July 4, 1902

The school election was held on Saturday, according to law, and as per announcement. There was much interest manifested; but no particular animosities engendered. The following shows the result: Ticket sustaining the action of the old Board–F. H. Douglass, 45; W. G. Fearing, 44; Harry Robinson, 45; Citizen Ticket: E. W. Warren, 59; J. C. Limit, 38; Josiah Culver, 60. The newly elected members with the members holding over, met on Monday evening and organized by the election of Prof. W. H. Welch as president; the re-election of J. C. Palmer as secretary; and the re-election of David H. Wiltbank as treasurer.

It is useless to say anything about the mail arrangements of our town. A coterie of aged gentlemen, who have business with the Milton office, were assembled on the corner discussing the question a few hours since, and the reminiscence of these men were of the days when the old stage line ran between Wilmington and the southern part of the peninsula, and the consensus of opinion was that the route of fifty years ago is preferable to the present. Said they: “When we expected the mail, it came; if it was a ‘long time between drinks.’” Our Milford paper due here at Friday noon, was received by some of the subscribers on Saturday morning via Lewes. One bundle has not been received, and many subscriber: did not get the Chronicle; notably the writer, and many others. This is no fault of the Milton office; but due to the defect in the mail arrangement. Every one ought to squeal.

The Secretary of the Milton Board of Health gives notice that all offensive hog pens must be cleansed, or removed from the town. He is silent about the Philadelphia street sweepings lying on the dock.

On Sunday morning a farmer passed the home of Mr. Willard Ellingsworth with a basket of eggs, bound for Milton. Mr. Eilingsworth accosted him with: “Good morning. Mr. _____, you have a nice basket of eggs on Sunday morning.” “Well, it may be Sunday with you, but, it is not with me,” replied the farmer.” After riding a short distance he returned and asked Mr. Ellingsworth, “Is this Sunday?” “It is,” replied Mr. Ellingsworth. “Well, I have hoed all of my termatesses[i] and started to Milton with these eggs.” Mr. _____ was in town early on Monday.

The Milton W. C. T. U. in fighting Washington, and all government employees buildings, etc. In nearly a column of nonpareil type[ii], published last week in the “Milton Times,” the Union representatives scathed Washington, and all persons favorable to restaurants being kept in the Capitol building. Truly, “Distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountains with their azure hue.”

Christian Jensen and his recently made bride, are having a time anything but lovely. Mrs. Jensen, formerly Kate Matoues, of Philadelphia, married Mr. Jensen some time ago, and has deserted him two or three times since; at one of these times staying from her loving spouse about three months. She has now sued this little Dane for maintenance, and will likely not get it. This item is published by the request of Mr. Jenson.

There will be a picnic held in the grove at Zion M. E. Church on the Fourth of July; and one at Prime Hook schoolhouse. The Milton Fire Company will visit Lewes on the anniversary of Columbia’s freedom, and drill with the Lewes Company, and Capt. S. B. Bennett will go a clamming at the mouth of Prime Hook Creek.

The following named ministers have been selected by the Rev. E T. Little, president of the Maryland M. P. Conference, to attend the camp meeting to be held at Lavinia’s Woods, from August 2nd to the 10th. First week, J. L. Mills, C M. Cullum, T. S. Cain; second week, J. W. Grey, G. W. Haddaway, G. H. Stocksdale. Dr. A. D. Melvin, ex-president, will also be in attendance.

Mrs. Alena Richardson, of Dover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Atkins of this town, left the former place on Tuesday in company with friends for a pleasure trip to the “Thousand Isles,” and other places of natural beauty, in and around the St. Lawrence.

Miss Mary Fisher, reported ill in our last communication, is convalescing.

The cannery at Harbeson is putting in machinery.

The general agent: of the many life insurance agencies who do business in and around Milton are often seen in town in close converse with their local agents. It is said they take their subordinates around the woods and practice them in an up-to-date style of walking, that they may become proficient in their business.

The Milton Depositors of the Lewes National Bank in having some improvements made in the interior of its building this week.

J. C. Lank has been appointed registrar for Broadkiln Township of the tenth representative district, and Luther Black, and William Workman assistants.

Any person wishing to make a desirable horse deal will do well to call on the Milton town bailiff while taking a slumber, or as one says “in a state somnolence.”

Mr. Alfred White of Camden, N. J., has been visiting his mother Mrs. Ida White.

Prof. W. H. Welch was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Barker, at their twenty-fifth marriage anniversary, held at. Cedar Creek. It is understood Prof. Welch made the “hit” of the occasion. The Prof. is always at home on the hustings.

Beardsley & Lofland have completed the multitudinous and multiform arrangement of their machinery. The plant starts up with all of the augury of success. With a capacity of 40,000 bricks a day, this firm can supply the neighborhood, and rebuild Atlantic City.

Mrs. Sarah E. Jackson, wife of the Rev. M. F. Jackson, minister or the A. M. E. Church of this town, died on Monday morning of complication or diseases, aged about 39 years. Funeral services were held at the A. M. E. Church on Wednesday and interment made in the cemetery near town. J. R. Atkins, funeral director.

Mary L. M. Carey, wife of Willard Carey, aged 31 years, 1 month, and 11 days, died on Sunday. Funeral services were held at Beaver Dam M. P. Church on Tuesday, by the Rev. Frank Holland, and the remains were laid at rest in the in the Cemetery adjoining. J. R. Atkins, funeral director.

David C. Marsh was drowned the 25th. The body was found on Saturday, and shipped to Nassau on Monday the 28th. S. J. Wilson funeral director met the remains at that place, and conveyed them to the home of his sister, Mrs. R. Frank Truitt, from whence they were taken on Tuesday and conveyed to the Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Hundred, and after the funeral discourse interred In the Marsh Cemetery.

Miss Maggie Harmanson of Berlin, Md., was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Atkins last Tuesday.

The washouts at Lavinia‘s bridge, of which we have spoken so often have been repaired; and we must commend the supervisor for his efficiency in doing the work.


[i] This appears to be a dialect form of “tomatoes.”

[ii] 6-point type