitutional provision in 1849.
    2. The Bakers’ International Union later changed its name to the Journeyman Baker
    International Union. Earlier involvement in the Fleischmann yeast boycott and the
    criminal actions of Capt. J. Ryan had laid a black mark on the union. The yeast
    company had been founded by Charles Louis Fleischmann in 1868. In 1929, the
    company was purchased by J.P. Morgan. 1929 was the year the company began its
    sponsorship of the radio program, “The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour” starring Rudy
    Vallee. Let’s check your age. Remember Rudy’s megaphone?
    3. Joseph W. Folk earned the nickname “Holy Joe” by being an evangelic preacher
    as well as a politician. He was a fiery speaker who failed to earn the Presidential
    nomination, but did show up at the Chautauqua in Pacific Grove.
    4. The name “Black Cat” was a take-off on the early 1900s notion that a woman
    who had a black cat would enjoy many suitors. It seemed not at all important to
    distinguish between an animal and foot wear.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 24, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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