• High Hats and Parasols, October 4th, 2012

    Apportionment of colonies
    Mr. R. Obradivien, proposer of the new Swiss colony intended for this area of California, first came to this section of the country twenty-five years ago when he took up a homestead in the western part of the state.  At that time, he declares, he could have obtained the land on which a present-day hotel is located by working a mere month, and he could have bought forty additional acres at the western corner of the county for $150.  Today, he will be forced to pay $250 for the small, central tract, he alleges, and $500 for the hotel.
    Mr. Obradivien claims to have already grabbed on to other land, by appropriation, as follows: 200 acres in west county, 300 acres in the Pacific Grove Forest, and 600 acres in south county.  The developer stated that each of the sections have been surveyed, and have passed inspection as being appropriate for colonization.  The first step toward land improvement, said Obradivien, is the planting of mulberry trees, all of which will thrive, as experiments have shown.
    Obradivien also stated that he could place many more European colonists, mainly Swiss, in central California if only he could obtain the land for it.  Now that he has apportioned the small piece of centrally-located land, Obradivien indicated that would become the “center of operations” for the entire colonization.
    Several ships, said to be loaded with colonizers and their farm animals, are being prepared for the trip here. 1

    Learning our roads
    Mr. William S. Caruthers, a division engineer connected with the state highway commission, is headed for the Peninsula for a stay of several weeks duration.  While he is here, Caruthers intends to make himself acquainted with all the roads in the area.  He will also be available at sessions designed to give locals the opportunity to speak up on new road needs or road repairs.
    There should be plenty of comment.  The Review continually receives written complaints about the unruly condition of our county roads.

    Report horrors!
    The Pacific Grove Review urges everyone to report all cases of cruelty to animals to any of these special-enforcement officers of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Mrs. H. B. Chase, Mrs. P. Maugery, Mr. George Harper, or Mr. Charles R. Few.
    Cruelty includes failure to feed.

    Dry cleaning is best
    At Del Monte Cleaners and Laundry, a new process is offered called “dry cleaning.  Actually developed by the ancient Romans, dry cleaning is a gentle process that is tender with all your clothing.  The Del Monte system uses Ammonia and a Stoddard’s Solvent, improved in 1910, to do its work.  No water is employed in the process.  The company is offering potential clients the opportunity to try the joys of dry cleaning, free.  Just bring an item of clothing by and leave it at the counter.  Del Monte will “dryly” take care of the rest of the job. 2

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Pure spun aluminum, guaranteed for 15 years, is the best in a pot or pan you can buy for cooking.  Send postal to see samples.  Address Mr. Bartlett at 231 Park street, Pacific Grove.
    • Miss G. M. Douglas is a registered optometrist who has set up for business at 567 Lighthouse avenue.  Eyes tested and glasses fitted.  To see the world more clearly, come to 567!  Hours are 8:30 to 12, and 1 to 5.  By appointment or walk in and wait.
    • Having legal difficulties?  See Attorney H. G. Jorgensen at his office in the Rowe building.  Telephone for an appointment: Main 107.  In emergency, come to residence at 508 Thirteenth street.  Also, insurance available.
    • The Ancient Order of Foresters meets in Scoble Hall every Thursday evening at 8.  Traveling brethren are cordially invited to attend as are prospective members.  This notice posted by Glenn Ryan, Sec.
    • For up to date livery, go to J. M. Gardner at the stable on Fountain avenue.  Gardner offers first class rigs.  The price is the same as charged for a seat in a 17 mile tour carriage.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Summer special on the “Road of a Thousand Wonders!”  From San Francisco to New Orleans and New Orleans to San Francisco, we are making new friends every trip.  Travel gets under way every other day on odd days from New Orleans and even days from San Francisco.  You can also be connected with a palatial steamer to New York.  Through sleepers are available.  Three detrains and retrains.  The complete tour costs $65 each way.  Discounts on the steamer.  For more information about this excursion, write G. Shillingsburg, Passenger Agent, San Jose. 3
    • Furnished cottages and bungalows, right in style, class, and price.  We offer a unit to fit every customer.  By the week, month, or year, starting at $15 weekly.  Inquire at C. J. Moyes, 221 Forest avenue, Pacific Grove.
    • At Grocer F. J. Wyeth your credit is good.  Wyeth specializes this week in fresh-picked strawberries.  5¢ per carton.
    • Holman’s store is selling shoes that make walking easy.  The finest Florsheim is yours for just $3.50.  The fancy, two-toned Florsheim is $4.50.  Stop in and try on a pair.  Your feet will love you for it!
    • The Fair encourages you to attend a Chautauqua after purchasing an elder-down cloak made for weather that is cool, but not cold.  The average weight is 16 oz.  Full sleeved with cuffs.  Lengths are 22, 24, 26, and 28 inches.  Cream, rose, aqua, or gray.  On special this weekend for $2.10.

    Author’s Notes

    1. “Appropriation” indicates that money has been set aside for some particular purpose, but that this purpose has not been accomplished.  Mr. Obradivien indicated that he had “appropriated” this land, but was the purchase ever accomplished?  Perhaps we will find out in coming weeks.
    2. “Dry Cleaning” is a misnomer watered up by laundry owners in the late 1800s.  Clothing being “dry cleaned” gets just as wet as regular laundry, but is immersed in certain chemicals and not water.  The ammonia was processed from urine.  Stoddard’s Solvent (and deviants) had two objectionable qualities.  First, it left clothing with a faint aroma not unlike kerosene.  Second, it caused many fires, having a flash point of about 1100.
    3. The Southern Pacific partly owned those “palatial” steamers, hence could offer discounted prices.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).


    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 4, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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