• High Hats and Parasols, February 17th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Napier trial continues
    The trial of Allen Napier, a Presidio soldier accused of grand larceny, continues. Napier is alleged to have stolen two rifles, two shotguns, ammunition, and a quantity of other stuff of value from the county home of A. A. Manuels, a local business man1.
    Mr. Manuels and his daughter testified for the prosecution. Napier was not represented by an attorney. Napier’s alleged crime was committed in the later part of July, past. The testimony showed that he is, or was, a close friend of the Manuels. A short time prior to the commission of the crime, he spent four days furlough time at the Manuels’ home, a short distance from the Grove, being in company with the Manuels all the while so that he was very familiar with the premises. Napier knew where the firearms were kept as he often handled them and helped to clean the weapons.
    On the morning of July 30, about 5 o’clock a.m., a soldier named Hills noticed Napier returning to the Presidio with a bundle in his arms. Napier then slipped beneath his barracks. When he re-emerged, he was carrying only two rifles and two shotguns. These were placed in the storeroom of the barracks, as soldiers are not allowed to have private weapons in their possession at the Presidio.
    Sometime later, Hills met Manuels and Manuels told Hills that his home had been burglarized. Hills recalled seeing Napier with the bundle and later with the weapons
    and told Manuels he suspected Napier of being the thief. At the request of her father, Miss Manuels went to the Presidio and was conducted into the storeroom where she readily identified the weapons as those belonging to her father.
    On his own behalf, Napier testified that while he was in Monterey he met a Mexican who could speak but little English. The Mexican offered to sell him the weapons and
    he agreed to purchase them. He said that he paid the Mexican fellow the sum of $15.
    Justice Michaelis held Napier to answer after the weekend, including responding to how the sack of belongings found beneath the barracks got there. In default of bail,
    Napier was returned to jail. The trial continues Monday.

    Grove man judged incompetent
    In the Superior Court of California, a ruling has been handed down in the matter of the guardianship of the person and estate of Daniel Hadley. The Court ruled that the aforementioned person is an incompetent2.
    The Court further authorized the Samuel Moreland, Guardian of the incompetent’s estate, to sell at private sale all real estate belonging to the incompetent, to wit: Lots 26, 28, and 30 of Block 45 of Pacific Grove as surveyed and recorded in July, 1875. Anyone interested in entering a bid for such property, one lot or all, should be in contact with Mr. Moreland.

    Learn pharmacy now!
    The California College of Pharmacy has announced that it is accepting applications from hopeful students for the term beginning in September. It is hoped that several
    young people from the Grove will number among the applicants for 1912. The College was organized in 1872. Educated drug clerks are in high demand and are paid $100 to $125 monthly for services. For announcements containing full particulars write at once to Dean Frank Green at Affiliated Colleges, San Francisco3.

    Grove store closing
    The proprietor of the Egyptian Art Store has announced that he is closing his business forthwith. All merchandise must be sold within three months, so prices are steeply discounted. Such items as antique jewelry, cameos, corals, ambers, and mosaics are included. The store is located at 519 Lighthouse avenue, next to Tuttle’s drug store in the Grove. Stop by and take a look at what is available.

    Study mush at Burlingames
    Burlingames grocery of Pacific Grove is offering free classes Saturday beginning every two hours from 8 am until 8 pm. The subject is mush. The instructor is Chef R. J. Brunham, here from Henry O’s, a famous Chicago hotel’s eatery.
    Chef Brunham promises to tell his students about the valuable properties of grains, focusing on wheat, barley, and oats. He will then discuss the means of preparing the grains for cooking, including grinding, mashing, pounding, rolling, or granulating. Brunham will insist that every grocer knows that his success depends on keeping a good stock of high-trade brands that are pleasing to his customers. That’s why grocers feature three kinds of mush: wheat flakes mush, rolled oats mush, and granulated wheat mush. Preparing them in different, delicious ways is a snap. Eating mush for breakfast is a fast, easy way to improve your family’s health.
    Plan now to attend. These classes are sponsored by the Carnation Company.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • The New Grove Suit Cleaning & Laundry Co. is now open at 301 Fountain avenue, Pacific Grove. Work promptly called for and delivered.
      Calls of need are promptly attended to by J. A. Pell, Undertaker and Embalmer. Free use of parlor for funerals. Visit us to pre-plan at 131 Forest avenue, or ask the operator for Main 273.
    • A lot suitable for camping or a small cabin is free with your paid subscription for six months of the Pacific Grove Review. You pay only legal fees for the lot.
      Mr. and Mrs. J. Oldnight, from Austin, Texas, are staying at the Del Monte while
      visiting Pacific Grove friends.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Why not stay warm and comfortable; you’ll live 10 years longer than otherwise. The Serra Building Co. is offering Redwood saw dust and shavings at 15¢ per sack. Pine kindling is priced at six sacks for $1. Pick up at the foot of Seventeenth street, opposite the bath house. Ask for S. J. Tice, manager.
    • Stay at the Alpine House when you travel to San Francisco, and save. All rooms have been improved by new owners. Catch the Kearny streetcar from the S. P. depot to Pine. Rooms cost only $1.50 per night (with private bath) or $1 per night (with shared bath at end of hall). O’Brien and Hamilton, proprietors.
    • The best quality of paint and wall paper are available at Phillips & Lawrey. Bronzed or gilded parlor paper, open-cut or corner-cut. Priced per double-roll size. 21¢ each.
    • Enjoy six loaves of freshly baked bread from the Grove Bakery. 50¢.

    Author’s Notes
    1. The term “stuff of value” is a direct quote used in reconstructing this article. It is far too vague for this journalist to recommend employing today.
    2. Legally at the time, an “Incompetent person” was not of sound mind or was mentally impaired, hence unable to make decisions.
    3. The first pharmacist (pharmacology) school was established in 1847, in recognition of the need to understand how drugs and poisons produced their effects. In 1913, working in pharmacology required no degree. Today (since 2003), a Doctorate of Pharmacology is required.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 17, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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