Ike and Martini Meyer
“Ike” and “Martini,” the two very interesting monkeys which have attracted so many visitors to Meyer Bros. Billiard hall, have left the city. They were purchased by Gentry for his dog and pony show and in the future will delight patrons of that aggregation of educated animals. That they will be an attraction no one who has even seen them will doubt. With no special training they amused everyone who ever saw them. Martini by his exclusiveness and Ike by being a good fellow with everybody. Martini was a born aristocrat while Ike was a common person. The first was a Republican and the last a Democrat. Martini was for expansion while Ike wanted the Philippines permitted to govern themselves. Martini was a total obtainer while Ike liked a drink once in a while. The could do anything but talk and came very near knowing how to do that. They sold for $150 and all the rounders cried when they were taken away. The old party who tips cues was all broken up and Charlie and Herman look as if they wished they hadn’t done it. So grieved was the former at the loss that he has wired for two more of the same breed and says it will be a cold day he goes to bed without a pair of monkeys again.
Ike and Martini were the monkeys of my husband's great grandfather and his great granduncle and twin, Herman and Charlie Meyer. At the time they ran a grocery, billiard hall, and saloon in Salt Lake City circa early 1900s.
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Denise is a family historian and fourth generation Californian.