• High Hats and Parasols, October 29th, 2010

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    T. A. Work team runs away
    The Work Company can now offer run-away deliveries to its customers. That’s because the firm’s four-in-hand team—used to deliver hay, wood, building supplies, etc.—ran away Saturday evening shortly before six o’clock.
    The four horses bolted from the property of the E. B. Gross Transfer Company, where they had been left standing for a moment by Work employee E. B. Walker. The animals then slowed and trotted toward their own barn, which was but a short distance from the Gross Transfer barn, but spooked and began rushing down 16th Street past the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hearst, where the wagon destroyed a hitching post. Another hitching post was broken father down 16th Street in front of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Filcher.
    When the horses reached the smooth, cement sidewalk in front of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Prussia’s residence, one of the animals fell and was dragged along for several feet.
    That horse was injured by the long wrench-pin which passes through the tongue of the wagon to hold the whiffletrees in place. Three stitches were required to sew up the animal’s injury. The horse is expected to recover fully. The wagon was not damaged*.

    Tognazzini sued by partner
    The Grovian partners, R. Tognazzini and C. W. Ferriui, are at odds.
    Ferriui alleges that he and Tognazzini struck up a partnership intending to enter the beer-brewing and saloon business. The partners planned to open a brewery in Salinas and assorted, area saloons.
    Ferriui now complains that he entered into the arrangement a year ago at a meeting held in the dining room of the Pacific Grove Hotel. Ferriui states that he gave Tognazzini a considerable sum of money to open the brewery and to establish saloons in every railroad town of the Salinas Valley. Tognazzini, however, according to Ferriui, used $500 of that money for his own personal purposes. Ferriui also alleges that no progress had been made on either the brewery or the saloons.
    Tognazzini then filed suit in superior court asking that the partnership be dissolved, the $500 returned to the company account, and that all remaining funds then be divided equally*.

    Freeholders squabble over school matters
    The Board of Freeholders, who are now framing a charter, had a stormy session last meeting as there was a great difference of opinion regarding control of schools.
    A number of members desire that the control of the schools not be changed, which would mean leaving it in city hands. Another faction, however, is bent upon throwing the schools into the hands of trustees. These members issued assurance that members of this school board would be subject to recall for control purposes.
    No action was taken, but the matter is to be again brought up at the next meeting*.

    Dogs cause woman to break leg
    Miss Josie Bardwell met with a peculiar accident near her home on the corner of 7th and Laurel Friday.
    Two dogs, either playing or fighting, ran against Miss Bardwell and knocked the young woman to the ground. Upon attempting to rise, Bardwell found that she could not. She cried out for help.
    Miss Bardwell’s plea was heard by several women in the neighborhood, but Miss Bardwell refused to accept aid from the females, saying that the women would not be strong enough to lift her. Instead, Bardwell lay on the sidewalk for another 30 minutes before men came around willing to place her on a stretcher and carry her home*.
    Summoned to tend Miss Bardwell, Dr. H. N. Yates found that her leg was broken just below the knee. He dressed her injuries and she is getting along as well as could be expected. Bardwell stated that she had previously had trouble with the limb, and it was not in perfect physical condition.

    Freshmen welcomed
    The juniors and seniors of Pacific Grove High School feted incoming freshman with a reception held at the T. A. Work auditorium Friday evening. The young people enjoyed a jolly good time throughout the evening. A very entertaining program was followed by an address presented by Prof. J. A. Meizt. Refreshments were served
    afterward in the banquet room.

    Notes from around the area…

        • It has been decided that all Pacific Grove’s Sunday afternoon concerts should be held in the park across from the Museum of Natural History rather than at Lovers Point.
        • From now on, the office of the Phillips Optical Company in the Robson block will be open for business every day except Sunday from 9 until 10 am.
        • The Pavilion Link is providing a temporary space for the meeting of the El Bethel Mission. The “Preaching and Praise” service is planned for Sunday afternoon at 3.
        • The Boy Scouts of Pacific Grove took a hike of several miles along the Seventeen Mile Drive this weekend. The boys ended activities with a Frankfort roast in a shaded area near the reservation*.

    The cost of living…

        • The total indebtedness of the City of Pacific Grove now amounts to the sum of $18,500.
        • Kinser & Company are offering Old Tyme Comfort shoes. Try a pair and ease your aching feet. $2.60.
        • Creamy butter, none better, churned by F. J. Wyeth, the grocer. 22¢ a quart.
        • Tennis rackets are waiting for you at the Fair in Pacific Grove. White ash frame. Gut string. $2.70.

    1 The term “four-in-hand” indicates that four horses can be controlled with one
    hand. A whiffletree is the pivoted swinging bar to which the traces of a harness
    are fastened and by which a vehicle or implement is drawn.
    2 The partnership seemed arranged on the basis of a verbal agreement. Nothing
    written was presented to the court.
    3 The “freeholders” were citizens who held property outright and had the right to
    lease, rent, or sell as the owner pleased.
    4 During the era of “house calls” being carried home was preferred by most to
    being delivered to a hospital.
    4 “Frankfort” was probably a typographical error. The editor probably meant
    “Frankfurt,” a kind of sausage. “Frankfort” is the capital of Kentucky.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 29, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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