• High Hats and Parasols, October 15th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Pacific Grove trustees meet
    The trustees of Pacific Grove met Monday evening to consider several items of business. Mayor E. C. Smith presided.
    Mayor Smith noted that the question of electric lighting for the street in front of Mrs. W. Langford’s residence is now being considered. He remarked that the persistence of Mrs. Langford was surely responsible for the step forward. Mayor Smith stated that he had ordered the drawing up of a letter of agreement for the light.
    The letter was presented to the Monterey County Gas and Electric Company, which would provide power. It is now being considered by the company president who has
    promised a quick response.
    The bids for grading of Ocean View Avenue were opened. Two were submitted, which were T. A. Work Company, $17,380; and Pringle, Dunn, & Company, $19,300.
    The trustees unanimously approved awarding the contract to T. A. Work Company.
    Edward Simpson, president of the Board of Trace, presented a report showing that the Board had expended during the past year the sum of $286.80 for advertising.
    Mr. Simpson stated that a great many inquiries have been made by people who saw the advertisements and he thinks that the money was well expended. He noted that the number of visitors coming to Pacific Grove on holiday is increasing.

    Eucalyptus now available
    The venerable Eucalyptus, brought to California more than 50 years ago, is fast becoming a mainstay of Coastal California.
    Historically, Eucalyptus wood was used to make digeridoos, a traditional, Australian wind instrument. The pulp of branches is consumed by termites, and then hollowed until the bore is correct in size and shape. Dyes for silk and wool can be made from all parts of the trees by processing the plant part being used with water. Colors
    to be achieved range from yellow and orange through red, green, tan, and brown The material remaining after processing the dye can be used as mulch.
    It is hoped that Eucalyptus will be the basis for several industries, such as saw milling, pulp mills, toy making, furniture manufacturing, charcoal burning, and
    others. With eucalyptus, you stand in good shape to become a backyard entrepreneur1.

    Valley Ice comes to PG
    The Salinas Valley Ice Company has announced the opening of a new plant which will offer services to Pacific Grove and New Monterey.
    The ice produced by this enterprise, made from distilled water, can be counted on to be clean, sanitary, and wholesome. Few living in the Grove are familiar with Ice appearing in nature in such forms as snowflakes, hail, icicles, glaciers and pack ice. Nonetheless, ice is an important component of the globalk climate, plays an important role in the water cycle, and has become an important part of everyday living. Furthermore, ice has many cultural applications, from cooling drinks to ice sculpting.
    Salinas Valley Ice Company assures every customer of receiving a square deal.Delivery is free to any location in the Grove or New Monterey. Deliveries are made daily, but place your order one day before the ice is needed. Ask the operator to connect you with Main 324. Mr. J. W. Rogers is to serve as the local manager.

    Try your hand at “gentleman’s” farming
    The Monterey County Real Estate Exchange of Pacific Grove is offering a spread of 14 acres, easily accessible by train. The land is located near the railroad line, ½
    mile north of the San Martin Post Office on the Monterey Road. Included with the property is a grove of assorted fruit trees. Much land has been left in a natural state
    and is intertwined with walking trails. No house, but a small barn exists for storing implements and fruit. The property is listed as being worth $4,500, but has been reduced to $2,500 for quick sale. The owner will swap for property within the Grove or you may purchase for 10% down and a lengthy term for leisurely payments.

    Notice to PG homebuilders
    To encourage expansion, the Pacific Improvement Company is offering all purchasers of lots free rock and sand for building. You pay only the actual cost of
    hauling. Arrangements should be made with J. P. Pryor, General Agent for the P. I. Co.

    Notes from around the area…

          • Interested in improving your vitality? The Delicatessen, 219 Grand Avenue, has added salad-meals to its menu. You might also be inclined to try freshlybaked pies made without sugar and sweetened with fruit juices. Rhubarb is the specialty.
          • Certain berries are now at their best. Leave an order for what you want with Burlingame’s cashier.
          • Mrs. S. Clark, mother of Mrs. H. H. Willey, was stricken with apoplexy Monday and for a time her condition was quite serious. She is much improved today


          • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Humes from Nebraska are visiting Pacific Grove as the guest of Mrs. Elli Fisher. Mrs. Humes and Mrs. Fisher are sisters.

      The cost of living…

            • Fledgling eucalyptus plants, imported from Australia, can be purchased at 313 Lighthouse. Cost: 25¢ to $1 each. Visitors to the depository are welcome to browse.
            • Stop in at the Winston and enjoy your Wednesday or Saturday lunch featuring all-you-can-eat buttered brown bread, spicy potato salad, and Boston baked beans. 50¢. Beverage and dessert cost extra.
            • To raise funds, the city has recruited Mr. R. C. Butterforth to make blueprints of the official city map. These can be purchased for $1 each


            • Monthly bills incurred by the Pacific Grove village have been paid. The amount totaled $141.41.

        1. Eucalyptus was first brought from Australia by Sr. Joseph Banks, botanist on the Cook expedition. California became interested in importing the trees as an attempt to encourage new businesses. These efforts largely failed. Several Eucalyptus species have since become invasive and are causing major problems for local ecosystems. In Pacific Grove, Eucalypti were touted for perfuming the air, being made into oils, and helping replace the rapidly disappearing forest.
        2. Apoplexy, derived from the Greek apoplēxia, referred to a stroke.
        3. The fund-raising effort proved unsuccessful. Only a dozen copies of the large, blue-printed maps sold.

        posted to Cedar Street Times on October 15, 2010

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