• High Hats and Parasols, February 10th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Areoplane is really balloon!
    The parents of Forest Paul, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Paul, had been clandestinely planning the event for quite some time. This Thursday afternoon, on the occasion of Forest’s
    eighteenth birthday, with more than forty of Forest’s friends participating, the celebration took place at the Paul home and came as a complete surprise to Forest. A large birthday cake proved to be the most tempting item on the generous menu. Progressive games were played for which prizes were given. Miss Geneva Marretino won first place as outstanding player overall and J. A. Metzler came in second. A large balloon shaped like an Areoplane was then inflated with lighter-than-air gas and sailed out over the bay, much to everyone’s delight and amazement1.

    Indian woman has fourteen husbands
    Nellie Lane, a comely Indian woman, has pled guilty to having been wed fourteen times … without bothering to legally rid herself of previous husbands. She told the
    court that she is living happily with husband number fifteen. Mrs. Lane had cheerfully divulged this information to Deputy United States Attorney Evans during an investigation into alcohol sales to Native Americans. One of her husbands, a Mr. Moses, described their marriage as “excellent” but admitted that he might know too little about the institution to be a good judge, since he has had only four wives (and no divorce).

    “Direct Legislation” amendment a farce
    Mr. Judson King, Field Lecturer for the National Referendum League, opposes Amendment Six, the so-called Direct Legislation amendment, because, he said, “It
    gives cranks and agitators an opportunity to make reprehensible and freak legislation. Such mundane items are bound to pop up such as the control of the length of hat pins by legislation.” King urges all voters to vote against number six.

    One sister killed, another injured by moving train
    Mrs. Anna Roberts of this city and her sister, Mrs. Lewis Gannet of Carmel, were both struck by a train when the women, apparently confused by an approaching headlight, walked directly into the path of a train moving at a substantial rate of speed near Park street. Both women were hurled many feet, striking against a paved surface. Mrs. Roberts, mangled by the cow catcher, had her skull fractured and was mutilated. She died almost instantly. Mrs. Gannet received three broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken leg, and internal injuries. She is not expected to survive overnight.
    When the motorman spotted the two women, he put on the brakes. The distance, however, was too short to get the train stopped. Although there were no other witnesses, it is supposed the two women were taking a shortcut by walking across the tracks. Talking, the women did not hear the train approaching until it was too late.
    It is expected that a third death will result from the accident. Mrs. L. Vernon, mother of the sisters, is getting along in years and recently has been restricted to her bed by illness. She has not been told of the accident as of yet, and when she is told it is believed that may be her undoing.
    No blame for the tragedy is attached to the train crew.

    Domestic difficulties?
    Mr. Charles Newlove of the Grove may soon be seeking some new love. Last night, Newlove checked into the Pacific Grove Hotel. He said that he did not know how long he would be staying. His wife, still at home, was unavailable for comment.

    Esteemed pioneer succumbs
    Captain Joseph Aram died peacefully in his sleep this week. Aram, who crossed the plains with his family in 1846 for the purpose of making his home in California, was
    a member of the 1849 convention that framed California’s first constitution2 at Colton all in Monterey, and his is the first signature on that document. Aram was a member of the original legislature of California. His brick home in Monterey is thought to be the first to be built entirely of bricks anywhere in California. He later moved to the Grove, where his mother still resides today at 217 Park street. Aram is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Y. P. Cool, who has moved with her husband to Los Angeles.

    Electric railway3 to Del Monte Heights
    The Monterey and Del Monte Heights Railway has announced that its new line is soon to be completed and cars will soon be running out to Del Monte Heights. A
    reorganization of the railway company has been effected, and today a formal transfer of the railroad property was make. George Phelps has purchased the interests of A. G. Metz and H. R. O’Bryan in the road, thus acquiring full control of the business. The railway extends from the end of Broadway to Del Monte Heights to the city limits. The entire distance of three miles is graded and tracks have been laid almost the entire length. The new line runs to within a block of the Monterey and Pacific Grove Railway. The electric power for the new line will be purchased from either the Monterey County Gas & Electric Company or from the Pacific Improvement Company, which maintains a large power plant at Del Monte. A telephone exchange is to be opened in Del Monte Heights in connection with the railway office.

    Snippets from around the area…
    • The Rev. Will Bartlett is in town to speak during the Preach-n-Praise service to be held at the Methodist church this Sunday.
    • Wright’s Hardware offers a little of everything needed for the construction of your new home. We can also order the lumber you need, cut to size.
    • The demand for lots in Camp Minnehaha continues to be brisk and the available supply will soon be entirely sold. These lots are easily obtained. All you need do is pay for a six-month subscription to the Review. We will give you a small lot, suitable for tent or cabin, absolutely free of cost except for the cost of making a survey and the execution of deed. Ask the operator for Black 421 and let’s talk!

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Oh, you get a good slice of pie at the Grove’s Coffee Club. Just 15¢. With a bottomless cup of coffee, 20¢. With coffee and whip cream, 25¢.
    • The best of everything good to cook awaits you at Spoon & Hicks Grocery. Freshly canned vegetables on special at 15¢ a can. Six cans for 85¢.
    • Check our window to see an attractive display of toiletries and notions. Water closetpaper, 90¢ for twelve packets of 100 squares. Long & Gretter.
    • The Pacific Grove Review offers job printing at San Francisco prices. You might as well be popular. Fifty visiting cards cost only 35¢5.

    Author’s Notes
    1. The balloon-airplane was propelled by a small stream of escaping gas.
    2. The constitution of 1849 was superseded in 1879 by a confusing document that is
    called the “world’s worst” constitution.
    3. Referred to is a “narrow gauge”, streetcar railway.
    4. For those not in the know, “water closet” referred to an indoor toilet.
    5. Visiting cards were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Imprinted with only the name of the bearer, bending certain corners meant different things. A gentleman, for instance, would bend the upper, left corner of the card presented to the maid or butler to indicate that he was calling “romantically” on a lady.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 10, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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