April 19, 1901

On account of the disasters that Milton has received in the months that are passed, augmented by other circumstances, the cry has gone forth that this will be a full year for the community. Indeed, the experience of last week would go far to give credence to this prognostication. But, it must be remembered, it is always thus at this season of the year. The farmers are busy; and when the suburban population are busy at their home work, the business of the town is naturally slack. The apparent clouds that have hovered over us are receiving a brighter lining, and the prospect is growing more encouraging each day. The sequel will depend, in a large measure, upon the action of the community: – Through the efforts of the Board of Trade a gentleman from Havre de Grace, Md., has been induced to wait on that body regarding a packing house in the town. No definite conclusion was decided on at their meeting. The gentleman will meet the Board again at its regular meeting, this evening, at which time it is hoped sufficient inducements will be offered to cause him to accept the conditions.

We are officially informed that the Isaac Robinson cannery will be operated this year. It will be operated by Isaac Robinson, provided the growers will contract with that gentleman; otherwise it will be managed by the receiver appointed by the Court to adjudicate the claims of Isaac Robinson’s creditors. The cannery will pack tomatoes, and perhaps peaches.

The prospect for a fruit crop was never better, and with proper facilities for transportation – which we shall probably have – we may reiterate, the clouds “are receiving a brighter lining.”

Mr. Willard Ellingsworth brought to the office of S. J. Wilson on Friday evening, a curiosity. This is a pair of pigs united, somewhat on the order of the Siamese twins. The pigs are, of course, dead. There is no malformation. They are perfect in every particular. They lie upon their sides facing each other; and their stomachs are grown together. There is no overlapage; the flesh is united and as smooth as through it is the stomach on one pig. The union is about three inches in length, and extends equidistant on each side of the center of the stomach. When found they were dead, though Mr. Ellingsworth thinks they were live born. Mr. Wilson, who embalmed a strange fish some years ago, and which is yet perfect, has tried the experiment of embalming this latest curiosity.

Mr. Isaac Nailor is building a concrete wall in front of the residence of Mrs. Lydia Black. He has also contracted with the Queen Anne Railroad Co. to erect station houses at Overbrook and Whitesville.

On Thursday evening of last week, the Masonic fraternity gave a banquet in the lower room of their lodge, on Chestnut Street. The affair is said to have been a brilliant one. There were many present from neighboring towns, among whom we may mention GH. M. Jones, Esq., of Dover; who, it is said, appeared to be the central star, around which all the satellites revolved.

Mr. Theodore Messick, former editor of the “Milton Times,” visited Milton last week, returning to his home on Monday.

Miss Fannie Leonard, who has been confined to her home by illness, is recovering.

  1. M. Lofland has put down a new pavement in from of his residence, on Federal Street.

Mr. Burton M. Robinson and family, have returned to Washington.

On account of the smallpox scare at Seaford – the home of J. H. Wiley, Superintendent of Schools – the Board of Health and Town Council of Milton, refused to allow that gentleman to hold an examination for teachers, in this town on Saturday.

Wild geese were noticed going north last week. A sign that winter is now over.

Kenney Jones, who has been quite ill at his home near town, is reported improving.

Mrs. Susie B. Davidson will close her school in Cave Neck on Wednesday. By commencing early in September, she has been enabled to complete the 140 days this early.

The Broadkiln hundred Bible Society will hold its annual meeting on the evening of May the 12th, to elect delegates to attend the 34th annual meeting of the Sussex County Bible Society, which will convene in the M. E. Church at Milton on the 16th prox. Rev. L. P. Corkran will preach the sermon on that occasion.

Mr. E. B. Carey, who was thrown from a carriage a few weeks ago and internally injured, is very low at present with hemorrhages.

Mr. Anton Neibert, shoemaker, who recently located here, is having a good run of work; and is supplying a want long felt in Milton – a good cobbler and shoemaker.

Rev. H. E. Nelson, the former pastor of the M. P. Church, left on Monday for his future charge – Talbot, Md.

Mr. Joseph Spencer is visiting his sister, Mrs. W. J. White, in North Milton.

Coal is scarce, and the weather cool, and those who have been using coal during the winter, and are out of that article, now feel the effect of having to go back on wood […] early.

A heavy storm – snowball storm, say the knowing ones – raged around this section on Sunday, continuing on Monday, and the sky was lowery ad the atmosphere murky on Tuesday. The tide rose to a considerable height; Magnolia Street was overflowed, and the residence of Joseph Fields, near the bridge, became a very near neighbor to the accumulation of water. Notwithstanding the great quantity of water in the river, the fishermen went out on Tuesday morning early, and brought in shad.

Mr. E. C. Muller, who has been confined to his home for two weeks by a cut foot, was in town on Tuesday accompanied by his daughter Emma.


Mr. Clarence Welch, manager of the “Big Store,” informs us that business is improving, and that the past week, although made adverse by storm and wind to mercantile business, has been equal to many others of the year. Certainly, with such a gentlemanly manager, assisted by as efficient a crops of salesladies and salesmen as represent the “Big Store,” Mr. Seligman should not be behind in gathering his share of Milton’s trade.

The Executive Committee appointed to formulate a program for the annual meeting of the Sussex County Bible Society, to be held in Milton on May 10th, met at the office of Dr. Jas. A. Hopkins on Tuesday afternoon and performed that duty. The program is not yet available, but may appear next week.