Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 20
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 20

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
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THE CALIFORNIA FARE luxuries of Pampered Eastern Rich Are Common to Poorest Family in San Gabriel Valley. Foodstuffs are More Diversified and Cost Less. Summary of Grocery Business. hot us see now, how much foci lliere in In Hi" oft-repeated assertion Ihfit It costs more to live In California than! it do«-H in the middle weslrirti or far- j eastern stales. We he:ir thai asser-1 lion made often by persons who have! just arrived here. And what amount I of trulh is there In the statement I sometimes made that. California has! not ihe facilities by which lo .-ei-ve ; the I'lsidenl al his own door as Is the ease in the east? A thorough, truthful: article relating to llie concerns supplying UK wilb foodstuffs in the Kan Gabriel valley will shed a deal of light. VVr are going lo explode this belief. llrno embraced the little struggling village. With Ihe railroad came a new Impetus to hiiHim-HH; the town began to Hotllo up rapidly, and the people had If) be fed. A «(" f 'tdy, healthy growth came to the community and to the Warner, Whltm-l Company. Todny this firm occupies fi.r.Wi square feet of spare In the store alone, not including the warehouses and bakery. Within a few months n new building of brick v/ill be completed for them, and the firm will occupy the entire space of llie fir-si I wo floors. The new building Is '.',!', feet by 100 feel, and Is being losly and absolute iniogrity of this i firm in ;ill its business dealings has learned for it the respect and patronage which it possesses at this time, ! and It Is a business of which the people of Covlria are complacently proud. I If is the person who comes lo Call- 1 lornifi ;md itvos In a city room, cook! ing over a ga.t jet, who says that it COHIH ni'-re (o live b'-r" (.nun In the '-ast. One m;ty live m;:cli ch'-nper In Covina than In the easlein slates. Fuel to keep the house warnr/1s not an ilefti in this land whore it is always summer. 'I'he country produce.-; vegetables and friills the year around :n incred- many years a merchant in Southwest i Mlasourlr neat Kansas City. For this reason' h'e Is In a position to state what difference, If .arty, there Is In prices on the necessary artfcelea of living. "Such articles as cane sugar, butter, lard and the general staples remain I the same in pi-Ice on this coast," says i Mr. Horne. "I find very little differ! ence in prices between Southern Call-' ! fornia and Missouri. For Instance, the best premlfim bacon was selling for 25 cents when I left Missouri, and a few 'days later In California I was buying •it for 20'cents. This is only the natural raise In price resulting from the , long freight haul." Mr. Horne'H method Is to deliver his : uoods In the city every day and to : make alternate trips to the country districts on the days when other gro- ! eery firms do not cover the ground, HO ihat. It gives the country patrons, 'ihiotigh this system, a delivery every ;<l;iy In the week from the combined gorcery firms. Nearly every ranch In iho valley has telephone service, so ihni It Is a simple matter to keep supplied with the necessaries of Humble. Since coming lo Covina Mr. Horne h;is made many friends through his i liberality In conducting his business. i a'nd these friends invariably become ; patrons. At all times when something | of a public nature is on foot, Mr. , Ilorne is ready to do his share in mak- | ing the affair a success, and this spirit i makes him one of the up-io-date and (desirable merchants of the town. With such men as Mr. Horne in charge of the principal business houses of Covina, Iho progress of Hie town Is assured. Mis store? is fine of the best /•quipped to be found in any town of I I he size of Covina. in the San (iabrlol ! valley, and the stock Is a diversified lone of exceptionally high grade. ! Robert Crenshaw has built up a healthy business in meats aud grocer! ies since taking the old stand near the | Southern Pacific depot, formerly known | as the Northside market. Mr. Creni shaw makes a specialty of the eastern I cured meats ana the refrigerated fresh meats. The meat market has always given perfect satisfaction under his | management. Crenshaw's teams cover the valley for delivery of goods, and he has a large force of clerks in his em- i ploy. Like other firms in the grocery i business in Southern California, this i proprietor finds that a large and diversified stock must be kept in