• High Hats and Parasols, October 22nd, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Trustee Berwick could be reinstated
    PG trustee Edward Berwick is no longer a member of the Board of City Trustees, Pacific Grove, as he has been out of the state for more than 90 days without obtaining a leave of absence, opined the city attorney. Failing to procure leave of absence, Berwick’s term expired.
    This does not mean, however, that he will not again be able to serve the people of Pacific Grove in the capacity of City Trustee. At least that seems to be the intent of the trustees attending the most recent council meeting. It seems that the Trustees plan to reinstate Mr. Berwick at the first opportunity.
    Trustee Pryor also moved that an additional leave of absence, requested by Berwick, be granted. Trustee Hill advised that no action be taken as, at this time, Berwick is no longer a city trustee and not directly subject to council actions. This question could be presented in the future.
    Pryor, Hill, and [Mayor] Smith indicated a “yes” vote when a decision is made about letting Berwick continue on the council. The matter was then tabled until former
    trustee Berwick returns to the Grove.

    Shakespeare group forms
    An undetermined number of ladies gathered at Robson Hall in the Grove on Monday for the purpose of organizing a “Shakespeare Reading Club.” This convivial activity will convene under the department of Education of the Women’s Civic Group and operate in conjunction with the Chautauqua assembly.
    Mrs. Richmond Wheeler of Salinas spoke at length in regard to different plans that might be pursued in the study of Shakespeare’s plays. Mrs. Wheeler also exhibited a number of copies (in various editions) of the Bard’s works.
    At the suggestion of Mrs. Wheeler, it was decided to take up a mixed course of plays “most popular” and “most often seen”. The first play chosen as meeting that criterion as well as being one of the easiest to understand is Midsummer Night’s Dream. The “Riverside Publishers” edition of Midsummer Night’s Dream, printed in pamphlet form and costing but 15¢, was recommended. The club will meet on the first and third Mondays of each month commencing at 2:15 pm and ending between 4 and 4:30. Care was taken to see that the meeting time fits in with available train schedules.
    Following the format decisions, officers were elected. Mrs. Richmond Wheeler was chosen as president and lead-reader. Mrs. W. Y. Grimes is vice president. Mrs. Jeanette Harris was selected as secretary-treasurer. At the invitation of Miss Mabel Berwick the class will meet at her home during the month of November.
    A cordial invitation is extended to all ladies who would like to join the group. Mrs. Wheeler is a very capable teacher and this is an excellent opportunity to become
    acquainted with the plays of Shakespeare1.

    Grove mourns passing of Howe
    Citizens of the Grove appeared inconsolable as word of the death of Miss Julia Ward (née Mrs. Julia Ward Howe) passed about town.
    Julia Ward, born into a well-off family, was privately schooled. After reaching maturity, she married educator Samuel Gridley Howe. The couple established a home in Boston. She published her first volume of poetry, Passion Flowers, in 1854. For a while, Howe and her husband published the Commonwealth, an abolitionist newspaper.
    In February 1862, The Atlantic Monthly published her poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was set to a melody also used for “John Brown’s Body.” The poem, written during a visit to an army camp, became a Civil War song and Howe became famous. She then involved herself as a speaker and in the woman’s suffrage movement.
    Howe had become a public institution by the time of her death. Of her children, the best known was the writer Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards2.

    Notes from around the area…

        • Mr. K. Miller has returned from a two-weeks hunting trip on his hunting range which is located along the head waters of Carmel River. He reports good luck, having bagged the law’s stag limit. William Phegley accompanied Miller.
        • The regular meeting of the Lucius Fairchild Post of the Grand Army of the Republic will be Wednesday evening. A full attendance is desired. T. R. Weaver, Post Commander.
        • Phillips & Lawrey are successors to the W. Lawrey & Hollenbeck Company. The partners intend to become the Grove’s headquarters for building supplies such as paints, oils, wallpaper, wood, etc. Phillips & Lawrey will also provide labor at a reasonable cost and no job will be considered too large or too small. 212 Forest. Phone Red 128.

    The cost of living…

          • The Bank of Pacific Grove will open your bank account upon receipt of a $1 deposit.
          • Roth-Coney Company of Pacific Grove is offering Black Cat’s genuine, fishnet stockings. 50¢ a pair


        • The 1910 pack of salmon is the lightest in recent memory and prices are rising (about 40% thus far). However, we can make the old prices while our supply lasts. For example, two cans salmon for 25¢. Oliver Grocery Company.
        • Wish to always look spic and span? Try Grove Laundry Company at the corner of 12th and Lighthouse. Phone Red 43 for pick-up and delivery. Men’s collars washed, starched, and ironed: 15¢.

    1 The Pacific Grove Shakespeare Reading Club grew exponentially. In later
    years, a few plays were performed before an audience as reader’s theater. The
    reading club was eventually dethroned by television.
    2 Howe also took up the cause of peace and in 1870 published Appeal to
    Womanhood Throughout the World, a clarion call for an international conference
    of women on the subject of peace. In 1871, Howe became first president of the
    American branch of the Woman’s International Peace Association.
    3 Roth-Coney was the “Khaki’s” of 1910 haberdashers. Some of the descriptions
    of clothing therein racked found their ways into John Steinbeck’s works.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 22, 2010

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