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Reminiscences

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reminiscences Reply with quote

The step-son of Jules Simoneau recalls a gay old day of half century ago:

"A small cluster of rambling and yellowed adobes, basking and drowsing in the warm California sunlight—plank-paved streets twisting aimlessly through the town—a cow contentedly chewing its cud as it meditated or dreamed in the middle of the street—a lazy atmosphere of supreme contentment prevading the entire pueblo. Thus was the Monterey of half a century ago as pictured by one of its old-timers, who returned to this town of his boyhood, after an absence of forty-five years."

Rich in historical background, rich in scenery and natural beauty, rich in art and literature, the town was inhabited by people who lived for the pure joy there was in it, who cared not about manana (tomorrow), and who failed to place any value in material wealth. This step-son of Jules Simoneau, the Monterey inn keeper and life-long friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, describes his step-father as being "the finest man there ever has been."

A daughter of Simoneau, living in Monterey, paid a simple tribute to the man as she named him a "wonderful father" and one who was "gentle and good and would never say an unkind thing of anyone."

During Robert Louis Stevenson's stay at Monterey, Jules Simoneau kept an inn at the intersection of Munras and Pearl streets.
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