• High Hats and Parasols, May 12th, 2012

    Alm shot dead
    The inquest hearing of William E. Ward, a farm worker accused of killing Frederick Alm, a local butcher, resulted in a “let’s go to trial” finding against Ward.
    The incident followed a jealous quarrel which has lasted for some time and which came to a climax at about 1 o’clock on a recent Sunday afternoon.  William Ward fired several shots into Fredrick Alm with a rifle, killing him almost instantly.  After the shooting, Ward traveled to Bradley, thinking to escape, but eventually gave himself up.  He was later returned to Monterey County and is being held in the county jail.
    There were two sides to the story of the murder―one told by Ward himself and the other told by Miss Violet Edrington, the 14 year old step-daughter of the murdered man who was a witness of the tragedy.
    Ward stated that Alm had been threatening and quarrelsome for unspecified reasons.  Expecting trouble, he hid a spare .22 caliber rifle near the Ward household and carried with him a 30-30 rifle with the intention of hiding it in the black smith shop.  During his act of hiding the weapon, Alm angrily fell upon Ward with a club.  Ward, in self-defense, shot him repeatedly.
    “Not so,” claimed the step-daughter.
    The young woman attested that there would be found a flesh wound in Ward’s back.  Miss Edrington claimed that Ward shot first, and when Ward began shooting, she rushed to the defense of her step-father, stabbing Ward in the shoulder with a small, purse knife.  Ward disregarded the attack, shook off the young woman, and continued shooting, inflicting four ugly wounds into the head and body of Fredrick Alm.  Sheriff’s  Deputy H. E. Davis escorted Ward into a side room, removed his shirt, and affirmed that he bore an injury resembling a small knife wound.
    Another shading of the story emphasized a long, romantic quarrel which ended in the homicide.  This version alleged that Alm had discovered that Ward had entered into a illicit relationship with Alm’s wife, and this angered Alm.  Another version had Ward swooning over the 14 years old step daughter, and carrying on spooning with the young Violet Edrington, which infuriated Alm. 1
    Whatever the true circumstance, Alm had a wife and six children now to be considered.  The date of trial will be announced.

    Telephoning to the country
    The City and the County are now bound together by the telephone line, as is most of the rest of the country.  The farmer and his family use the rural telephone constantly, calling up each other for pleasant tidings, to inquire about weather, and to swap information.  City people also find the telephone of great advantage.  A traveler from his room in the hotel talks with the folk miles away.  Everyone may travel far and still talk with those at home over the long distance lines of the Bell system.  Without the telephone, this would not be possible.  For service, talk with a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company representative.  Every Bell Telephone is the center of the entire system! 2

    Pay up now and avoid trouble
    Dog taxes for 1912 are now due and payable.  Male dog tags cost one dollar.  Female tags cost two dollars.  If your dog is caught running around and impounded, it will cost you one dollar for our trouble and one dollar each day the dog is held in addition to paying the regular tax.  It is cheaper to pay up ahead of time and avoid trouble.  D. B. Rich, tax collector.

    Highland strawberry jam is the best
    This brand of jam undoubtedly has the finest flavor of any on the market today.  Highland is made from berries selected from among freshly gathered fruits that are just exactly ripe enough and not too ripe.  We have handled this jam for several years and it has always given excellent satisfaction, and while the jars are slightly smaller than those used by other brands, the superior quality makes up for that.  Grocer F. J. Wyeth generally sells Highland Strawberry Jam for 25¢ a jar, but during the month of May will reduce the price to 20¢.  Remember!  Your credit until payday is good at F. J. Wyeth.  Just sign your chit!

    Snippets from around the area…

    • It’s music, music, music!  All at C. J. Moyes, 221 Forest avenue.  Out-of-store selections can be obtained in two to three days.
    • The Pacific Grove Garage on Grand avenue above Lighthouse, is located in a fireproof structure.  It is the largest, safest, best equipped garage in Monterey County.  We want your business and we guarantee satisfaction.  Tell us what your problem is and we will provide an estimate for fixing it right up.  H. Peterson, proprietor.
    • The Cypress Rebecca Lodge No. 75 meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Scoble Hall.  This notice posted by Emma C. Long, NG, and Abbie S. Bigger, secretary.
    • What does the Monterey County Gas & Electric Co sell?  Electric energy?  Gas?  Appliances?  All of these, but there is much more.  Monterey County Gas & Electric Co sells service!

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Front shoe repair can fix your shoes as good as new.  Entire soles and heels replaced for 85¢.  Why risk blisters breaking in a new pair of shoes?
    • Roth-Coney of Pacific Grove is offering the finest Wm. Rogers silver ware.  Compare ours with theirs.  Yale berry spoons sold in plush, satin cases.  $1.23 each. 3
    • All day tours of 17 Mile Drive.  Price for a comfortable seat in the carriage and lunch, $1.25.  Make your reservations at the J. M. Garner stables on Fountain.
    • The Bank of E. Cooke Smith is now paying 4% on savings.  Free safe deposit box with your newly-opened savings account.  Otherwise, a safe deposit box is $2.50 per year.
    • Imported kippered herring, 25¢ a tin at the Hendricks’ Grocery on Lighthouse avenue.
    • We offer 200 rooms and 100 baths at the Hotel Cadillac in San Francisco.  Operated by the Trewella-Kendall Company, A. T. Kendall, Manager.  American plan with afternoon cocktails and three delicious meals, $3.50.  European plan with no meals, $1.50.  Private bath, $1 extra.  From the ferry, catch the Turk and Eddy street car.  You will be delivered to our front door.

    Author’s Notes

    1. If Violet Edrington ever “spooned” with William Ward, she refused to publicly admit the fact.
    2. Earlier, telephone exchanges were small, linked circles of neighborhood telephones with one of the customers acting as operator.  Pacific Telephone & Telegraph (and other companies) were buying up these mini-exchanges as quickly as possible.  Bell Telephone & Telegraph resulted eventually.
    3. A “berry spoon” was flatware (table ware) used in dipping berries and juice from a large, center bowl into smaller, individual side dishes.

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


    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 12, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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