• High Hats and Parasols, March 1st, 2013

    Petite Pajaro to boom
    The petite village of Pajaro will soon become the greatest railroad center south of San Francisco …  if current plans of the Southern Pacific come to pass.  At present, Southern Pacific is waiting for approval of the proposed plans from the California Railroad Commission. The plan includes the laying of at least 19 new tracks and use of what is called Alison road as thoroughfare. The railroad also proposes to install “passing” tracks.  P. A. Farley, J. J. Horrigan, Peter Storm, Matt McGowan, and J. E. Trafton compose the Commission’s committee. At the moment, it looks like clear sailing for the plan.  Congratulations, Pajaro!

    Buick a gift
    The report is making its way around the Grove that Ralph Olmstead was presented with a handsome Buick auto mobile on Monday evening by about a baker’s dozen of good friends who gathered at his home to join in celebrating his birthday. Whether this is true or not we do not know, but what we do know is that Olmstead is now proudly exhibiting a new auto mobile. Those who allegedly put up the cash, declare neither make nor number1 can be found on the auto mobile. Ralph is being encouraged to enter with his new vehicle in one of our weekend races. Ralph has made no comment as of this printing. He seems to favor luxury and comfort over speed.

    Christian diversities
    The New Christian Endeavors group is hosting a meeting every Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:30, to teach lessons from the Bible. The meetings are held in changing homes of host members. This week’s meeting is in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Anderson. The group invites the public to attend.  “Acting Like A Christian” is this week’s principal topic.

    If everyone told the truth
    Many interesting books have been written about what would happen if everyone told nothing but the truth to everyone else. It is shown in such books that man tends to lie a lot and that the truth is a rare commodity more often than not. What do men lie about? Just about everything, from the size and number of fish caught last weekend to the number of lifetime days spent without getting sick and missing work. To begin at home, whoever stands on a scale without fudging the weight? At the office, who does not proclaim being the most proficient at numbers and shorthand? Around town, who does not proclaim having never missed a vote? And what man has not stretched the truth now and then when speaking to his wife? So I ask again, what would happen if every man started telling the truth? Good things, I think. So give it some thought and give up lying and that is the truth of the matter.

    Mrs. J. P. Kindley improving
    Mrs. J. P. Kindley has been informed that she is shaking off the illness that has kept her locked up within a San Francisco hospital these past three weeks. Mrs. Kindley has notified your editor that she is looking forward to returning to the Grove and being with friends and family once again.

    Demonstration ends with bang.
    When salesmen are asked what they do, most answer that they attempt to sell designated merchandise to stores or people within a designated territory. That was certainly the case with Mr. Jake Budstone Monday evening, past. Mr. Budstone planned to sell a chemical named HTH promised to purify and sweeten outdoor privies. Mr. Budstone intended to offer lemonade to the crowd, but a portion of the sugar and water got inadvertently spilled into the HTH. The result was a slow-reacting, volatile mixture. This concoction brewed in its jar while Budstone blithely explained the value of HTH. Suddenly the unintentional mixture glowed white-hot and exploded. Much lemonade hit the floor. Many of the onlookers were slightly wounded by flying shards of glass. Most proclaimed that they would prefer the odor of their privy to risking another explosion. Alas, Mr. Budstone made few sales.

    Delegates arriving
    Delegates continued to arrive in the Grove to participate in the Northern California Conference of Congressional Churches which will be held all week long next week. The local church plans to host about 120 of these delegates. These stay-overs are Congregational deacons and members. Pastors will be segregated elsewhere


    • Miss Esther Myers of the Grove was given a gala birthday party by her parents. Eighteen close friends attended.
    • Watch our window for all the latest sheet music for popular tunes. C. J. Moyes at 221 Forest.
    • We will build your next home just the way you want.  Standard Home Builders.

    And the cost is …

    • New prices on Mazda electric  “Sunbeam” lamps at Culp Bros: $4.75 each.
    • Make your own pictures. Our folding hand cameras delight the amateur photographer. $13.75 complete. Long & Gretner.
    • Own your own town toy billiard table. $6.25 at A. A. Phillips.

    Author’s notes

    1. Purchasers of auto mobiles were issued a state number which they were expected to reproduce as a sign or placard and attach to the car. These preceded license tags.
    2. Buick is today the nation’s longest enduring, constantly active car maker. The first model of Buick made for sale was assembled in 1904. In 1913, Buick was the second-most prestigious among American cars (Cadillac was first). Many car-buyers swore by Buick, as did your author’s grandfather. The full name in 1913 was the Buick Marquette. The name Marquette was dropped in 1930.
    3. H. T. H. is still used in rural areas maintaining privies.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 1, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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