• High Hats and Parasols, November 12th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    St. Mary’s by the Sea gifted seven times
    In 1896, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Hall McCormick exchanged wedding vows before the altar of St. Mary’s by the Sea. After returning to McCormick’s home in Chicago, the couple prospered—emotionally and financially—during the following years … a circumstance which they attribute to the blessing of the church of their nuptials.
    A decade and a half later, the McCormicks returned to the Grove, and to St. Mary’s, to renew their vows and to gift the church with the Biblical quota of seven offerings.
    McCormick specified the nature of each gift. The first was to fit the basement with a furnace. The second was to install electric lighting throughout. Thethird was to
    grade and gravel 12th street bordering church property. The fourth involved painting or staining the church inside out. The fifth called for replacing the pews. The sixth was to replace all hymnals and prayer books with new issues. The seventh involved replacing the window with La Forge opalescent glass1.

    New owners take over Grove Laundry
    The Grove Laundry has changed hands. J. C. Smith of San Francisco and R. C. Amatein of Portland have purchased the plant from H. E. Van Horn. The new proprietors are already in charge of the business.
    Both of the new owners are experienced laundrymen. Mr. Smith has been engaged in the laundry business for the past twenty years, and Mr. Amatein has also had a number of years experience doing laundry work. Mr. Smith was for seven years manager of the laundry in the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, where Mr. Amatein was also employed. There is no class of laundry work these two gentlemen cannot handle, and they can be counted on to do their work well.
    Messrs Smith and Amatein also take over the Troy laundry in Monterey which Mr. Van Horn also owned.

    One! Two! Three! Census Count Coming!
    For those who may have forgotten, it is 1910. The time for a complete enumeration of all the people is upon us once again.
    Our census is something that should give the people of the United States great pride as, when the initial census took place in 1790, we were the first nation to do so completely. Census counts around the world made earlier were of limited geographic areas and were generally undertaken solely for political purposes or improved tax-collections. Great Britain undertook a nationwide census in 1801. France tried compilations in 1800 and 1806, but failed on both occasions.
    The first United States census (1790) was somewhat limited. For example, only white people were included, and it made no attempt to secure data on occupation,
    birthplace, or marital situation. Age classifications were first included in the 1800 census.
    In the collection of data, not all individuals must actually be interviewed. A husband may supply information about his wife or a parent may supply information about children. After data collection, the written records are to be turned into printed books that are made available for purchase.
    All Grovians are urged to eagerly participate. The 1910 census will thus become the most inclusive ever2.

    Trustee Edward Berwick to wed
    Pacific Grove Trustee Edward Berwick left this morning for Los Gatos, where he is to be married tomorrow. The ceremony will be performed on the Rouse ranch near that city. His intended is Miss Marian Agnes Rouse. Afterward, the newlyweds will leave for Vancouver from where they will start a leisurely trip across country and thence to Europe. Upon their return, the couple will make their home at 345 Ocean View in the Grove.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Trustee Hill has been authorized to solicit bids for installing a public toilet in Greenwood Park and installing a railing along the sidewalk on the northerly side.
    • Marshal E. B. Rich reported the following collections: $6 wedding licenses, $24 plumbing fees, and $2 dog tax.
    • The funeral of the late Daniel Cox will be tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock in the parlor of J. K. Paul Undertaking on Lighthouse Ave. Services will be under the direction of Lucius Fairchild Post, Grand Army of the Republic. All veterans are requested to assemble at the T. A. Work Company hall at 9:30 so that they may attend the ceremonies as a body. This notice issued by T. R. Weaver, Commander3.

    The cost of living…

    • Several good solicitors are wanted to secure funds for the Feast of Lanterns fund. Solicitors receive 50¢ daily plus commissions. Apply to Mrs. J. A. Pell at 311 Forest
    • Judge W. H. Hill has received a number of blank hunter’s licenses from the California Fish Commissioner. Hunters may receive a license upon payment of $5.
    • Get ready for winter rain with a handsome man’s Macintosh coat. Double layered material. Detachable cape. Vent holes in underarm. Purchase your Mac at the Bazaar
      for $11.504.

    1. Cyrus McCormick, heir to the McCormick (reaper) Company fortune, was alleged by a young reporter of the era to have met, wooed, and wed his bride while McCormick was in California promoting the farm equipment developed by his grandfather. An interesting anecdote is provided by the fact that McCormick reapers were in court against a competitor, the Manny reapers, in 1855, professing patent infringement. Among the lawyers: Abraham Lincoln.
    2. In modern censuses, a “de jure” census records people according to their place of residence. A “de facto” census indicates where each spent the previous night without regard to residence.
    3. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a group composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War. The GAR was the first veteran’s advocacy voice.
    4. The Macintosh (abbreviated as Mac) is a rubberized raincoat first sold in 1824. The Macintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh. His early versions of the Mac were prone to melting in the sun, but this problem was in time corrected. Sherlock Holmes made the Mac famous.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 12, 2010

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