order to j supply the cosmopolitan trade of the I valley. When the future growth of i the city of Covina is taken into con. sideration, it will be seen that the location of Crenshaw's business, is one which will be surrounded by a thickly settled community. Already, this por- ! tion of the town is rapidly growing, new dwelling houses being built near i the big business firms that maintain i their business in this locality. COVINA BANKS. An o3cl woodchopper In soujtheril Missouri worker! from dawn till twl>- light each day for over thirty years living In the most pitiable squalor, hoarding every penny of hla earnln'gs through all the long, miserable years, in order that he might give his children, all estranged from him, a suitable Htart in life after he passed on to a world less barren of the milk of human kindness. Years of toil swelled his savings to about $5,000, which he was in the habit of secreting in various places In his wretched cabin. Finally, In his old age, he became fearful that someone would rob him, and took to burying his money in the forest. Me changed the location of his sold once too often, as he discovered when he endeavored to locate the hiding place. The marks denoting its location had been obliterated, and for years It was village gossip that the old. woodchopper might be seen wandering at any time through the forest looking vainly for the spot that held his life savings. Somewhere In those woods is a small fortune in coins large and small. Hundreds have hunted for it, but it never has been found. The old Missouri woodchopper would have nothing of banking institutions. He distrusted everyone but himself and was finally the cause of his own undoing. There are thousands of cases of this nature even in this enlightened day and age. Old stockings containing hard-earned savings have been burned up in conflagrations; men have been murdered because it was thought they were In the habit of keeping largo sums in the house. Hut the great bulk of business men make use of the banks as surely as they would take precaution against going to sea in a leaky boat. Banking in- Htitutions are an essential part of our wonderfully Intricate system of bus! ness clearance. Many business houses could drop entirely out of sight, and Big Fivc,-ccnt Boxes of Strawberries 365 Days in Year, (J. F. Home's Grocery) Koiitlicrn California Is a cosmopolitan country. The elll/cnu of Covina and surroundings nn> inside up of hit oring men, retired professional mi^ii. well-to-do ranchers and merchants, and those people come from the four purls of Iho earth, bill ospo- according lo lht> plans of commix the lull;-, 111 tod linn. There rosl-room for ladies, tin al I r;iol I vo suite of offices and the Moor-space of the Hloro Is provided with the liilesl methods of handling goods in a systematic manner. In Iho rear of this IV Iho KngllBh-spcakiim n»-i building is Iho bakery, a separate brick Ibly low prices. The man who slays here ten years and pays a, visit lo I ho oast will hi variably stale on returning Dial !lie cost of living in Hie east is higher in proportion lo what is procurable I ban II is in Iho K:in (lalirio valley, and none of Iho year-:iround luxuries are to be obtained. Kor the The Matthews Real Estate Company j is a reliable firm in the matter of prop- I erty appraisement. Years of association with the growth of this valley has brought about a thorough understanding of every phase of the real estate business. Wo carry a very heavy property list. Communicate with this firm for all information concerning the San Gabriel Valley. Foodstulls in Slock to Please people from Every Slate in Union, (Warner, Wl-it rl & Co.'s Store) vlna Valley Bank, and was organized as a naflonal b>n>k In May, 1901. This Is a brief resume of the First National Barik, an institution that is founded without question on the safest and sanest of business principles. Covina National Bank. In May, 190(5, the Covina National Bank was organized, and care was taken fo select the most responsible business men that could be obtained to occupy positions governing the bank's policy. The directors are: J. B. Coulston, president, also president of the Colton National Bank of Colton, California, the Colton Savings Bank, the Crown City Bank of Pasadena, and director of the First National Bank of San Pedro, and an extensive orange grower; Dr. J. D. Reed, vice-president, a director in the Home Telephone Company and the Covina Valley Gas Company; V. O. English, cashier; Samuel Fesler, orange grower; J. H. Coolman, president and manager of the Covina City Water Company, and