• High Hats and Parasols, Novermber 19th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    The Grove’s high school alum meet
    The twelfth annual winter-gathering of the Pacific Grove Alumni Association was held at the Pacific Grove Hotel this past Monday evening.
    The table was arranged in the form of a T in the large dining room and settings were placed for forty. The decorations were pink and green, which are the class colors of this year’s seniors. Palms, hanging baskets, and Shirley poppies were present in profusion1.
    This year’s event proved one of the most successful thus far. The service turned out to be faultless. The menu was all that could have been desired. The Alumni association have a standing ovation in salute to the new management of the Pacific Grove Hotel.
    The out-going officers were Sara McGrorge, Leslie Fritz, Roy Meadows, Rena Meadows, and Claude Hayes. The incoming officers are Leslie Fritz, Georgia Doulas, Edith O’Bryan, Will Mayes, Charles Varien, and Elmer Goldsworth. The high school hymn was sung to close the event.
    After the ceremonies and banquet, several of the former students offered toasts. Among these were William Moyes (We’re all just out of the eggshell!), Charles Varien (What will I do to whom and how will I do it?), Sherman Woolf (We all have faith in the peninsula!), and Hazel Smith (Here’s to the final trial of a [school] newspaper editor.).

    Family of artists visits
    Mr. and Mrs. William Lemos and son stepped from a train Saturday morning. The family was then bussed to the Pacific Grove Hotel where they will be residing for the next several weeks.
    It is worth noting that the family lives in Santa Cruz where they have become locally famous. All three members are skilled artists who have turned many Santa Cruz scenes into oils. Their works have appeared in many tourist books.
    Now, the Lemos family intends to do the same for Pacific Grove. They plan first to make sketches. The pencil or charcoal drawings will then be converted to oils. Some of the oils are intended for sale to the Southern Pacific Railroad for inclusion in its monthly publication of “Visitable Places in the American West.”
    When asked if the family planned to also paint Monterey, Mr. Lemos said: “No. Monterey smelled too much to make it an attractive visitor option.”

    Firecrackers limited to Lovers Point
    Many individuals have adopted exploding fireworks as the best way to celebrate holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
    However, after the mélange of bangs and booms that occurred during the week of this past 4th of July, the Pacific Grove Trustees have taken action. Fireworks have been outlawed in all segments of the Grove, with one exception: Lovers Point.
    All parties violating the law by exploding fireworks at any location within the city except Lovers Point will be liable to fine and imprisonment2.

    Special program this week at D’s Theater
    Three big feature subjects and several high-class comedies make up an excellent program this week at D’s living films theater.
    The Model gives you a variety of brightly-colored pictures, made by a Pathé technique just developed. The story comprises a well-plotted drama with everything to recommend it3. Roller Skating gives a splendid view of the world’s champion roller skater, showing some astonishing jumps and other feats.
    The Cowboy and the Squaw is a western drama. In this picture, the main incidents were obtained from actual happenings.
    There follows an entire reel of excellent comedy which caps as fine a program as you will ever witness. Come early. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is 25¢

    St. Mary’s by the Sea has many generous friends
    There never was a church more fortunate in receiving gifts than St. Mary’s by the Sea, Pacific Grove.
    Through the noble generosity of Lucius D. Stone, at that time a resident in the Grove, the church’s Guild received the first organ, the bell, the furniture, and the crimson carpet. The cushions in the seats were presented by another “friend” whose name is not made public. The chancel rail of oak and bronze was given by Grace Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The altar linen came from Mrs. Louver. Mrs. F. G. Nagle of Denver gave the altar cross and altar vases in memory of her mother. The beautiful Bible came from Mrs. Vermehr and the Prayer book for the altar from Mrs. Taft.
    St. Mary’s by the Sea wishes to express its thanks to all its many benefactors.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Shorthand is now being taught by an instructor from the Heald College campus in Santa Cruz. One day each week will make you a shorthand writer. To register, contact
      Heald College or this newspaper office.
    • Get your currants for canning at Burlingame’s. Currants make delicious jam or jelly. The fruit is now ripe and luscious.
    • Monterey County Gas and Electric can provide its customers with new, gas stoves. Remember! There is no better way to cook than on a gas stove!
    • Rev. Dr. J. H. N. Williams has returned to the Grove from Green Valley, Sonoma County. Williams has been attending a camp meeting where he preached ten sermons
      during the four days of his visit.
    • Mr. and Mrs. J. Holmes welcomed an infant son into the world.

    The cost of living…

        • The Pacific Grove Bakery prides itself on fresh-baked bread. 15¢ a loaf or $1 for ten loaves.
        • Try the special blend of 25¢-a-pound coffee at Johnston Bros. & Campbell, groceries.
        • All kinds of household paint at Wright’s Hardware Store starting at 60¢ for a quart can.

    1. The Shirley poppy was first created in 1880 by Rev. William Wilks, vicar of the
    Shirley Parish in England. The vicar was also an amateur horticulturist. Wilks
    honored the flower, developed from wild poppies, with the name of his parish.
    2. In 1910, Lovers Point was much more isolated than it now is. Firecrackers
    exploded there would have been heard by but few.
    3. The Société Pathé Frères (Pathé Brothers Company), headquartered in Paris,
    France, was responsible for about 60 percent of the world’s movie-making and
    projection equipment in the early 1900s. In 1910, Pathé was experimenting with
    hand-colored moving pictures. The company was purchased by RKO in 1931.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 19, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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