Bustle and activity now prevail at Mount Ararat. The mossed loft has been torn away, and the foundations of Goodwin Bros. & Conwell’s canneries are being laid. One of these buildings will be 600 x 150 ft., another 75 x 125 ft., and the power house will be 30 x 40 ft. All of these buildings will be of metal walls and roofs. Besides the activity prevailing, Captain Scull, at Sculltown, just across the road is repairing his five buildings, and farther in town, on the dock a large schooner is being built and near the public wharf “The Royal Canning Company” will soon be commenced. Truly Milton’s prospects are grand for the present year.
The Diamond State Telephone Company has settled poles for a line to Mount Ararat, also on Broad Street north, Milton, and will soon put in more phones in private dwellings.
Mrs. R. T. Coursey, Miss Laura M. Conner, Captain G. E. and Mrs. Megee, left on Friday morning from the Milton station, to attend the M. E. Conference at Smyrna. Miss Lillian Cade and Miss Janie Wilson took the train from Ellendale, for the same point.
It is officially reported that Miss Susie B. Carey, of Glenside, Pa., has donated $2,000.00 to the M. E. Church in Milton. Miss Susie, her sister, and her brothers were former residents of this town and own much property here, besides a fine summer residence which they occupy many times during the year. Their parents are at rest in the M. E. Cemetery at Milton, and their reminiscences of earlier years cluster around the old town. When we recall these facts we cannot wonder at the magnanimity and generosity of Miss Carey.
Postmaster John Black, celebrated twenty-fifth anniversary of his wedding on last Thursday evening. A recherché company of about eighty persons were present and partook of the hospitality of MR. and Mrs. Black and wished them 25 more years of married life.
On Thursday evening at the A. M. E. Parsonage in Milton by the Rev. M. P. Jackson, Miss Anetta Burton, of Nassau, was wedded to Mr. Elmer Harris, of Prime Hook.
Mr. Alfred Lofland has a cozy and complete brick building in north Milton, now nearly completed. The hgouse is 24 x 28 ft. The main building has three rooms on the lower, and four on the upper floor. The annex is not yet completed, and work is progressing on the front porch.
Mr. Alfred Wilson, of Stevensville, has been confined to his home for the past week by illness.
Mrs. John Black has recovered from a severe attack of gastritis.
Theodore E. Primrose is yet ill with acute diabetes.
J. Cord Clendaniel is building a stable for N. T. Veasey, on Veasey Avenue, south Milton.
Mr. John Coulter is putting a concrete walk around his building, fronting on Federal and Poplar Streets.
The lizards that have been so tames as to be in the yards and gardens of town have since the mild weather sought other fields, and an influx of black birds have superseded them.
John Simpler, the redoubtable “Simp” of Milton fame, a graduate and post-graduate of Georgetown academy for evildoers was arrested at Greenwood last week for having in his possession a quantity of goods supposed to have been stolen. Some of these goods was solder, etc. “Simp” claimed to have bought this solder of William Workman, of Milton, Mr. Workman was summoned to Greenwood, but, though having lost $40 worth of solder, Mr. Workman could not identify the goods. Furthermore, “Simp” claimed the man was not the “Workman” he bought of. “Simp” is back in his old haunt. Supposedly, “Simp” is insane, or was at the time of the commission of the act.
Purnell Johnson is making considerable improvement to the property of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, on Federal Street. The declivity in the south yard has been filled with many loads of dirt, and other improvements made.
Mr. J. T. Covell, of Centreville, Md., father of Mrs. R. T. Coursey, is the guest of the M. E. Parsonage.
A distribution of seed is at the [Milton] Times office. These are government seeds sent by Congressman Burton and it is useless to state, if like other government distribution of seeds, are comparatively worthless.
A young man took a desperate chance at the depot last Friday morning; the train was approaching, the fellow was driving fast, Express agent Jester hollowed at him, the engineer on the train saw the situation and blowing the danger signal, slowing down as fast as he could, fortunately the man escaped, but had it been an express going through, that man would now be laying in the M. E. Cemetery, and no one to blame but himself. The write was a witness to the whole affair, and remarked: “Better take no chances ahead of a railroad train.
James Ponder, Esq., of Wilmington, was the guest of his mother and sister last week.
The Royal Packing Company, of Milton, has purchased of Dr. J. A. Hopkins & Son property on the dock, near the public wharf, and will erect their buildings thereon.
S. J. Wilson & Son, the popular undertakers, furniture dealers, etc., have had a phone put in their office on Front Street, and also in their dwelling on Mill Street.
There was no preaching service at the M. E. Church on Sunday.
Mrs. Mary A. McDonald, wife of Eli McDonald, died on Friday in Angola, aged 59 years, 9 months, 14 days. Funeral at Connely’s Chapel last Sunday by the Rev. W. D. Wilson, of Rehoboth, and interment made in the cemetery of that church by S. J. Wilson & Son.
Mrs. Georgie May Behles, wife of Andrew Behles, died at Lincoln on Sunday, aged 18 years[i]. Funeral at her late home on Tuesday, by the Rev. S. W. Prettyman; burial in Lincoln Cemetery, by S. J. Wilson & Son.
Sarah J. Carey, relict of the late John Carey, died at the home of her daughter in Milton, on Sunday, on her 90th birthday. Funeral at her late home on Wednesday afternoon, by the Revs. McBradly and Sites, and interment in the M. E. Cemetery, by S. J. Wilson & Son.
The ospreys (fish hawks) have again made their appearance and may now be seen hovering over the waters of the Broadkiln spying out the festive herring.
William B. Tomlinson, for whom we inserted an ad in the Chronicle two weeks ago offering four mules for sale, informed us on Saturday last, that he had sold two of them.
J. H. Prettyman & Son, whose advertisement is now running in the Chronicle, for the sale of early plants of every variety, also ice delivered, reports good results; well they ought to have, as they are worthy, reliable, and responsible.
The Milton contingent arrived home from the Smyrna M. E. Conference on Monday evening. Rev. R. T, Coursey is returned as pastor of the M. E. Church for another year; and as if nature was celebrating the events, the next morning there was the biggest frost for many years.
[i] The registry of deaths states that she died in childbirth.