• High Hats and Parasols, November 5th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Jury finds Wilcox not guilty
    After a trial lasting more than three months, the jury found Grady J. Willock, a corporal of Company H, Eighth Infantry, Presidio, not guilty. Willock had been charged with the murder of Jose Parara, a Monterey fisherman. The jury, into whose hands the fate of Willock had been placed the day before, was locked in deliberations exactly twenty-four hours before they were able to agree upon a verdict.
    The crime for which Willock was tried was committed on the night of Sunday, April 3rd. Willock was paying court to Miss Marie Parara against the wish of Miss Parara’s brother, Jose, Parara, a Monterey fisherman, who accused Willock of inducing his sister to go into the rear rooms of Monterey saloons. He forbade Willock to pay
    further attention to his sister and, three nights prior to the shooting of Jose, the two men had a personal encounter. During this incident, Parara slapped Willock’s face and struck him two blows to the body. He concluded his assault by advising Willock that the next time he caught the couple together he would “do Willock grave bodily harm”*. Willock then purchased a revolver before his Sunday night date with Miss Parara. Jose found them out, whereupon he again attacked Willock. The young suitor pulled his revolver and shot Jose.
    It was a difficult case to decide, as was evidenced by their long deliberation, but the members of the jury finally determined that the shooting was done in self-defense. The major factor, jury members reported, was that Jose had threatened Grady beforehand.
    District Attorney Bardin prosecuted. B. A. Herrington defended.
    Willock told the press that he planned to complete his tour of duty, withdraw from the military, and return to his home in Kentucky. Because of the shooting, Willock
    said that he has no plans to continue dating Miss Parara.

    New road to Tahoe open
    This will come as welcome news to all who have invested in one of the newfangled auto mobiles. The new road to Lake Taoe via Auburn and Emigrant Gap has
    been completed.
    Long before the railroad line was laid, this was the road used by the Overland stage line. After the railroad became operational, use of the road dwindled away to almost nothing. It was not kept in good repair and the autoist who tried to follow it could count on his share of headaches. A bill was introduced and passed by the legislature declaring the portion of the old road between Emigrant Gap and Donner Lake a California state highway. During the past two years many thousands of dollars have been expended in putting this road in shape. Since recent completion of work, several touring parties have passed over the road on the way to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Along the way, the road passes through some of the old mining camps from ’49. It is one of the loveliest and most interesting drives in the entire state.
    Operators are advised to carry extra fuel.

    Great Military Tournament set
    Jason MacDuff of Tacoma traveled to the Grove to invite members of Young Men’s Christian Association affiliation to participate in the Great Military Tournament.
    These games will take place in the Tacoma high school stadium. MacDuff said that he wished to make it easy for every kojuff within reach of Tacoma to view or compete in the tournament.
    MacDuff reported that reduced rates for competitors had been arranged for rail transportation. He also stated that many may be kept away because Tacoma has a reputation of being short in housing and it’s hard to find a good place to eat**.

    Governor Folk at the Grove
    Former governor Joseph W. Folk arrived in the Grove today and he spent the greater part of his time after arrival in viewing the beauties of this vicinity. He was taken by auto mobile around the Grove, and then to Pebble Beach where his entourage paused for lunch. Folk state that his ride around the Pacific Improvement Company’s forest reservation was no less that spectacular. The governor was accompanied by his friend John Butler, Superior Court Judge V. V. Sargent, Dr. W. C. Evans, Rev. Thomas Filben, W. W. Gollin, and J. P. Pryor.

    Notes from around the area…
    • Have Sora feet? Wear Sora shoes and give up the pain. These shoes are
    manufactured to withstand every sort of weather. Try a pair at Buckingham and
    Hect Shoe Store.
    • J. A. Pell offers its spacious parlor for viewing and services. Ask the operator
    to connect you with Main 273 and our wagon will immediately call. We are
    located at 121 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.
    • Arthur Roberts thanks every one who did for their backing him as Constable of
    Pacific Grove.
    • Lost – A pair of gold-bowed spectacles. Finder please leave at the Review office
    or at the office of Dr. W. B. Grimes, 584 Lighthouse Avenue.

    The cost of living…
    • Roth-Coney Co. of Pacific Grove is offering Black Cat stockings for women and
    children. 15¢ per pair.
    • Take the Berryessa brand of Bytes peaches for 15¢ a can. Oliver Grocery.
    ª Special offering on Folger’s “Golden Gate” blend of coffee. Try a sample at
    Johnston Bros. & Campbell, then purchase for 25¢ a pound.

    * What was allegedly being done in the “rear rooms” of Monterey taverns was
    not noted in the news report. Many 1910 taverns operated gambling tables
    there. It seems unlikely that Grady, 26 years old, was offering his girlfriend as a
    prostitute; his personal credentials seem too polished.
    ** The “Military Tournament” involved pitting men and groups of men against
    each other in events once popular at medieval events. The author is at a loss to
    explain the term “kojuff”. It may have been a coined term.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 5, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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