• Pacific Grove News from 1909

    A word about Lighthouse Avenue
    Lighthouse Avenue, surely one of the most graceful and beautiful attributes of our grove, has become quite a scenic attraction.  This stately passage now extends from the lighthouse to 12th street.  It has become almost as revered as the Del Monte’s Seventeen Mile Drive, which begins at the Del Monte Hotel flag and wends its way to the Lone Cypress.
    Alas, the sea embankment followed by Lighthouse Avenue is crumbling.  If unattended, the embankment may deteriorate and a significant portion of Pacific Grove could be washed away.  That would be quite a sad happening for a city that spends considerable money advertising its charms.
    Our board of trustees, aided by Civic Club members, should be encouraged to lay this matter on the table for discussion.  Of topics, there should be at least three: 1) what work, and in what priority, does the Lighthouse Avenue and its embankment require, 2) how much will this work cost, 3) and from where will the money come?
    After salvaging the embankment, thought should be given to its beautification.  There are several good suggestions that have been put at hand, but one stands out.  That is the planting of mesembryanthemum.  We have plenty of this durable plant already on hand, our cemetery being overrun with it.
    Whatever investment we make, the improvement of Lighthouse Avenue will be advantageous to current residents, visitors, and future generations.  Let’s leave our children and grandchildren a bit of beauty.

    Nichols Antone Barrymore dead at 95
    One of Pacific Grove’s most beloved story-tellers has succumbed to the ravages of age.  Nichols Antone Barrymore passed peacefully during the night while in bed at home.  Barrymore was born in San Jose in 1814, and was considered one of the most senior of living California residents.  Barrymore told many tales about being in California under three flags: Spanish, Mexican, American.  He also joked about his birthing having been tended to by a contingency of monks at the San Jose mission, referring to the padres then in charge.  Barrymore moved to the Peninsula when he was 25.

    Girls chide boys
    A group of girls have banded together in a league that will be dedicated to the proposition of promoting refinement among young men.  Among the methods adopted are resolutions to marry no man who is known to drink, smoke, swear, or chew.  Another attribute to be considered before marriage is a paid-up subscription to the local newspaper.  Anyone who does not read the newspaper on a regular basis, as evidenced by a subscription, is suspected of being not very bright and of a parsimonious nature.

    Lincoln stamp released by post office
    Pacific Grove’s post master, Mssr. R. Stansbury, has announced that our post office has received a block of 10,000 anniversary stamps celebrating President Abraham Lincoln.  The stamps may be purchased for one penny each.  Discounts not offered.

    Tent burns at reservoir
    Two men were hard at work on the Pacific Grove water company’s new reservoir when it happened.  A tent, lived in by these workmen, ignited and went up in flames.  Total destruction was wrought on the tent and all of its contents.  Cause of the conflagration is unknown.

    Mammoth Stables go up in smoke
    Pacific Grove had another lucky escape from a general conflagration on Friday evening.  Only the favorable weather condition and the heroic work of volunteer fire fighters prevented the destruction of the entire business portion of the city.
    The fire was discovered at about eight o’clock in the evening by Prof. L. Lange.  Lange was walking home with his son after a visit to the Carmelito Bakery.  The pair had reached the corner of Lighthouse and Fountain when flames were seen issuing from the Mammoth Stables.  Lange and his son quickly filled the air with cries of “Fire”!  Lester Johnston and Elwin Jenkins heard their cry and rang the fire alarm bell.
    Mr. A. F. Bullene, proprietor of Mammoth Stables, was working in his office.  Hearing the alarm and smelling smoke, Bullene called on the six employees still on duty to join the volunteer fire fighters.  In a short time, Chief W. E. Parks of the Monterey Fire Department arrived with several members of Monterey’s department to assist.  Hearing the excitement, members of the community also stood ready to lend helping hands.
    In spite of the best efforts of all concerned, the stable was soon engulfed.  Several animals were turned out, but a horse belonging to R. Bennett, a Pacific Improvement Company employee, was burned to death.  Firefighters then gave their attention to turning the skimpy hoses on Steinmetz’s blacksmith, the wood yard belonging to Parkhurst and McPike, and the W. H. Varien residence, hence corralling the flames.  Also saved were the businesses of W. W. Gibbons (harness maker),  C. J. Moyes (stationer), C. F. Brown (tailor), and Daniel Freeman (photographer).
    The stables were valued at $12,000, but insured for only $3,000.  The property was owned by Thomas Luke.
    The people of Pacific Grove feel very grateful to the firefighters from Monterey for their help in saving our downtown community.

    From the Marketplace

    •    If you want to double your money on an investment of $3,500, contact the editor of the Pacific Grove Review.  We have prime oil-drilling properties.

    •     Air-slacked lime will be given away to any who call for it at the Loma Prieta Lumber Company.

    •     Rent temporary lodging at 117 Nineteenth Street.  Can accommodate 7 to 10 people.

    •     Purchase eye glasses so you can see how good our price is.  These are right in fit, quality, and cost at the W. H. Hare Optical Company.

    •     Dr. DeWitts Carbolized Witch Hazel Salve is especially good for piles.  Sold by Long & Gretter.

    •    We have high-quality green peas.  Ten cents a bag.  Johnston Brothers and Campbell.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 11, 2009

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