• High Hats and Parasols, July 16th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Mayflower church burns to ground!
    The Mayflower Congregational Church is a mass of ruins, fire having broken out in the structure some time Sunday night, and then burned everything to the ground.
    Pacific Improvement Company watchman Frank Wilcoxsen spotted flames at about 4 o’clock this morning. Wilcoxsen at once ran to the engine house and sounded the alarm. Unfortunately, the electric lights had all been turned off at the power plant in Monterey. The firemen had to grope for their clothing in the dark and consequently they were not upon the scene as soon as they would have been during daylight conditions.
    The Mayflower Congregation was organized in 1892. During the year 1893, the church building was erected. In May, 1894, Mr. W. Ferrier took over as pastor. Ferrier
    released his position to the Rev. Dr. J. H. Goodall just a few months ago. Under the Rev. Goodall’s direction, a beautiful pipe organ had just been installed. A few books
    and folding chairs amounted to all that could be saved from within the church.
    Large sparks were carried a block or more away, where they fell upon the roofs of houses and, had the roof shingles been dry, a dozen or more auxiliary blazes might
    have begun. Fortunately, a heavy fog-mist precluded such from happening. Special efforts were made to save the church piano, but by the time the instrument was gotten partly through the door, the heat was so intense that the piano was abandoned on the threshold, where flames immediately consumed it.
    A fine, new stereopticon with about one hundred slides, provided by Mr. A. E. Bunker, were totally destroyed. The photo-viewing device had cost more than $3001

    Pacific Grove boys win basketball game
    The Pacific Grove boys High School basketball team was escorted into Monterey to fight a pitched battle on the basketball court. After several back-and-forths, the Grove five broke out on top and stayed there. This was the local squad’s first win of the season. Does it matter that their opponents were from the Monterey Grammar School?

    Wyeth contract let
    That it will be a handsome store is all but certain. Frank J. Wyeth has awarded a contract for placing a new and up-to-date front on his Forest avenue grocery. C. W.
    Van Horn won the bidding. Work will begin at once. Would-be bidders are now urged to save themselves the trouble. Bids will no longer be considered.

    The Lace House has second ad
    If you are seeking the Lace House ad in its normal place, you should look elsewhere. While ads will continue in the normal location after this week, the Lace House has also obtained a larger ad elsewhere. There, readers will find weekly bargains such as this week’s savings in flannelette night dresses, skirts, and all sorts of items for women.
    Take a look around the Review. See what the Lace House has to say!

    Unboard those windows!
    The Cruther’s cottage on 19th street is losing its boarded-up look. Owner Mrs. Cruthers has sent word to her maintenance crew that she wishes windows to be cleared
    away and the property prepared for occupation. Mrs. Cruthers advised the Review that she intends to return to the Grove from San Jose for an extended stay. The precise duration of Mrs. Cruthers visit has not yet been determined and her purpose is not yet known2.

    Travels the world
    Mr. M. J. Eugster, formerly of Pacific Grove, now travels the world to complete contracted work. Mr. Eugster, a graduate of Stanford University, is an engineer much
    in demand. Eugster’s latest work is being conducted from an office at the summit of an Alps pass.
    For several years, Eugster has been devising a plan to construct a funicular line up the Mont Blanc range from Chamonix to the Matterhorn. Travel will be aboard suspended cable cars. Eugster reported to the Review that his biggest problem has been securing financing, but that all required money has now been raised3
    Starting at the village of Pelerina, which is in the Chamoix valley, the “lift” will make three climbs (12,608 feet, 7,620 feet, and 11, 665 feet) and will travel evenly
    through forests and across glaciers.

    Notes from around the area…

    • The members of Mayflower Congregational church have made arrangements to
      hold their prayer meetings every Thursday evening at El Bethel Mission. The
      hour is set for 7:30, unless notice of change is provided.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Scholer, who live on Pacific avenue, have gone up to
      Berkeley to visit a daughter enrolled in the California university. The Shcoler’s
      will also visit several friends who have chosen to reside in that place.
    • J. C. Pryor, who is a candidate for city trustee, begs for you to consider him for
      your November vote.
    • Colonel Frank Johnson is prepared to make several flights aboard a Curtiss
      biplane from the Del Monte race track on Saturday and Sunday, next. The event
      is sure to attract a large crowd, so obtain tickets early.

    The cost of living…

    • Portable chicken houses are for sale at 825 Pine venue. These will make a
      bargain for someone at $5 per house.
    • D’s Theater will show a mile of living pictures tonight. It’s their biggest show
      yet and these big bills are decidedly attractive. 15¢ a seat.
    • Surrey for sale. My horse died and without a horse my surrey does me no good.
    • Collapsible leather gocarts are being sold by J. K. Paul’s furniture state. These
      are fine gocarts, and are sold at a bargain. Starting at $24.
    • George Shelton is offering new and used books at bargain-basement prices.
      Used from 15¢. New from $1. Come in and browse.

    1. The stereopticon was a projector for transparent slides which often had double lenses so as to produce views that dissolved one into the other.
    2. In 1910, Pacific Grove accommodated a large number of “part-time” residents. Crews were available to board and unboard cottages. Today, with the exception of corporate / temporary-rental properties, most homes are lived in year round and boarding-unboarding windows is no longer a requirement.
    3. Funicular refers to a cable railway ascending a mountain. Interestingly, Encyclopedia Britannica stated that the word was not in use prior to 1911. Yet, the Pacific Grove Review used the word in a most casual manner as early as 1910.
    4. Gocart racing was becoming a significant fad. The price of $2 seems a bit of a come-on, however. One could expect to pay between $12 and $25 for a substantial gocart.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 16, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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