director In the Covina Valley Gas Company; J. \j. Matthews, editor and proprietor of the Argus, and postmaster of Covina; G. H. White, retired capitalist; ,T. N. Maurer. It is certain that a bank reflects solidity or the reverse upon its depositors, according to its own standing in the commercial world. The business world has confidence of the highest nature in the Covinn National Bank and this reflects confidence on every depositor in this bank. The man with a small balance In a good reliable bank will find his credit as good or better than I lie man who has one hundred limes the amount in a bank with an Indifferent reputation. Dimes Versus Dollars. Both the First National Bank and the Covina National Bank, maintain savings banks, which are respectively the Covina Valley Savings Bank and the United States Savings Bank. Practically the same men serving the larg- Covina National Bank the world would wag on just the same, but. if the world lost its system of banking with nothing to replace it, the entire business world would stagger and cease to operate. The integrity of a bank is the most essential matter oi' investigation. It is not always Iho man \\ith the biggest bank account thai can command the most credit, in spite of opinions to the contrary. Much depends upon the character of the bank or bunks where his money is deposited. The reputation of a bank like the First National of Covina renders it as solid as a Gib- raller in financial circles. It might be truthfully said by way of parodying an old phrase: "A business man is known by the bank he does business with." The officers of Iho First National Bunk of Covina are: W. H. Holliday, president, who is also president of the Merchants 1 National Bank of I.os Angeles; Marco II. Hollman vice-president, vioe-prosideni and cashier of the Merchants' National of I.os Angeles; .1. R. Klliott. vice-president; W. M. Griswold, cashier; directors, (!. K. Anderson, II. M. Ilouser, J. O. Ilouser, C. F. Chipp, C. Mom-foe and A. I'. KeroUhoff. The bank lias a capital of ij>r>0,(iuO and a surplus of $41!,(Kid. Deposits at all limes roach above the mark of $;!im,onn. and their limns amount lo over $2mi,onu. The First National Hank is successor lo the Co- er banks are at the head of the policies in the subsidiary savings banks. First class real estate security is the only method of letting out loans from the savings banks, so that at all times the depositors are absolutely secure. The savings banks are well patronized In this section, for wages are fairly good, and work has been plenty among the laboring class. The bank officials encourage the small depositors, pointing out. the fact that a small deposit gradually increased is the only sure manner of becoming the owner of a home. Hundreds of laboring men, engaged in all classes of trades, have received their start from these banks. The accumulation of from three to five hundred dollars in this manner Is sufficient for the laborer to use in the purchase of a handsomely situated building lot, which, when purchased, can lie made the starting point for the erection of an attractive cottage on the installment plan, or through the assistance of Iho building and loan associations. There are contractors in tin- valley who make it a point of business to erect houses for the working class on easy p<iymonts : providing the lot is owned and deeded to the person wishing to build. This is one- of the great points in favor of Iho savings banks, and through these institutions many a homo has boon buill in this valley. linns, pi incipall.v from Iho oasioru stales ol' iho American iiailun I'nun o\orv state and limn ovor.v parl ul i-Vel.V stale III (lie Ullinll. \Vllelller they dwelt 111 iho oily <n- in iho ouiiuiiy before routing here, I hey are linW cosmopolitan tillers nf llu- soil under llie linoM collilll inns ever offered through Cod in man. Karh one has experienced a reriain mode nf living bofiire c.-Hliili" here, eerlail! baliils nl limit are strong \\iih him. Can yon guess whai this means u> a .merchant dispensing food si nils'.' It means ihu he must not iis carry such a diversities line nf goods as has no\or been seen in an> More in any niber ooimir.v. Ami ii all lends in make a bin business, railing Inr judgment and laci hi iho seler|imi (it goods. The I'M in til Warner, Whiisel ,v Cn. ni' Covina lias iho largest grocery slmv in iho I'pper San Gabriel valley. In fad 'he linn stands ve;y close in the tup in a canvas of the stale, musMe nl the higgesl cilies. For seventeen \ear.s the I'll in lias boon gradually add hig in its !;;;-.iness. "building one sione iipiin another." studying eimdii inns and lleelts 111 tile COUIllry as il progressed null] the genileiiieii comprising this eiiiiipaii.v have as wide a knowledge nf lite needs ill' the people ill StiUlllefM I 'alil'ni Ilia as can be nhtained. U'hell Mr. Warner Marled his l.tir-iiiess here tin-re was a hl.icksmith shop and two .Voles ill the I ll W 11 ; Iin 111 11 e I place.