September 9, 1904

Robert Palmer has purchased a building lot of Mrs. Margaret Prettyman on Chestnut Street. A very desirable location, and it will make a pretty home.

Miss Maggie Ellingsworth, formerly saleslady in C. H. Atkins’ store, now of New York City, with her friend, are the guests of Milton.

The town has built some well curbs, which it proposes to settle on Chestnut in order to drain a little piece of that section which cannot without a great deal of expense the emptied into the branch.

Isaiah Culver, formerly station agent at the Queen Anne Railroad, who some time ago tendered his resignation to the company, has been relieved from his duties here, and has gone into the shirt and overall business with Messrs. Douglass & White.

E. N. Lofland’s steam yacht, the Ralph Welch, is now engaged on the Broadkiln: and Captain Lofland is very proud of his new craft.

At the Democratic primary held on Saturday afternoon, Charles G. Waples, Somerset Reed and James Tarr were elected delegates to attend the Dover convention.

Lightning struck–or rather ran down the track at the Lofland brick works on Thursday; shocking nearly all of the workmen, and tearing the shoe off from a Negro. No damage was done to the works.

This is certainly a dull time on Milton. It is true the factories are running but mechanical work is at a standstill. The steamer create some excitement upon her arrival and departure, but otherwise stagnation reign.

The yacht Fanny, recently purchased by Captain Mumford, of Virginia, from ex-State senator F. C. Maull, of Lewes, and has been undergoing a change at Scull’s shipyard is now nearly completed, and will soon be ready to be sent to her new waters in Virginia.

Tomatoes have been caught this week for 10 to 12¢ per basket; peaches from 40 to 60¢ per basket.

Captain James Bennum died at his home in this town on Sunday afternoon age 81 years; funeral was held at his late residence on Tuesday afternoon, and interment made in the M. E. Cemetery. Rev. L. P. Cannon and G. W. Hines conducted the last sad rites, and J. B. Atkins was funeral director. In the early part of his life, Captain Bennett was engaged in the Cuban trade, was subsequently pilot on the steamer which ran from Mahon’s River to New York during the peach season, getting her freight from Frederica and other points nearby. During the last several years of this life–until almost two years since–he was pilot on the steamboat Republic, which ran between Philadelphia and Cape May. As a Delaware Bay pilot Captain Bennum was considered to be unsurpassed.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnson and keep the watermelon party in honor of Mrs. Johnson’s sister, Miss Maggie Ellingsworth, and friend of New York. The party was not only enjoyed by the visiting young ladies, but by many of their friends of town. It was held on Friday evening.

Professor W. G. Fearing is repainting the P. E. Church.

Last week a part of the officers of the river cannery, chartered E. L. Lofland’s launch for a beach party. The gay company were chaperoned by professor W. G. Fearing, was is also an “old sea dog” and a most enjoyable time was experienced.

John and William lank of Philadelphia, came down on Friday per steamer, and spent Saturday and Sunday with their mother, grandmother and brother, trust officer of the Milton branch of the S. S. T. & D. Co.

Edward Atkins engaged in the refrigerator business in New York is visiting his parents.

Presiding elder Morgan preached at Zion M. E. Church on Sunday.