• High Hats and Parasols, January 22, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    The condition of our Grove school students worries principal
    Trustee Charles R. Cushing informed this newspaper that the enrollment of students in our schools in Pacific Grove now numbers 383. Of this number, twenty-four are at present absent by way of being confined to their homes by illness.
    Worried about a serious bout with disease, Principal A. J. Metzler visited each absent student at the child’s home1. His visitations revealed that none are suffering from a serious illness. All indicated intending to return to classes within a few days. Their parents described the children as convalescent.
    During the holidays, the school house floors and walls were scrubbed and rooms were all disinfected to remove any possible contagion. The school board agreed that the rooms would be disinfected once weekly for the remainder of the school year.

    Mrs. Schulte struck by train
    Mrs. Mary Schulte, mother of R. M. Schulte, narrowly escaped death on Sunday morning. She was walking along the railroad track toward the center of Pacific Grove
    when the woman was struck by a passenger train.
    A later interview with her son revealed that Mrs. Schulte is quite deaf. While being
    doctored, Mrs. Schulte agreed by sign that she had not heard the approaching train even though the horn was continuously sounding. The engineer had seen the woman in time to apply his emergency brakes and the train was almost at a standstill when it struck Mrs. Schulte. Her injuries were deemed not overly serious and she was returned to her home after being carried to a Pacific Grove physician for treatment.
    Full recovery is expected in a matter of weeks.

    Vaudeville this evening
    Mssr. Frank Earle, the versatile and comely black-face2 and song-and-dance artist made his bow to a Pacific Grove audience last night. Earle’s turn on stage is quite something for our little city, and is extremely pleasing to all who step inside the U.S. Theater3. Probably the first song-and-dance and clog dancing ever seen in the Grove proper was presented last night by Mr. Earle. The audience showed their appreciation by continuous applause. One does not see much of old-time black face, not even in the large cities, which fact makes this turn of Earle’s on the local boards all the more appreciated. This weekend, Earle intends to offer another program that should be of interest to all Grovians, even those who have previously attended his show. The program is one
    to amuse, rather than one to instruct, so wear your laughing clothes and come prepared to be highly entertained. The curtain rises at 7:30 sharp. Doors open at 7.

    Lace House coupons available
    Mrs. H. M. Nye, proprietor of the Lace House, has made arrangements with the Pacific Grove Review to publish coupons at hidden locations in the newspaper. Each
    coupon, which will have a value of 10¢, can be redeemed as payment on merchandise purchased at the Lace House. Be certain to scour the paper for these concealed coupons as they will be valuable.

    Neuralgia strikes
    A severe episode of neuralgia4 of the heart struck the Grovian Mr. A. Hanta about 11 o’clock Monday evening. Dr. W. T. Jamison was immediately summoned. After examining the patient, Dr. Jamison began treatment. A short while later, the doctor pronounced the immediate danger as over. He expects Mr. Hanta to recover and he anticipates no long-term effects. Mr. Hanta plans to remain at home for several days for rest and recuperation.

    Around town…

    • Pacific Grove Mason’s Lodge will meet on Thursday evening in Work Company
      Hall for the installation of officers.
    • Will the person who borrowed the book “One Thousand American Fungi” by H.
      Mulvane please return it to the Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove. The
      Museum’s Librarian, Miss Jeannette Murray, is in pressing need of this volume.
    • The Women’s Christian Temperance Union met Monday with Mrs. Suzie Wiley
      serving as chair. The Union considered the values of the Pacific Improvement
      Company and the Pacific Grove Trade Council as being of worth to the community

    For sale or rent…

    • Customers purchasing at least $2.50 worth of merchandise will also receive one
      ten pound sack of Summit Snow Flour at no cost.
    • Souvenir post card albums, cloth and board, available for 95¢ each from the
      Golden Rule Bazaar.
    • Completely furnished, seven room home for rent. Located at 220 Forest
      Avenue. Must pass strict review. Children acceptable if well behaved. $45 by
      the month for six months.
    • Kerosene stoves offer better cooking than wood. Two burners with oven. $17.55.
    • A Double-barrel, muzzle-loading, buck-n-ball shotgun. Laminated steel barrel.
      Polished walnut stock. Bar locks. 12 gauge. German manufacturer. Carefully
      handled. My price is $19, firm. C. J. Wellingham.
    • The resident living at 412 Willow will be pleased to remove your trash and garbage
      for you. Paper and pencil on porch table for leaving orders. 15¢ per container. Will
      provide estimate on bigger jobs.
          1. In 1910, Authorities were worried about another flu epidemic.
          2. Blacks were not then permitted to perform in front of a white audience. The on-stage places of blacks were taken by whites who blackened their faces (hence the term black face), generally with burned cork.


          3. The U. S. Theater was an emptied store with folding, wooden chairs.


          4. Neuralgia was defined in 1834 as an acute paroxysmal pain radiating along the course of one or more nerves.


        5. The kerosene, which flowed to the burner by gravity, was contained in a glass jar at the back of the stove.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 22, 2010

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