• High Hats & Parasols, 10/31/13

    by Jon Guthrie

    Main line
    Phoeby Hearst visiting – again
    Mrs. Phoeby Hearst and party is in town and staying at the Pacific Grove Hotel. The principal purpose of her visit, according to Mrs. Hearst, is to inspect the construction she is financing for the coming Young Women’s Christian Association student conference. Word is that Phoeby is pleased with progress. She is accompanied by Abdu’l-Bahá 1 from Baghdad, leader of the Bahá’í faith, with whom Mrs. Hearst is attempting to make amends. For recreation, Mrs. Hearst plans to lead a tour of the 17 Mile Drive by auto mobile. She also plans for the group to view women’s croquet games at the Del Monte lodge. Mrs. Hearst is the mother of one child, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

    Madam Labadil is coming
    Madam Labadil is coming to the Grove for a grand appearance on stage in the Work theater. Participants in Sunday schools are encouraged to make plans and purchase tickets early. An artistic representation of a highly dramatic character is promised. Madam Labadil is a harlot who makes her way back to the Lord. 2

    Wanamaker funeral held
    The funeral of the late Mrs. J. M. Wanamaker, who will be interred in El Carmelo Cemetery, attracted a sizeable group of mourners Wednesday. Until recently, Mrs. Wanamaker had been living in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Mead, Pacific Grove, who had brought the body here from Colorado and seen to burial arrangements. The Reverend J. F. Wheat, Methodist, gave a brief sermon relating events from Mrs. Wanamaker’s early life. Mrs. T. R. Strong sang several hymns. Mr. and Mrs. Mead had invited their young daughter to settle in the Grove after the death of her husband, but at that time the hapless Mrs. Wanamaker was already stricken with pneumonia. Mrs. Wanamaker had been born in Colorado in 1884. RIP. 3

    Wheeler home burglarized
    On Monday afternoon, the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Wheeler was entered by an unknown person or persons and much property taken including several pairs of suspenders, a gold pocket watch, a silver lady’s pendant watch, and between $25 and $50. One of the suspenders was embroidered with the initials JFW, a fact that may help in apprehending the thief or thieves. Mrs. Wheeler said that she may have seen the burglar earlier when a young man came to her door and asked for a glass of water. Mrs. Wheeler excused herself to the kitchen, but when she returned with the water, the young man had gone. Later, she thought she saw the allegedly thirsty young man walking with another fellow along the Monterey road and was prepared to describe both. Mr. Wheeler was in Gilroy at the time of the incident. 4

    Methodist church meets
    The members of the Methodist church held their annual banquet and election of officers Wednesday eve. The banquet, catered by the Pacific Grove hotel restaurant, was enjoyed by all. Mr. B. Y. Wise served as the principal speaker and moderator. Principal teachers were also named. The group chose Mrs. G. B. Ephart as their secretary and home-department leader. 5 Mrs. A. L. Steiner is the incoming president. A button of appreciation was presented to Mrs. F. E. Getz, outgoing president. Reverend Joseph Wilkes offered a sermon titled “The Power of the Button”.

    Side track (tidbits from here and there)

    • Open to the public. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History offers free admission and ever-changing exhibits. Stop by and look around. No telling what you will see!
    • Your dimes will grow into dollars. Let the soil work while you sleep. Invest in farmland endeavors. Kuba Irrigated Land Cooperatives. 411 Market street, San Francisco.
    • Starting Tuesday the Pacific Grove Carnegie Library will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 and 8:00 to 10:00 daily.
    • No man can place a limit on your possibilities, but a growing account in the bank of E. Cooke Smith will increase them.
    • A. A. Pullman, the merchant tailor, offers a steep discount on his beautiful patterns.

    And the cost is…

    • Mr. Businessman! Your advertisement would look good in this newspaper. $1.75 per column inch for a week. Contact the Pacific Grove Review.
    • The White is king! The White Sewing Machine Company offers foot-peddle sewing machines starting at $25.95.
    • Rent the Pacific Grove Civic Clubhouse. $6 for all afternoon. A great place for your group’s meetings!
    • Two Horse brand coveralls for working men. $2.50. Culp Bros.

    Author’s notes…

    1. Ms. Hearst, first female regent of the University of California system, had abandoned Presbyterianism in favor of the Baha’i faith at the turn of the century. She had recently been at odds with the faith, accusing her new fealty of attempting to pilfer her sizeable fortune (true). Her son, William Randolph, who had been kicked out of college for sponsoring an enormous beer bust in Harvard Square and other antics, was dabbling in newspapers and had acquired several. William Randolph had been harnessed with the nickname “the Wizard of Ooze” by a cartoonist named Rogers (Harper’s Weekly). He had not yet started work on Hearst Castle.
    2. The themes of restitution and rebirth were popular during the Victorian era.
    3. RIP was a Victorian admonition to: “Rest In Peace”.
    4. The “home Department” leader organized group visits to the homes of the ailing.
    5. Two suspects were later arrested. That report will follow next week.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 31, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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