October 17, 1902

The annex to our town at the end of the lane, is becoming quite a thriving little place. We call it “Stevensonville” in honor of an elderly gentleman who resides there, and who, on account of the infirmities of age, has retired from active labor. Most of the people here own their property, and are enjoying life in a comfortable way. We are acquainted with most of the population, that is, with the heads of the families, individually, but we do not know it numerically. There is one store kept by Mr. Robert Walls, quite a clever gentleman, and one who is doing a good business. The other citizens are an industrious people, and engaged in various pursuits. We have no doubt, but in the years to come, this annex will be a valuable acquisition to the town of Milton.

It is almost a settled fact, that the homes and business places of town will be compelled to burn wood during the prospective cold weather. Already there have been fifteen cords of pine sawed and delivered for the use of the schools, and more of a different kind has been engaged. This enforced arrangement will necessitate procuring wood stoves, not only for the school, but for business places. The M. E. Church will put two air-tight wood stoves into the lecture room this week, and services will be held therein during the remainder of the autumn, and the winter months.

The refrigerator of Captain C. H. Atkins setting in his back porch, was burglarized one night last week, and a quantity of provisions taken therefrom. Mr. Atkins had a lock put on the next day.

During “court week” the people of Milton are always anxious to hear the news from Georgetown. Last week it came here slow, and the remark was made: “We used to get the news of court proceedings quick from Georgetown, but since we have telephone communication and a railroad, we scarcely get any.”

Mr. John Ponder, of near town, has quite a collection of tropical fruit plants at his home, consisting of bananas, oranges, lemons, etc. They are in pots, and some of them now have young fruit on them. Mr. Ponder takes great pride in this collection, as he should, for they are indeed, pretty, and he has many of them. He intends to transplant many of them the coming spring into the virgin earth.

Edward Reynolds is cutting a large quantity of hay from the marshes near the mouth of the Broadkiln. This he is bailing and shipping to Philadelphia under contract.

Mr. John Lank, of Philadelphia, paid a visit to his old home on Saturday, returning on Monday.

The large embankment along-the road leading from Milton to Lavinia’s Woods, made so by the hauling of dirt away for road purposes, has been caving down during the recent rains. This would have been dangerous to life had anyone been working there at the time of the caving.

Miss Mamie Conner is studying book keeping under the tuition of the Columbian Correspondence College, of Washington, D. C.

Orpha V. Warrington, wife of John W. Warrington, died at her home near Bridgeville, on Thursday of consumption, aged 26 years, 8 months, and 11 days. Funeral services were held at Chaplin’s Chapel on Sunday morning, and interment made at Reynold’s M. P. Church. The obsequies were solemnized by the Rev. H. S. Johnson, and S. J. Wilson conducted the funeral.

Rev. Walter Ellingsworth, of Garrettown, Pa., will occupy the M. E. pulpit on next Sunday, both morning and evening.

Mr. Thomas Spencer, agent and overseer for Mr. William Chandler, of Scranton, Pa., shipped to the latter from his farm near Milton on Monday, 400 half-barrel baskets of Keiffer[i] years [sic].

Persimmons and acorns are plentiful. It is said by the “old folks” this indicates a hard winter.

G. W. Atkins left on Monday for another business trip. This will extend through Baltimore Hundred and other parts of the county.

Henry Wilkerson, the pioneer of the “Milton Times,” and at present editor and proprietor of the “Caroline Sun,” published at Ridgely, Md., paid Milton a visit on Monday, returning home on Tuesday. While here he was the guest of S. J. Wilson.

Mrs. Annie Carey, Miss Lydia Dutton and Mrs. Virgie Mason, attended the State Convention of the W. C. T. U. held at Smyrna last week. Miss Lillian Cade, president of the Union for Sussex county, and Miss Lillie M. Davidson, corresponding secretary of the Y. W. C. T. U., attended ex-officio. At this convention Miss Lillian Cade was elected delegate to attend the National Convention to be held at Portland, Maine, commencing on Friday of this week. Miss Janie Wilson, State Secretary of the Y. W. C. T. U., will also attend ex-officio[ii]. These ladies will leave Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Mr. John P. Wilson has purchased of D. M. Conwell his young mare Bessie G. Very spirited, stylish, and has the qualities for great speed.

Ward & Merritt’s cannery at the railroad station closed on tomatoes last week. They are yet coming in, however, and are bought by D. M. Conwell for Baltimore parties.


[i] The Keiffer pear is what we would today call an “heirloom” pear. It originated near Philadelphia in 1863.

[ii] By virtue of one’s position or status. This was certainly applicable to Lillian Cade,