Everyone Invited to Visit Mosswood
EVERYONE TO VISIT IN IS IDEAL PARI! SITE INVITED TODAY MOSSWOOD, WHICH u Trad Which the Late City Attorney John L Mlroy Tentatively Bid In for Gly by the Aid of '.. Public Spirited Bankers City Wants to Arrange for Its' final Purchase as a Park. ? v -Z2 vfe Sx J Ml- ?Qri vV iJvo A-JAv yn KAJSTiC. t - assistance of the iclty In its j effort to gain municipal control of Mosswood. Four banks, the. Oakland Bank, of Savings, Union Savings Bank, Central Bank and the Fi;nt National Bank made up the , sum of 165,100 with which to back up Gould's bid, and then turned the property over to the Bankers' Trust Company as trustee, pending such time as the .city could arrange to pay for It. ! Since then, incidental expenses, ' such as taxes, malnt&iance. etc., will probably bring the: cos up to about $75,000. It is proposed to include the purchase price In the next bond Issue, which will be submitted to the people in twp or three months. To Be Bought Later : The park will be open on Sundays from (BY EDWARD J. TYRRELL.) YOU may you may not know where Mosmvood in. , IVrlutps you may know it location, but the chances Are you Ifuve n-vT liad the opportunity of wandvllns' along its sinuous paths and enjoying tlie beauty of this truly- mw nlflcent purk site, for while situated' in practically the heart of ourclty, it lias ben In private ownership for many years puMt, and then again, the very' appearance of the dilapidated and unsightly old fence mirroiinding it lias no doubt damp-" ened the curiosity of passers-by, for fvrcly, if ever, I believe, has such a wonderfully' cultivated piece of ground been surrounded by such an uninviting Inclonure. V It is ap ' ideal park, modeled after hc grounds of English country. homes, every nnn of which Is a park. Unfortunately In this country, a park too often means a lawn In whlh some trees have been planted aqd some flower beds . placed, while the natural beauty has been marred by conventional arrangement. Needs of a Park To make a park, one must have, above 11 other things, a feeling for natural beauty, and an appreciation of the jhar-mony of natural arrangement. This Is what makes the parks of the old world no beautiful and this is" what makes Mosswood so desirable. It Is unique In that It Is a park in which the natural beauty has not been destroyed by cultivation, but rather enhanced. Long residence abroad made the former owners familiar with the small parks which sur round English country honies, and the Ideas thus gained have been Incorporated Into Mosswood. . No conventional lines mar Its Artistic setting. The trees 'look jaa If they belong there -had always beenf fhere. Winding paths give beautiful j vistas: everything Is In Its i prima The rones are fairly ': blooming themselves to desth and the hawthonw and wistrla make brlllhuit the grove ef eucalyptus. ITer we have thp beautiful combination of a garden with a park. The flowers nre not v I In. beds In the center of a lawn or along the borders- In the usual conventional manner, but scattered here and there amid the trees and shrub In "the way In which flowers grow In the natural woods. - - ' r'' 1 O I of by of of O. of in of Its Natural Beauty Beautiful pines, cedars, firs and Kpruces, both native and foreign, thrive here. Flowering shrubs and blossom-, ln Tines make Mosswood a veritable bower of beauty. Orlolea, song-sparrow and groixheaks fill the air with their floods of melody. Our own native oaks give thr park dlgnliy and repose that enhnoes Its charm, while a beautiful grove of se- Jlonwood especially dear (o every true lover of the beautiful In nature. But It would be presumptuous on my part to attempt an elaborate descrlp tlnn of the grandeur of nature' ac-fomnllnhments an contained In Mosswood. The accompanying pictures i will convey' a better Idea of Its heretofore ' recludrd beauty than anv word pictures I might trv to create.' Tmi must. ihoW- ever. setinlly see it before you can ob tsln a proper appreciation of Its wortder- f id development. " j Open This Afternoon This afternoon, from one to .five. through the courtesy of the Bankers Trust Company, the Park Commissioners of the city of Oakland invite, the public to visit Mosswood, and for the benefit of , those who do not know Its location, Ir would state that it Is hounded by Broadway, Moss avenue and Gold MtreeU, and contains nearly twelve acre. , .j A short history of the events which resulted In Its being thrown open to the public for Inspection will not, perhaps. b uninteresting. - The former owner of this wonderland f roses, vines and trees, Julie T. Moss th widow of one J. Mora Moss, both of,i whom will be remembered by most of our old residents, died October 20th. 1904, in Perchtesgaden. Bavaria, and In her will directed her executors ' to sell this piece of property, long known aa Mosswood. i In the due course : of administration this asset of her 'estate was appraised at the very moderate sum - of $46,000, with the result that several shrewd real estate experts, appreciating the real value of the property, endeavored to, Vurchase same from .the executors. A -., &r rat ' WlfV.v ". CCK2 OV 3T3E, SHT5IVVXC2x4-MOSSWOOD : Henshaw, with the assistance' of Mr. Oould and our late city attorney, X B. McElroy, decided to enlist the help of the bankers of this city, to; the end that Mosswood might b preserved intact and pass under municipal control. Several of the prominent bankers authorised Gould and McElroy to endeavor to secure this property' when It waa put up for sale In '"open court. They were given . authority to bid not m6re than $65,000. Bids were received and a private party offered $63,000, being the mwdmum amount McElroy and Gould Wta-e authorized to bldj but McElroy, with