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The Republican Rally and demonstration at Monterey was the grandest affair ever witnessed in the old town. The streets were handsomely decorated with bunting. The long procession composed of ladies and gentlemen on horseback and in carriages, and voters on foot carrying torches and transparencies, met the incoming train at the depot and there, amid the booming of anvils and a brilliant display of fireworks, received the Hon. Thomas Flint, Hon. J. M. Soto, the Salinas drill corps and visiting delegates.—Pacific Grove Review, 1892.

According to the report of Census Marshal J. R. Leese there is an increase of 21 children over last year in Monterey. The juvenile population of Monterey now amounts to 530.—Pacific Grove Review, June 4, 1892.

On Wednesday, July 20, 1892, the Southern Pacific put parlor cars on what has been dubbed the "Monterey Limited," from San Francisco to Monterey. Each car contained 20 revolving chairs.

The Monterey Bicycle Club was organized on May 15. H. A. Greene has announced his intention to offer a league badge as a prize for a slow race, and all cyclers in town are practicing for the event.—Monterey New Era, 1892.

Monterey wants a town clock to be placed upon the splendid new schoolhouse. Joseph Schulte estimates the cost of a suitable clock at $800. He offers, generously, to give $25 toward the fund and his services for keeping the clock in repair and regularly wound for three years.—Monterey New Era, April, 1892.

A grand Republican rally was held at Monterey Saturday evening last. A torch light procession, headed by a few old time Democrats who had got their eyes open and turned from the error of their ways to Harrison and protection met the Hon. S. M. Shortridge at the station and escorted him to Bagby's Opera House, I where that gentleman entertained his hearers for two hours with one of the best political speeches ever delivered in the old town. S. J. Duckworth also addressed the meeting in Spanish.—Pacific Grove Review, Sept. 22, 1888.

The Portuguese fishermen of Monterey caught in the bay and shipped to San Francisco a 400-pound fish of the albatross species. This fish is seldom seen outside the waters of the Mediterranean, and is considered by epicures one of the most toothsome morsels abounding in the sea, the choicest cuts readily selling at fabulous prices.—Pacific Grove Review, Sept., 1892.

At a meeting of the fire department Sunday night, to make final arrangements for a parade, Chief W. E. Parker was treated to a most enjoyable surprise. A. B. Gunzendorfer, foreman of the Monterey Hook and Ladder company No. 1, presented him, on behalf of the fire department, with a beautiful silver trumpet of the most elegant design.—Monterey New Era, July 7, 1892.

Monterey attractions most appreciated by the tourist are its hotels. To say that the Pacific Ocean House (now The Kimball Hotel) is the best is not saying too much. This model establishment is centrally located on Alvarado street about one minute's walk from the railroad depot. The St. Charles Hotel (now The Mission Inn) is the rendezvous of our most substantial visitors. It occupies a commanding position on Tyler street.—Pacific Grove Review, Aug. 27, 1892.

The strong temperance play of Ten Nights in a Barroom will be presented by a good company at Bagby's Opera House at Monterey, Thursday evening, the 21st. No charge for reserved seats. Music will be furnished by Prof. Urbanus' band. —Dec. 16, 1893.

Monday afternoon the fishermen in Monterey succeeded in landing one of the largest specimens of basking shark ever known in these waters. It measured thirty-five feet long and fifteen feet through the thickest part. It is claimed that the liver of the monster landed here, will contain three hogsheads of oil.—Sept., 1893.

Postmaster Jacob R. Leese, on Thursday last, received as a present from the midwinter fair commissioners a picture representing Yerbt Buena, now San Francisco, in the spring of 1837. It shows the first house built in San Francisco by Jacob P. Leese, the father of our postmaster.—Dec. 23, 1893.

H. A. Greene of Monterey has donated a choice lot in Pacific Grove to be raffled off for the benefit of the Monterey County Midwinter Fair fund.—Sept., 1893.

Jack Swan, the well-known character of Monterey, is no more, having passed away Monday evening. He was 77 years of age, a native of England, and had made California his home for the past 53 years. His familiar figure, crowned with a hat, the band of which bore the words, "Pioneer of 1843," his tin cup, ear trumpet and slate will long be remembered by all who loved to listen to the stories of early days related by this good natured sailor.—Pacific Grove Review, Jan. 11, 1896.
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