10-year-old Billy Meyer arrives in after solo cross-country train trip

Aug. 6, 1917

Had fine tour through state

After a month’s automobile camping tour through California’s most famous scenic regions Mr. and Mrs. Austin Park and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kitching returned to Redlands last night. Since leaving here a month ago they have lived in their automobiles and have toured the Yosemite, gone from there through the Tioga Pass and over into the Feather River country, from there to Truckee over the lake road through Sacramento to Monterey. From Monterey they took the coast route home.

They are enthusiastic over the trip and report an excellent time without a single accident.

Aug. 7, 1917

Fisks are home from the east

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Fisk returned home this morning after a two months’ trip in the east. Mr. Fisk reports business booming in the eastern industrial centers and everyone working with interest and enthusiasm at the great task of carrying on the war. Everywhere along the Atlantic seaboard young men are enlisting in large numbers, and war excitement is prevalent.

The war is closer to the people in the east and they are more directly affected by it than are the people of the western sections. Aside from the outward excitement, however, Mr. Fisk says that he found little difference in the sentiment throughout the country.

He was in Boston during the Red Cross week and says that great excitement prevailed there during the raising of the allotted portion of the big Red Cross war fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Fisk left here June 4 to attend the graduation of their daughter, Miss Helen G. Fisk, from Mount Holyoke College at South Hadley, Mass. After 10 days spent in South Hadley they went to Boston for two weeks. They visited Amherst and Harvard and then went on to New York.

They were two weeks in the metropolis and were located near Columbia University, where the summer school was in session. Mr. Fisk says that over 4,000 students were enrolled at Columbia this summer.

From New York they went on to Washington and were present at the session of the Senate when the tax bill was brought up.

On their return west they visited Glacier National Park, where they report having a most enjoyable time. They returned home by way of San Francisco and spent five days in the northern city.

The war and the incidental establishment of the officers’ reserve camp at San Francisco are stimulating business in that city. Mr. Fisk states that San Francisco seems to be enjoying a period of business prosperity equal to that of many of the eastern cities.


Aug. 7, 1917

Wedding at Sacred Heart Church

At a quiet wedding at the Sacred Heart Church Miss Alice Montijo and Henry Joseph Romo were united in marriage by Rev. Father Fitzgerald. The bride and groom are both well known here and belong to old Spanish families.

The young people have been betrothed for some time and the wedding is the culmination of an interesting romance. The bride is the descendant of a very prominent Spanish family who came to California in the early days and the groom is also of a very old family. He is a contractor here and after the wedding trip to San Diego they will make their home here. …

The bride wore an elaborate gown of white messaline embroidered in beads. Her long veil was encircled at the brow by a wreath of orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of white carnations. Her bridesmaid was Clorinda Velarde, who wore a dainty frock of white net trimmed with white ribbon and wore a hat to match.

The best man was Julio Morales, from Riverside, a cousin of the groom. The attendants were Lupe Espinzo from Nogales, wearing a gown similar to the bridesmaid, and Alfred Romo, brother of the groom.

The bride’s home was beautifully decorated with pink and white streamers and greenery. The dining room was adorned with pink and white streamers, while the fireplace was banked with ferns and about the room potted ferns were used. …

Mrs. Romo’s going-away suit was an attractive one of plum-colored taffeta, with hat to match, with shoes of champagne shade.

Aug. 9, 1917

Public market opens Saturday

The city public market at the corner of Fifth Street and East Citrus Avenue will open Saturday for the first time this season. A number of producers have already signified their intention of occupying booths in the market and it is probable that the amount of produce displayed on the regular market days this year will be far greater than last. The market will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The number of truck gardeners in Redlands and vicinity has increased greatly this year. It is probable that there is more than double the usual amount of acreage planted to vegetables and much of the crop will be sold through the public market. City officials expect that a big business will be transacted at this clearing house for farm produce.

No charge is made for use of the market and farmers and gardeners who wish to display their produce for sale may do so without paying rent for the space required.

Aug. 9, 1917

Boy Scouts off to Bear Valley

The Boy Scouts start tomorrow on their long hike into Bear Valley. They will assemble at Library Park tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock where they will be met by automobiles. They will travel in the machines as far as Harvey’s and from there will start on the hike. They expect to make about four miles before turning in for the night.

About 22 of the boys have already signified their intention of going on the trip and they are out today rounding up others. It is probable that this number will be increased. At a meeting held at Library Park this afternoon Scoutmaster Carithers gave the boys their final instructions before the trip.

The schedule of the trip calls for the return of the party to Redlands on Aug. 21.

Aug. 9, 1917

Send books to soldiers

The A.K. Smiley Public Library is to join in the work of collecting books to be sent to the boys at the front.

The United States government has asked the American Library Association to assume responsibility for supplying the camps and cantonments with reading material. Every group of soldiers, small as well as large, is to have books. The public library in this city has been asked to get donations of books by Aug. 16. These will be sent to the various camps and cantonments throughout the country and will be made available to the soldiers, either directly, or through such agencies as have facilities for distribution of books.

If you will write in each book your name and address, the soldier who reads it will know that someone in Redlands is his friend and stands ready to help him.

Aug. 11, 1917

Billy Meyer some traveler

William Christian Meyer, better known, however, as “Billy,” aged 10, but bright and manly, arrived in Redlands Thursday noon, having come across the continent by rail alone.

Billy is the grandson of Mrs. A.S. Davis. Three years ago, then only 7, and with his brother aged but 5, he made the trip from Redlands to Boston, so he has come to look upon the journey as a mere matter of interest, not as a real adventure. He is the son of Mrs. Meyer, who taught the first grade in the Lowell School, and who is therefore well known here.

Billy says nothing of special note happened to him. He was in charge of the Southern Pacific and the officials of the trains gave him every care and attention. But then he was pretty well able to care for himself. In Chicago, where he laid over for a few hours, he was entertained at the YMCA, to which organization he belongs.

— Redlands Daily Facts


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