-, ill iiliwille.i.-i. Tile \Yarilel 1 Mi'le i ircll pii-d a building with an inierior nf ivvi-ntv- .-quart- feel, ami for li\e > oai s i h. emu piiii 1 . received practically all Mo- pi 'innate nf the vicinity, but iln- i > un IIV Was ton lleW III!' extensive ll.lde .-ii ihat little prnlit was n-.ilued Hi iho.-c years. Tin- linn was oliii.-.-d in haul iis freight I'inm an ail jninin- 1 :ir,vn. a.- lite i;ti!i-n;ol.- hail mil al ilia' building, whore L'.IMMI louses of lucail are Mil lied mil ,\\ ntio h.iklng.. Xive 'delivery wagons cover a dlsir.n m In i square miles, embracing lite towns of ' Irvv indale. Walnut Coiner, Charier Oal, ami Vinelaiul. Knur men are kepi al work in l lie bakery constantly, and the linn employs in all 17 men. Kiesh li.eul and pastry is dollsoretl to iln : people of Cnvina City every tl.iy . ami in the outlying ilislrids three timer- each week. II will lie seen llleil. vvllll ill' elli oiont Illel Illlll III' lleli \ el V . I lliM I lie •country disirirls in iho \ alley an- MIS del 1 11 system of heller service than are thousands nf small mvvns in tin Illilltlle Wesl ami elSl. allil llie hie.I ihai in coining to live in California i: | In remove tti u wiltlel'liess, is a tali thai is old and untrue llecaiise ni I he fad I hill each seel inn ill I hi •I'liiled Stales represeliletl heir liar different lasies as regards in mils in I'oitdsl tiffs, the stock of the store must necessarily be enormous. As the resi 1 ilelil becomes actpiailll etl V. ilh llie iCalilnrnla mellioils, he becomes less suspicion;-' nf the regular ariic'es nl ten-it fur sale ami ceases to demand alvvavs for the Well known prodtlds he leceiVid wllell ill llie hnllle InWII ill :he "isl. bill the siorK mils! alwavs leinain ili vei silled For ihls reasnii llie \\'anier. Whilsel Cnmpanv lias a store c'lniineiisuraie \viih town* oi leii i lions.iinl people, anil i he roum i v which tin- tirm supplies has ai le isi i hal iiuinl-er of p"i>nle \v u Inn n s cnii iiller. 'I'he members ill the cnlll|.all\ have always taken all adive I'.iieier-i in i In- w ellai e of I he ell v . al vv a v s i e iminmu: in an aitiinde i-1 lib.-ial pni< lie sjiii ii . ready at all timer, in <ln u h;,i .-, -i-im-d fur the 1 i-si iniei .---is nl ih<- InVV II The ll.-VV Sli.I e Will h, .1 'I ''ill' •" I i.' Sun (I.tin lei v a':h-v I in ie -i. humblcsl family may have the mosi luscious fruits any month in llie year ai pi ices mil half what is charged for i the same fruits in their brief seasons in Ibe east. .Colons, si ravvberries, svvtel pot lines. Hew pnlalnes and beans in Christmas and Thanksgiving iresh fruits every mnnili in the year. The cost nf living is untlnubieilly cheaper and the I'ooilsl tiffs obtained are beiier. the menu more variable The Warner, Whilsol Company has ilnlle milch In prove this In everyone. What Others Are Doing. "Whai to eat" is a quesiinn Ihat bothers many a family in llie eastern ciiiintr.v during iho long season when •veryihing thai the earth produces has been exhausted, and green grocers shako i heir heads when askett tor sninelllillg :lppelt/illg ill vegetable.; Slop iiiiu a grocery siore in Southern i' i lift M nia at any I inn- nf the v eai. ami vnil will lilld his biixes piled Iliuil willl the products of tlie gardens, brought III.Ill the siirniunding ciiuiilrv. iillen Inn it few hours since il was urnvving in llie lielils ami gardens. In order in enjoy strawberries ami iho small liuiis , ai Chris! mas. the easterner musi en her p i \ one dollar per hn\ in i he lint houses ni else lake a I'aiii for Califtirnia where they can be purchased in anv i|iianiiiv [nr live cents ihe linx .1 F Htirlle. nil'- -if llie big 'elaU groi-eis nf I'luina. makes a specially nl ureen stuffs from the gardens, ami has buill up a leputaiinn sim-e coining lu-i e All i he gaf'leii (rucl. >'!' i his 11 ivv n s i-i m sum j 'i ii m is raised \v i' h in a li-vv mill's if I he hollies W he: e li Is consumed \! i Home, as well as ihe oilier ^rni-'-:-- jiicks up ihe i• - :. s and I'llller and pln.lucls of llie g'.trih-lls ^v li :• "i. •!..- 1,1.1,1 .1,-llv. ; :n_ :>..• l.f ~ o: ,!••!- \! i li : h" vv .,- ;... First National Bank oi Covma

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