November 15, 1901

The purchase of the chemical engine that has been here on exhibition, has been voted upon by the citizens of the town, and a resolution passed by a vote of 76 to 33 to purchase it. From our conversation with many the citizens of the town prior to this vote being taken, we were led to believe the majority were against the purchase and would vote to that effect. But one can never tell what a political convention will do; and the same may be said of a meeting of a Town Council. It appears we did not talk to the right people regarding the matter, or they changed their minds before the vote was taken. It is more than probable, however, that in Milton as elsewhere in matters pertaining to finance and public improvement, the power behind the throne is greater than the throne itself.

That the town needs an apparatus for fighting fire, no one can deny; and if this engine suits the demands, that is all that is required. We hope it may. There are always two sides to a question; and people look at things in a different light. We hope in this case the majority are in the right.

Mr. J. A. Lingo, of Rehoboth City, has bought of J. H. Warrington, his mercantile business consisting of farming implements, hardware, groceries, etc. Mr. Lingo has taken possession of the store and dwelling, on the corner of Federal and Wharton Streets, and Mr. Warrington will remove to the Goslee property opposite the M. E. Cemetery, and on the corner of Chestnut and Mill Streets.

The Hart House, under its new proprietors, has undergone quite a metamorphose. The interior has been repainted and repapered; the rooms have been nicely furnished with new beds and bedding, and all other necessary requirements. Already the attractions of the place have gained for it more than its usual patronage. All of the men from Baltimore who have been working on the building of the Sussex Trust, Title and Safe Deposit Company have boarded here, and say the menu served exceeds that generally found in city hotels. Mr. Benjamin Palmer, who did the artistic work on the interior of this house, has this week beautified the inner part of one of Mr. Ponder’s dwellings on Federal Street.

The brick work on the building for the Sussex Trust, Title and Safe Deposit Company is completed and the workmen left on Monday for Lewes to erect two buildings in that town. Mr. Nailor is now putting up the rafters on this building preparatory for the roof, which will be of slate.

The new will being erected on the site of the old one at Paynter’s pond, by the Wagaman Brothers, will be a modern building with a large capacity for flour and feed; and with the flow of water from this pond, it will be an exceedingly dry time when steam will be required to run the machinery. The work is being rapidly pushed, and it will be but a short time before the manufacturing will begin.

W. R. Wright, an enterprising merchant of Milton, has introduced a saw which is run by a hot-air process, and will saw and spilt wood for the citizens and deliver it to any part of town.

E. K. Carey will leave Milton this week for California, where he will reside in the future.

Efforts are being made to build another canning house in, or near, town. Something of the kind is badly needed to give employment to the children, and we hope that stock enough may be subscribed for to make the effort a success.

Mrs. Eliza C. Marvel, relict of the late Manaum B. Marvel, died at the home of her son, George Marvel, in Angola, on Thursday, the 7th inst., aged 85 years and 29 days. Funeral at St George’s Chapel Sunday afternoon. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Rev. Jesse Taylor conducted the funeral services and S. J. Wilson directed the interment.

Joseph M. Lank, of this town, has been selected first officer of the Milton branch of the Sussex Trust, Title and Safe Deposit Company, of Sussex County. Mr. Lank was formerly assistant postmaster of this town, and later a salesman in the gent’s furnishing house of E. C. Eisenberry, of 1227 Market Streel, Philadelphia. He is well qualified for the position, is polite in manner, gentlemanly in deportment, and will, no doubt, perform the duties required of him with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers. While the Milton branch office is being completed, Mr. Lank is employed in the Lewes office familiarizing himself with the business, so that when he shall have taken charge of the office here, he may not be wholly unacquainted with his duties.

Charles A. Conner is about commencing to build another store house near the bridge. Dimensions of building, 18×35 feet. It used as a general store.

A “mass meeting” of the “Milton Board of Trade” was held at School Hall on last evening. The object of the meeting was to devise plans for the establishment of industries in Milton. The meeting, was largely attended and several resolutions adopted which, if carried out, will prove of general benefit to the town.

Before this communication shall have been read by the citizens of Milton, the crack, crack, of the breech loader will be heard in the land, and the wounded bird will flutter and die. Already preparations are being made for the conflict, and on Friday an army of gunners will invade the State under the direction of the “Delaware Game Association,” and in a few weeks game, that is said to be so plentiful, will be scarce, and the bone fide residents of the county will be unable to get any for home use. Farmers and landowners keep all men outside the State off your property and save your birds; you have raised them and they are yours. As much so as are your chickens.

Clement Hart is doing repairs to the outbuildings of Mr. John T. Conwell, near town.

The seven-year-old child of Peter R. Dutton died at Lewes, and was buried in the M. E. Cemetery at Milton on Tuesday. The cause of death is said to have been diphtheria.

Mr. Wesley Coverdale has completed the painting of Alfred Johnson’s residence on Atlantic Street.

The fine weather that has prevailed for several weeks, was brought to a sudden change on Tuesday afternoon. As we finish this communication the rain is falling, the wind is blowing to the northwest, and every indication of cooler weather is apparent.