• High Hats and Parasols, June 18th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Real men wanted!
    The United States Forest Service is looking to hire some fearless men to travel by train to Billings, Montana, for assignment from there to forest fire lines. Bill Shipley,
    regional chief, said this has been an unusually dry year and that fires are already blazing in the Bitterroot and Coeur d’Alene areas. Another fire is just getting under way near Spokane, Washington.
    Men who sign on will be provided tickets for train travel and given $1 a day for meals. To qualify, the prospective firefighter must have his own boots and be aware of the basics of fire fighting. Shovels, hoes, and other tools are the responsibility of the USFS.
    Linemen are paid 35¢ per hour. Tree-toppers get 45¢ and fire jumpers receive 55¢ per hour1.

    Voters approve new PG high school
    Now that Grove voters have expressed themselves during the recent election by showing support for a high school, the Review hopes that no time will be wasted getting this project underway.
    The bonds which were voted on bear a good rate of interest and problems with selling them should be minimal. By the time the bonds are sold, the school board should have solid plans in place so that construction can immediately begin. One square block of land has already been purchased to house the new school.
    Additional space should be looked upon as the epitome of the plan. In our present school, every room is fully utilized. Several classes have doubled up and a room must be shared. Some grades are occupying rented quarters located across the street from the school. These quarters are not what is needed to achieve the best results in school life.

    Good roads drive candidate’s platform
    Carrying out his plan for interlacing state roads, to be called the Great State Highways program, will be on the Republican candidate’s platform next November. This promise was made by Elmer Ellery, who was the GOP winner in the preliminary contest. Ellery is advocating a bond issue of $13 million to finance the work. Ellery also wants to place our state institutions on a better basis. “I did not seek to enter the fight for the Republican nomination for governor,” said Ellery following his return from a brief vacation. “My friends and others came to me and asked me to get into it, so now I am here to stay.”
    Ellery is currently serving as the state engineer under Gov. Gillett2.

    New postmaster appointed for Grove
    A notice from Washington city announced that James Harper, a Grovian, has been recommended by Congress for appointment as Postmaster for the mail zone of Pacific Grove. Mr. Harper has been connected with the Pacific Grove post office for the past nineteen years, and during eighteen years of that time has served as Deputy Postmaster.
    Harper is a competent and reliable gentleman and this newspaper congratulates him upon his appointment.
    Col. T. R. Weaver was also an aspirant for this office.

    PG boys win
    The Pacific Grove high school boys played basketball last Saturday afternoon. The team traveled to Monterey to engage in the contest. The final score was 17 baskets for Pacific Grove and 11 baskets for Monterey.

    Notes from around the area…

    • By applying the newly patented Creosote shingle paint, the shingles on your
      home will never crack. See J. M. Wright, authorized representative, at 165
      Eleventh Street.
    • Need to hire a girl to work at my candy store. Leave your name at the Review
      office. Willing to pay 20¢ an hour, to start.
    • Sergeant H. Pool passed away at the Presidio of Monterey early this morning3
    • The Treble Clef Club will offer a concert next week for the benefit of the
      homeless Congregational Church people. Mme. Freygang has graciously
      consented to sing again in this benefit concert4.
    • D’s Theater will screen more than 5,000 feet of film in its living pictures
      program for this week. 5,000 feet comprises a splendid lot of stories.
    • For sale or rent…
    • The Lace House is offering bargains in flannelette night dresses for girls and
      women. Mother Hubbard’s come with fronts of embroidered ruffle, rolling
      colors edged with embroidery, raised shoulders. $1.705.
    • Miss Evelyn Drew has some handsome suits for ladies now on display at 310
      Congress avenue. Hurry. The display is available for viewing for only three
      days. Priced from $3 to $4.756.
    • Embroidered tray cloths and dresser scarves at the right prices at the Golden
      Rule Bazaar. From 40¢ to $1.65.
    • The Fair Store features sporting goods this week. Quality lawn tennis rackets
      are only $2.30.
    • Spratt’s tonic pills for your dog. Cures disabilities rising from diseases. Eatable
      pills cost 75¢ a box and is a month’s supply. Work Store.

    1. In 1910, fire jumpers had nothing to do with newly-invented areoplanes or jumping out of them. Fire jumpers used devices like flame-throwers to light fires in front of the principal forest conflagration and create back burns. This was especially dangerous duty, hence the extra per-hour payment.
    2. A century ago, California roads were pathetic. The road between Monterey and Carmel was little more than a wagon trail. During rain, the Monterey-Salinas road muddied up so badly it became impassable. Reportedly, the railroads invested heavily in kick-backs and bribes to make certain roads remained in poor shape.
    3. The significance of Sgt. H. Poole and why he deserved even such a brief obituary notice has not been determined by this researcher. If one of our readers can help with a little information relating to Sgt. H. Poole, the assistance will be
    4. The “homeless” referred to were not individuals without homes. They were a congregation without a church. The group had been holding services in Scoble Hall, 17th and Lighthouse.
    5. Based on lyrics originally published in 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin, the title of this little story, which had Old Mother Hubbard going to the cupboard to fetch her dog a bone, became a popular trade name during the 1800s and early 1900s.
    6. Many product lines used a local representative to promote their goods. No merchandise would be sold at a viewing, but orders were taken for later shipping, somewhat in the order of a modern-day Tupperware party.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 18, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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