• High Hats & Parasols: News from 1888

    By Jon Guthrie

    The California Methodist conference at Pacific Grove
    A few weeks ago, it seemed hardly possible that the new church and assembly hall would be in condition for hosting the Methodist Church conference, so much necessary work remained to be done.  However, by pressing into service every available man, and the employment of much overtime, the building was really in fine shape when the large audience gathered to listen to the introductory sermon by the Reverend E. D. McCreary, of San Francisco.
    And although the beautiful and commodious structure is far from completion, Dr. Sinex, who is overseeing the worthy project, certainly has cause for congratulation on the progress that has been made with the work up to this time.
    The hour set for Convening of Conference was 9 o’clock, Wednesday morning, but, long before that hour the congregation began to assemble and nearly every seat in the main hall was occupied when Bishop Thomas Bowman, of St. Louis, opened the meeting.  After some appropriate remarks, communion was administered.
    Next the following officers were elected: secretary, W. S. Urmy; assistant secretaries, E. E. Dodge and E. P. Dennett; statistical secretary, W. Angwin; assistant statistical secretaries, E. A. Wining, J. J. Martin, and W. J. Peters; treasurer, Thomas Filben, assistant treasurer, L. Fellers.
    In the evening, Dr. W. A. Spencer, of Philadelphia, delivered an address on the subject of church extension.  The audience was so large that the main hall, with a seating capacity of six hundred, proved too small for the crowd.  The side chapel rooms were thrown open for use.
    Collections for church extension for the year were reported to be $1,650, which amount was soon increased to $2,000 by way of new contributions.  A resolution passed asking the Church Extension Board to grant an additional $2,000 to the building fund.
    In the evening, the anniversary meeting of the Missionary Society was held.  The exercises consisted of a service in song by the Central Male Chorus, of San Francisco, and an address by Reverend J. H. Wythe.
    All events were greatly enjoyed.

    Elegant residence property now available
    Mssr. W. C. Little has announced that he will be pleased to show intending purchasers over the New Monterey property he represents.
    Little says that the situation and water view for each site are unexcelled.  The El Carmel Water company has been brought upon these beautiful tracts, and water will be conducted to all lots upon which improvements are to be made.


    Toll roads to be considered
    A gathering is to be summoned for the purpose of considering whether the roads from Salinas to Monterey and from Monterey to Pacific Grove should be converted to toll roads.
    Proponents point out that the high cost of keeping roads in shape should be taken into mind.  They point out that pleasant rides over pleasant roads would serve to increase the number of pilgrims making their ways to and from these communities.
    A number of toll roads serving the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania are reported to have met with great success.  A New York toll road is reported to charge five cents for each ten miles to be traveled.

    Wheat harvest expected to increase
    All those living in Pacific Grove should have interest in the farming of wheat crops.  This year, authorities expect the news to be good.  Last year, farms from across the state harvested 6,000,000 bushels of wheat.  This year, an additional 40,000 bushels are expected.

    Cat looks like a coyote?
    All our readers are likely aware of the problems coyotes create for Pacific Grove.  When a chicken or rabbit disappears, it is probably the work of Bro. Coyote.
    Mssr. R. T. Burke is said to earn a handsome supplement to his income by trapping the animals so that the foretop can be turned in for the bounty.  Now, Burke may have some explaining to do.  His latest foretop was determined to have been the pelt of a deceased house cat.

    Young man turns up
    Master Jay Hanchette, the twelve-years-old who has been missing for several weeks now, has turned up.  The lad had made his way to Los Angeles, by unknown means, to attend the Orange Festival.  At the conclusion of these events, Hanchette contacted friends of his family and let them know his whereabouts.  He is said to be unharmed.

    From the market place…

    • The B. A. Eardley real estate and insurance agency is offering Pacific Grove lots which will be sold at the low price of $135.
    • The Avenue Store, across the street from Pacific Grove’s post office, has a supply of freshly-made, hand-rolled cigars.  Five cents each.
    • D. A. Dryden has opened a furniture store in the Cummings Building on Forest Avenue in Pacific Gove.  Mssr. Dryden runs a repairing shop in connection with the business.
    • Respectfully call the attention of the residents of Pacific Grove and vicinity to the fact that Wm. H. Rowling & Co. has opened a wood, hay, coal, and feed store below the lumber yard on Forrest Avenue.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 21, 2009

    Topics: Current Edition, High Hats and Parasols


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