Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"American Legion to Give July 4 Dance"

"American Legion to Give July 4 Dance" Pacific Grove Daily Review, July 1, 1924:
The Pacific Grove Post, American Legion, will give a Fourth of July dance in the local skating rink, at 8:30 o'clock. Plans are now almost complete for the occasion.  This Independence Day festivity will have many novelties, including a special entertainment during the course of the evening.The committee in charge has planned for some novel features, that have not been given here before. The music will be furnished by the Serenaders Orchestra of Salinas. The rink will be profusely decorated with American flags and Red, White and Blue bunting. arrangements for the dance are under the direction of Franklin Sowell.

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Screen Beauties at P.G. Beach"

"Screen Beauties at P.G. Beach" - The Pacific Grove Daily Review, Aprill 22, 1926

The William Fox company with Margaret Livingston, Lou Tellegan and Matt Moore were stationed on the beach at Pacifc Grove Bathhouse  yesterday afternoon for the pupose of shooting waterscenes for the picture  Married Alive by Ralph Strauss.  Scenes for the play are  [set]  on the Cornish Coast in England, the pictures are being taken under the direction of Emmett Ray Flynn. The grounds about the bathhouse were crowded with spectators this morning watching the many pretty bathing beauties who played about the beach with their long tresses blowing in the breeze. Most scenes will be shot on the Pacific Grove beach today if present plans do not miscarry.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Pacific Grove Review 13 June 1903 - MALE IMPERSONATOR DETECTED AND COMMANDED TO CHANGE HER CLOTHES.  It would seem too bad to send a young woman to jail because she chose to wear pants, at least that was Judge J.H. Browne's opinion of the matter when he was called to his office last night and asked to do something with a woman who had been arrested by the officers for promenading our streets in a coat, vest, trousers and suspenders; even worse, she was in the full dress uniform of a sergeant of the U.S. Army and she bore her stripes nobly. She is young, of good appearance and hails from Monterey, so the judge gave her some good advice about what he thought to be the proper kind of wearing apparel and instructed her to make haste and change.  She was accompanied by an ex-soldier in civilian clothes, from whom she had probably got the uniform, but after the mandate of the court the impersonator lost no time in going to a hotel, while the soldier boy followed his Joan of Arc like a faithful valet.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Old Church Burned in Pacific Grove" & "If You Like to Dance Be Here"

"Old Church Burned in Pacific Grove"  Monterey Peninsula Herald, March 30, 1962:
Fire swept the interior of the old Lutheran Church at 11th street and Lighthouse avenue at 7:52 a.m. today causing extensive smoke and fire damage to furnishings and newly-painted walls. Pacific Grove firemen extinguished the blaze before serious structural damage occurred. They said the fire was caused by drop cloths left overnight on a floor surface.  Asst. Fire Chief, Don Gasperson said the paint foreman told firemen he had set the furnace control at 55 degrees...

"If You Like to Dance Be Here"  PG Daily Review March 28, 1924:  Those who like the light fantastic will enjoy themselves to their hearts' content at the American Legion Hall on Fountain avenue tomorrow night. "Tony" Galasso is to have his band there and take it from steppers who like to step, when Tony furnishes the syncopation you can not make your feet keep still.  It's to be a well-managed and smartly looked after evening. Galasso will take care of that. So will the Legion boys who will be on hand. Don't forget folks. If you like to dance be there at the buddies' hall tomorrow night.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Death Calls P.G. Pioneer Resident

