August 4, 1911

After a short absence abroad we have returned to Milton, and notice a few things that have taken place during our stay from home. They follow: The store house of Samuel Fithian is completed, as to the brick work, and workmen are getting ready for the roof. The building of Hazzard & Virden is slowly going up, and an asbestos roof has been put upon the new cannery of the Anderson Company. William Blizzard has repaired his sidewalk on Broad Street, and Lavinia Camp meeting ground is all ready for business. The wire fence around the ground has been repaired, the tabernacle new roofed, with felt, and the fire stands are in their appointed places. All things are ready, and the button will be pressed on the day this paper is printed. The camp will be the charge of Rev. Frank Holland, pastor of the M. P. Church of this town, assisted by an able corps of ministers appointed by the president of the Maryland Annual Conference for the purpose. “Come over into Macedonia and help us!”

Jim Jester, mail contractor, bus owner, auctioneer et al, is hobbling about with rheumatism; something unusual with him.

Proposals will be received for a janitor for the Milton Public School Building until to-night (Tuesday), when the contract will be awarded.

The M. P. Sunday School of this town and the Greensboro, Md., Sunday School excursioned [sic] to Rehoboth on Tuesday the 25 ult. There were about 180 from here.

Miss Eva Palmer is visiting in Frederica.

Mrs. Charles G. Cannon and daughter, Ethel, of Camden, are the guests of their many friends.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fowler and daughter, of Philadelphia, are being entertained by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. King.

Misses Katie and Helen Coverdale, of Ellendale, were visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Warren last week.

Joseph M. Lank and family spent a part of last week on Broadkiln Beach, with many others.

The barn on the Chandler farm was struck by lightning on the evening of the 18th ult., and several persons, who had taken shelter within, were stunned, but not seriously. The building was but little damaged.

The trees have been trimmed in front and around the P. E. Church. George B. Atkins has decorated the interior; and the church has on hand a lot of bricks left over from building that tower, which will be utilized by building a pavement in front of the church.

More work has been done on Chestnut Street. The main streets of the town are in a pretty good condition; hut, the lateral ones need attention.

The “corn cob trust” has gone out of business; probably afraid of Wickersham.

We had a sudden and tremendously heavy rain on Wednesday of last week, about 11 o’clock. It came up quickly, and the cloud was inky blackness. Many feared a tornado, or cyclone, but the cloud passed over without wind, or lightning, or thunder, but the rain descended. After the shower “Tommy” went into the street and commenced to walk through a pond of water on his hands with his feet in the air. His sister Jennie, standing in the doorway hallooed, “Tommy! Tommy! Come in here! I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” Tommy jumped to his feet and, straightening himself up, exclaimed: “Wouldn’t! Wouldn’t! By Jove you couldn’t! Bet you five cents you couldn’t! Come, put up your money and try!” Jennie didn’t try.

Charles A. Virden has the foundation completed for his new warehouse on the dock, and has commenced to put the building thereon.

The Royal Packing Company is making preparations tor canning tomatoes at the same old place.

Miss Mollie Hazzard, a teacher in Temple College, Philadelphia, is on her summer vacation and spending most of her time with her mother, Mrs. Emma Hazzard, on South Union Street.

Edward Manship, who has been in the Delaware Hospital, Wilmington, for treatment, has returned, improved both in health and spirit.

John T. Crouch has a stalk of corn in his yard that measures 14 feet from the ground to the tassel. A great deal taller than is Mr. Crouch.

The Welcome fly trap may be seen in front of many of the merchant stores gobbling up the flies. It is a good contrivance, and now will someone invent a trap to catch mosquitoes?

Why some newspapers persist in being so pessimistic is hard to discover. They have it now that potatoes will be “$5 a barrel,” “that dry feed is going to be scarce,” and in the same breath tell us of the prospect of a “banner” crop of corn, and the increased acreage that has been put in millet, clover and other crops for feed. “O, consistency, etc.”

