• High Hats and Parasols, March 19, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    Storm leaves roads unusable
    One thing can be said that is for certain. The recent series of storms have left our roads in deplorable condition.
    From Salinas, we learn that all corridors southward are temporarily impassable. From Los Angeles, roads are open northward to Santa Barbara, but are closed from
    there. One bridge across the Santa Maria river is nearly gone and it will be several weeks before it can be repaired. All bridges between San Obis Obispo and Salinas
    are either heavily damaged or out. It is impossible to go over these roads by auto mobile. Horse travel subjects rider and mount to swirling floods. Travelers are encouraged to consider only passage by steamship during the wintry interim.

    Speaks out for “city beautiful”
    The Civic Club held its regular meeting in the club house Monday afternoon.
    Professor James Bartlett of Los Angeles had been invited here to be the keynote speaker. Bartlett, disappointed none, giving a very interesting talk on forestry and arboriculture. He praised the beautiful forest for which Pacific Grove is famed. It should be without saying, Bartlett noted, that these trees should be preserved. Everything possible must be done to make certain that the Grove remains a city beautiful.
    Following the Bartlett address, Cecil Brettner praised the message and encouraged the women present to prod their husbands and suitors to get involved in keeping things attractive. He reminded all that the directors of the Civic Club had approved a bond issue to raise money for protecting forests by purchasing fire-fighting and storm-water dispersal equipmentI
    In closing the meeting, Mrs. J. P. Pryor reported that the Pacific Improvement Company has promised the club that sixteen radiators will be installed within the club house.

    Rules set for oleomargarine
    As the “butter battle” continues to rage, many governments are supporting butter by taking sides and setting rules for the marketing of oleomargarine. Here in California, for instance, oleomargarine cannot be masqueraded as butter; no yellow food coloring can be added. Oleomargarine must retain its whitish color. Containers in which oleomargarine is sold must clearly indicate that the content is neither Jersey nor Holstein butter, but is rather some form of vegetable concoctionII

    New rifle for army
    The mobilization of United States troops preparing to move to the Mexican border has come as quite a blessing for the Springfield, Massachusetts, armory. That manufactory of weaponry has received from Washington notice that its new rifle has given good notice of itself, and is to be adopted by the army. In the event of hostilities, the foes of Uncle Sam will be likely to receive a series of unwelcome surprises in the form of our use of this deadly weapon. It is said that the rifles have an effective firing range of one mile with accuracy, and five miles with limited accuracy. Troops at the Presidio of Monterey are eagerly awaiting the first shipments of their new weaponryIII

    Notes from around the area…

    • The funeral for the late Mrs. Hannah Morden is planned for Wednesday, 2 pm, at the
      Methodist church. Rev. Leslie Burwell will serve as the officiating clergy.
    • The Congregational Parsonage group invites all to their Wednesday evening meeting.
    • A silver offering will be taken for the benefit of the sidewalk fundIV
    • F. J. Wyeth the Grocer sells only genuine Blue Ribbon Creamery Butter, no imitations. Buy where your credit is always good.
    • I cure all sick shoes, no matter how ill. Dr. William Davidson, shoe repairist at Holman’s Department Store shoe clinic.

    The cost of living…

    • First-class laundering at the Grove Laundry, where everything is antiseptic.
    • Man’s cuffs and collars, 15¢ each item. Corner of 12th and Lighthouse. Phone Red 421.
    • Subscriptions to the Youth’s Companion magazine now being offered door-to-door.
      $1.30 for a full year, delivered by mailV
    • A furnished cottage, bungalow style, is ready for summer-season rental. Three
      rooms. View of the shore. We can adjust cost slightly to fit your needs. Original asking rental, $22.50 month. Let’s negotiate.
    • The Coffee Club will hold its second annual “Cream Pie Sale” on Saturday. All
      cream pies are homemade. Get yours for 10¢ per slice of pie. For an entire pie,
      75¢. A cup of coffee is 5¢ extra.

    Author’s Notes
    I One hundred years ago, organizations often used bond issues as a fund-raising
    ploy. The bonds would be “sold” to friends and members of the group. The author has found no mention of just how “profitable” such bond purchases proved.
    II Only Jersey and Holstein farmers were adequately organized and rich enough
    to fight back against the wealthy oleomargarine interests. Many state governments, not to mention the federal government, tried to support the dairy industry
    by taxing oleomargarine sales. However, consumption grew in spite of this.
    By 1911, 140 million pounds of oleomargarine were being sold annually. Of
    special interest, oleomargarine had soared to popularity in 1869 after the French
    emperor, Bonaparte Napoleon III, announced a contest open to those who could
    make a substitute for butter to be consumed by the military and sold to poor
    citizens. The contest was won by a chemist, Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès, who soon
    sold his patent rights to an American conglomerate.
    III The rifle referred to is the Springfield Model 1903. This weapon, the adoption of
    which was rushed along by problems with Mexico, became the standard United
    States weapon during World War I. The maximum range of five miles seems,
    however, a bit of an aggrandizement.
    IV In 1911, Pacific Grove enjoyed few paved roads, fewer paved sidewalks. The
    laxness of the town council prompted private citizens to take up the cause.
    V Youth’s Companion was the magazine responsible for the introduction of our
    United States “Pledge of Allegiance”.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 19, 2010

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