From The Grove at High Tide, October 24, 1930:
Funeral services for the late J.A. Pell were held Wednesday from the Paul Mortuary, with final rites at Cypress Lawn Crematorium, San Francisco. He passed away in a local hospital early Tuesday morning from an attack of pneumonia. Members of the local Odd Fellows lodge, of which Pell was a veteran member, had charge of the services. Pell's death followed shortly after that of his wife, Mrs. Addie C. Pell, who passed away here earlier in  the year. It closes the long and eventful career of one of Pacific Grove's earliest pioneers, a resident of this city for a half century. Deceased was 76 years of age September 13 of this year. He was a native of Canada, having been born a short distance across the dominion line from the Vermont town of Franklin. He had resided in Pacific Grove, however, since 1880. Pell always had a wealth of information relative to Pacific Grove in the early days when it was a Methodist camp meeting retreat, surrounded by a board fence, he being the gate keeper. The key he once used to open the community to visitors was kept by him for the rest of his life. He originally drove a four-horse stage between this city and Del Monte and later managed prominent local livery stables, including the famous Mammoth stables. From that time on he was actively connected with the city's development. He followed a number of professions but is best remembered as the town's first undertaker. Pell held many official positions during his lifetime. He was county coroner and public administrator for a term, was deputy sheriff, deputy U.S. marshall and was for awhile holder of the office of police judge for Pacific Grove. He had also been manager of the city campground. He always took a keen interest in things political. No major measure of local or national interest found him idle. He always firmly espoused his cause. He rarely failed to attend the meetings of the local city council, where he was a familiar figure among the interested spectators. Pell is survived by three sons, Phil S., resident of the Philippines; Gibbons, a resident of Honolulu; and J. A. Jr. who was also recently a resident of Hawaii. He also leaves one sister.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More January 1912 News from The Daily Review

"MAKING CEMENT STEPS W.F. Smith of the Pacific Grove Beach Company, is busily at work making new cement steps leading to the beach at the east end of the casino.  This will be an improvment which will be greatly appreciated by summer visitors."

"PURCHASE HOME Mr. And Mrs. Peverly Raymond recently from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, have been the guests for some weeks past of their mother, Mrs. J.P. Raymond. They are so delighted with the scenery and climate and so impressed with the outlook and possibilities for the future of the peninsula that they have decided to locate permanently in the Grove, and they have purchased the new cottage at 510 Willow Street for a home."

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year - 1912!

One hundred years ago the Grove rang in the New Year with a bang and a big wedding. From the Daily Review of January 2012:
"PHIL OYER MAKES CAPTURE OF SOLDIER-BURGLAR.  Two of the men who smashed the windows of Cummings' jewelry store and McEachren's furniture store are in the City Prison, and it is only the matter of a short time when the others implicated will be behind bars. Those under arrest are Private Gundy and Private J.I. Smith, both of M Company of the Eighth Regiment. There is a civilian and one more soldier implicated who have not yet been caught. Constable Phil Oyer of Pacific Grove deserves the credit of having arrested Private Smith, secured a confession and recovered nearly all the loot. Chief of Police Englund arrested Gundy early in the day, and on searching his quarters a pair of diamond cuff buttons from Cummings' store were found. Last evening Constable Oyer got hold of a clew that Smith was tangled up in the robbery, and he went to work on the case about eight o'clock and a few minutes later he had Smith in custody. When Smith saw the officer coming he surrendered. He admitted he had taken part in the robbery and confessed in full....Smith then took Constable Oyer to a place on Lighthouse avenue near the Presdio gate and showed him where the jewelry taken from Cummings' store was buried...The 38 caliber Colt revolver was hid under the steps of the quarters of Company M at the Presidio and had been taken by Smith. The other revolver was taken by Gundy and Smith said it was hid in the wash room of Company M. The men say they were drunk when they committed the robbery. Smith and Grundy will be charged with burglary."

"FREDERICK RHODES AND MISS MABEL BERWICK MARRIED.   Miss Mabel Berwick, daughter of our townsman, Edward Berwick, was married at the home of her father in this city on Saturday last, the man of her choice being Frederick Rhodes. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Edward H. Moloney, rector of St. Mary's by the Sea. The wedding was private, only the members of the Berwick family being present.  The bride is a Monterey county girl, having been born on the fruit ranch in the Carmel valley which she now owns, and where she will reside in the future. Miss Berwick has been active in club work in both Pacific Grove and Monterey and is ex-president of the Treble Clef Club of this city and she has many friends who will extend congratulations. Mr. Rhodes is a nephew of the late Cecil Rhodes of South Africa fame. He was born in India, but educated in London. He has spent a great deal of time in South Africa and was a trusted employee of his uncle. He at one time made the trip from Cape Town northward through Africa to the mouth of the Nile and was one of two white men who survived the journey...Mr Rhodes came to America several years ago and almost direct to California. A few months ago he came to Monterey to visit H.J. Nichol in New Monterey and took a prominent part in the entertainment of the officers of the English sloops of war that were here a few months ago. At that time he met Miss Berwick."