Virgie Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore, died near Whitesboro on Monday the 25th inst. Funeral at late residence on Wednesday by the Rev. Sutton, and interment at Whites
Chapel by S. J. Wilson & Son.

John C. Hazzard, who has been spending several months with his son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. P. W. Tomlinson in Wilmington, has returned to Milton. He is accompanied by his daughter.

Across the mouth of the old Broadkiln River the cottagers and others are building a bridge or footway, five feet wide and 267 feet long, which is long enough to span the water. It will lie about three feet above an ordinary high water, and is expected to be completed and ready for pedestrians by the first “Big Thursday.” There will be a draw, 15 feet wide, for the passage of motor boats and launches.

Sparks from a locomotive caused another small fire in the woods of John Clendaniel on Thursday. It was extinguished without much damage.

Chandler’s peach orchard will be ready to commence work on in about a week. There is not a full crop in the orchard. On the north side the trees are full, but on the south there are not so many. Mr. Chase, the tenant, estimates a crop of 2000 baskets. They will be shipped to Scranton, Pa.

An itinerant acrobat amused the people in front of the Jester House on Friday evening by performing on a trapeze and taking a collection.

Thomas Black, son of Postmaster Black, and a student at Pierce’s Business College, Philadelphia, is taking a summer vacation at home.

Miss Letitia Black, the assistant postmaster, who is off on her vacation in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, is expected home this week.

Peaches are selling at the stores and on the streets at 8 cents a quart.

Senator Henry A. DuPont did not vote for the Reciprocity bill. Europe has more attractions than the United States Senate at $7,500 a year.[i]

Senator Henry A. DuPont

The M. E. Sunday School will make an excursion to Rehoboth on Tuesday.

A coterie of three ladies and three gentlemen from Philadelphia, came to Milton on Saturday, and were taken to Broadkiln Beach where they will occupy C. H. Atkins’ cottage until Aug. 10th.

Prof. W. G. Fearing has rented his tent on Lavinia camp ground to Dr. J. C. Wiltbank for the tenting season.

J. B. Welch will conduct services at the M. E. Church on Sunday morning. Rev Hurst will be in attendance at the camp at Concord, Md.

W. T. Starkey has presented the M. E. Sunday School with a call bell in honor of the primary department, it having obtained the greatest number of new pupils during the last quarter.

Albert L. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, died on Saturday, of congestion of the kidneys, aged 10 months and 8 days. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at Whites Chapel by the Rev. Frank Holland, and interment made in the adjoining cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Henry Atkins, who has been suffering with diabetes for some time, is said to be improving.

A strange occurrence happened on Sunday: There was an excursion on the line of the M. D. & V. Ry. and no one went from Milton to Love Point. A similar one was run to Rehoboth and eight went from Milton. There’s no keeping up with some church members.

A company of ladies and gentlemen went from town early on Monday morning to Broadkiln Beach to spend the week.

A phone message from one of his sisters at GIenside, Pa., to J. R. Atkins, undertaker, was received on Thursday evening announcing the death of her brother. Dr. John F. Carey, that morning in Wyoming. The remains were brought to Milton on the Monday evening train, and on Tuesday morning the funeral service was held by the Rev. Hurst and the body deposited in the family vault in the M. E Cemetery. Deceased was born and raised in Milton, and for many years was a medical practitioner of the town. On account of ill health, which the Delaware climate intensified, he removed, several years ago to Wyoming and engaged in business. Dr. Carey was twice married. His first wife was a Sussex county lady, and was killed by being thrown from her carriage while driving with a double team on the streets of Cheyenne His second wife survives him, as do also two sisters, the Misses Sallie and Susie Carey, of Glenside, Pa., and one brother, Hon. Joseph M. Carey, governor of Wyoming; all of whom were in attendance at the obsequies. Deceased was 69 years old and leaves no children.

[i] The Reciprocity Agreement with Canada would have provided for the free trade of natural resources and the reduction of duties on a variety of other products. The agreement was accepted by the US Congress. However, it was rejected by Canadians..