that rare discernment which .char acterized all his actions, influenced -by a .keen appreciation of i, the great value of the site to the city, took a chance on exceeding his Instructions and made an 'offer on behalf of Gould of $55,100, at which price the property was ordered sold to him. Loyalty of Bankers This was In October, 1907, when the financial depression was aomewhat alarming, but to the credit of our bank- one to five p. m. from May 16th, in or der that the -people may have an oppor tiinity of becoming acquainted with it. Real estate experts say that the land alpne Is worth much more than $75,00p, j scf for park purposes its value must $f J necessity, be greatly In excess of that figure, as It would take much more than ' $75,000, and many years, to bring1 a bare piece of ground up to such a splendid development as now exists In Mosswood. In addition, there are many rose bushes shrubs and. small plants there that can be transplanted In other parks throughout the city, thereby saving considerable money. It Is to be hoped that the general public Ttfill avail themselves of the opportunity of viewing ' Mosswood. I know of no one who has visited the park who did not come away thoroughly convinced that the city must acquire it. At the same time. It Is expected that the visitors will appreciate the confidence reposed in them by the Bankers' Trust Company and not pick any flowers or injure the trees and buildings in any ers be it said that tHey came to the" manner. INSURANCE AGENTS WILL FIGHT PLAGUE Company Offers Services Of Its Force to State of Penn-: sylvania FIGHTS POET STEPSON ON 100TH RTHDAY Its First Sale In 1905 this magnificent park was tentatively sold to private partle for the. sum of $50,005, when, one H. A. Williams appeared In court, claiming th right, under the terms of a lease froili the decedent, to have a conveyance of the property made to him at the highest price bid by any other party. His contention, ' as well as final confirmation of the sale to the other parties, lingered 'it' court for some months, and In the meantime a new appraisement of the land waa ordered by the court, which resulted in its being i re-appralsed at $60,000, the enhanced value being attributed to the completion and operation of a car line out Broadway, whifh, of course, made It more accessible to the business center of the city. Confirmation of Its sale for $30,000 was refused by the court, and then WllUam O. Henshaw i and Wilson S. Gould, now a park commissioner, began to devise some ways and mean thereby the city might acquire the ' park. . , Mr. McElroy's Work When time for its; f)nal sale approached, and It waa found the city hfd w money available to purchase It. Mr. Centenarian 1 Wants Bricks i ! Laid and No. Dallying With the Muse HARR1SEURG. - Pa.. May 14 C A. Wade, of Pottsvllle, district superintendent of the Metropolitan t,Ife Insurance Company, has notified state Health Commissioner Dixon that the sevlcts of his Entire force would be placed at Cie disposal of the Pottsvllle ? tuberculosis dis pensary. I The offer was made to the state through Dr. L. T. Kennedy, chief of the dispensary at pottsvllle. Commissioner J l 11 . VA aclotansXA rf agenU will -be- Invaluable la collecting data and otherwise furthering thecanv paign. i "FOOL SOLDIER" BOND : . WILL HAVE MONUMENT CHICAGO. May 13. After the lapse of well nigh half a century, the band of young Sioux Jndian. kAown as the "Fool Soldier" band, which in November, 1862. at great personal i risk to themselves, rescued at a spot near the Missouri river. In what Is now Walworth county. South Dakota, two women ajid four cliiliren. whites, who had b-ea ' abducted by a roving .band of Slotix from their homes art Lake Chetek, Minn., are to be remembered and their heroic behavior com-memorated by a suitable monument;. Under the auspices f tp South, Dakota Historical Soclett and the South Dakota Pioneer Association,- a granite shaft will bo erected a mile from Mo-bridge,; 8. D., whefe tle rescue was effected. The "Fool Soldier" ban consisted of eleven young Indian braves, ttnd - their act was one of th? exceptional deeds of the aborigines In which te whites were befriended at the ribki of incurring os j NEW. YORK. May 13. Arrested on the complaint of his 100-year-old stepfather, Francis Poprioreski, 40 years old, of Soutii Brooklyn, was arraigned on a charge of assault. j The centenarian said that his name was Anton Wysti and that he was born In Poland May 1, 1808. His wife died twenty years ago, and when he was 95 he decided to celebrate his birthday by another marriage. i "Your -honor," said Wysti, "my step son is a very good bricklayer, and a very poor poet. He never gets any money for his writings, but keeps right on doing it, the same as if he couldn t get over it, like rheumatism. He wanted to write a poem about me on my birthday, and that made me mad, and , we fought. He hurt me so . that I had to go to Seney Hospital." After hearing both sides, the magistrate discharged the (Stepson. ' tracization and the enmity of not only their own tribe, but . the entire Sioux nation, at that time powerful aaid warlike. ; . i A ttr- rnnpfiivtnr ti. Hen nf av1 n f tbe white captives the young braves watched with unceasing vigilance Until the opportune time "came, when the"y secured possession of the captives, and rushed them to a white settlement, whence they were returned to their homes. j Walworth county was at that time to-tall unsettled by whites, but af$er the whites settled the country the members of the band were always welcome guests tally unsettled by whites, but after the . Walwcrth County Old Settlers' Association was formed the survivors of the band were features of every reunion of ;the association. .