• High Hats and Parasols, July 14th, 2012

    Mosquitos undesirable in park

    Caledonia Park is public property.  In deciding what its public use shall be, the wish of a majority of all the people and of all those who have some specialized interest should be considered.  For instance, tennis.  Tennis is the only decent sport the Grove can make available to its general public.  All who wish to play tennis―both beginners and the more advanced―should be able to do so.  Children should not be excluded either.

    Our resident tennis players, especially the younger set, are numerous enough to make it interesting for any visitor who wishes to watch play in progress to do so at the proposed courts in Caledonia Park.  All that are needed will be a few benches.  Still, there remains quite a vocal small group of persons who buzz around like mosquitos trying to keep Caledonia pristine, or so they say, a virgin forest if you will.  Thus, the pro-tennis population is busied scratching at mosquito bites.

    Whatever could be more delightful that the calling voices of children and adults at play?  Why don’t the winged, anti-Caledonians give up their blood-thirsty antics?

    Mighty cleaner cleans carpets best

    Culp Bros. is sponsoring demonstrations of the very latest method of keeping homes whistle clean.  Called “vacuum cleaning”, this super system requires only a pair of willing hands.  One of those hands controls the cleaning device, which resembles a broomstick stuck into a sizable jug, while the other hand rotates a lever, like a hurdy-gurdy man, to create the vacuum which sucks up dirt and grime.  It sure beats hanging carpets on the yard line for a good beating … and stands head over toes better than a broom.  Stop by Culp Bros. and try your hands with vacuum cleaning.  You will want to take a unit home. 1

    Fisherman scores big catch

    When L. A. Mead and a friend, Joe Sweeny, decided to go down the coast a bit for some fishing, the men did not comprehend the full extent of their trip.  Mead said that no matter the bait used, the fish were biting as fast as the men could get hooks into the water.  By the time the fishermen pulled ashore to have the fish processed, they had filled several lines.  While a Mexican worker prepared the catch, Mead and Sweeny stepped into a cantina to sip some tequila.  Their boat at last loaded, the men headed for home, finally dropping anchor in Monterey Bay.  They brought with them several kegs of fish, some on ice and some salted.  Mead said that if any of his Grovian friends are hungry for fish, stop on by.  Mead and friend have set the price at 5¢ a pound, filleted.

    Birthday surprise

    Mrs. N. F. Gates was most pleasantly surprised on the occasion of her birthday this week.  In the afternoon, several of her friends came to her home on 14th street to express congratulations and extend best wishes.  Mrs. Gates’ daughter, Mrs. Houghton, served dainty2 refreshments and punch.  Miss Lena Laughlin added to the celebration of the afternoon by playing several beautiful piano selections.

    Convention of library trustees

    The Second District Convention of the California Library Association was held in Monterey on Thursday with the following delegates and library trustees present: I. M. Crawford (San Mateo); James Gillis (Sacramento); M. E. Jones (Burlingame); Charles Satterback (Monterey); Mary Barnby (Oakland); Minerva Waterman, Tillie Coltz, and Dorothy Atkinson (all from Santa Cruz); May Barshinger (Gilroy); Anna Jones, A. E. Hunter, Jeanette Stagg, W. F. Smith, and Rev. L. M. Burwell (all from Pacific Grove).

    Miss Minerva Waterman read a paper on advertising the public Library.  She contended that while there are many ways of advertising, the best way is through the newspapers.  Miss Inez Crawford followed waterman by reading a paper addressing the relationship of the library to the public school.  Another paper was about using juveniles to work in small places, presented by Mrs. Whitbeck.  A general discussion of library matters followed.

    Snippets from the area!

    • Mrs. Thomas Way of Ontario, Canada, is spending a few weeks in the Grove visiting with her cousin, Mrs. C. E. Shields.
    • J. K. Paul has just received a shipment of fine tapestries and other rugs.  Both the price and quality are right.
    • Save money!   Buy booklets of bread coupons from the Grove Bakery.
    • House painting and other casual labor by the hour or the job.  Apply at 315 Laurel avenue.
    • Horse and pony training by an expert.  Also, grooming and general boarding.  Phone Red 355.
    • Gentlemen!  Get yourself fitted for a new suit.  Your money returned if we fail to please you.  Come in and have your measure taken at 138 17th street.
    • The Pacific Grove Board of Trade will meet Wednesday evening at 7:30.  Officers for the coming year will be selected at that time.
    • The Pacific Grove Review did not publish on the 4th of July.  It has been made the custom of this paper to remain unpublished on holidays because your editor needs his rest.  To all of you who inquired, a big thank you!

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Never mind that it is now quite cool in the Grove while the weather simmers just east of us.  It is not too late to rent a cottage and enjoy a pleasing vacation.  Strong & Camp Real Estate is offering one-room bungalows for $15 weekly.
    • Young Grovians are seeking new subscribers to Youth’s Companion, now a family magazine.  When a youngster comes knocking on your door, please give this periodical a try.  $1.25 for the year, postage included.
    • The Grove Laundry will give your clothing an antiseptic treatment.  Collar and cuffs washed and starched, 15¢.

    Author’s Notes

    1. It is not known how many vacuums Culp Bros. had in stock for the demonstrations, but it was reported that the store sold out.
    2. “Dainty” refreshments were finger sandwiches and the like.
    3. “Antiseptic laundering was the Grove Laundry’s new promise to its customers.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 14, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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