May 12, 1905

With a little trouble on the part of the owners of lots, M. E. Cemetery in this town might be made a nonpareil as a silent resting place for the dead. That portion of it south, near the schoolhouse, and last fronting on Walnut Street, is in a nice condition; but the part fronting on Chestnut and Mill Streets, are overgrown with wild ivy and grasses, which make it anything but attractive. The pinks and flowers that are in the east and south parts, give it a beautiful appearance, while the beauty of those in the west and north parts is lost by their contiguity with the wild flora. The work of clearing away this unsightly mass may appear great, but when those most interested take the matter in hand and begin work, the difficulty will vanish. Everything in nature and art has a certain beauty about it, and why not a cemetery?

Mrs. Joshua Carey has sold one of her buildings on Broad Street to John Messick for $800

Mrs. Letitia Wilson, daughter Lizzie and granddaughter grace, are visiting in New Jersey and New York.

David Argo has removed his family to Broadkiln Beach for the summer.

Draper Cannery, of Prime Hook, received a carload of cans last week, via Q. A’s. R. R.

There have been new buckets put to the accommodation well, in front of the Hart House.

Mrs. Margaret Prettyman has been making home repairs to our front porch on Chestnut Street.

Captain George Hunter of Philadelphia was a Milton visitor last week.

The game of baseball was played on the athletic baseball grounds on Saturday, between the Milford and Milton teams. Score 4 to 3 in favor of Milford.

The Eucharist was administered at both the M. E. and M. P. Church is on Sunday morning.

Dr. Alfred Smith delivered a lecture on “Temperance” at the M. E. Church on Sunday evening.

The quarterly conference of the M. P. Church was held on Saturday evening; at which it was decided to commence the camp meeting at Lavinia’s on August 11th .

Joseph Fields, who has been quite sick for several weeks, is improving and able to be around.

The funeral services of William Chipman, who was found dead in a branch near Lincoln on Friday, were held in the link in M. E. Church on Monday, and interment made at Barratt’s Chapel by S. J. .Wilson & son.

On Saturday Harry Sparks, an employee on the M. D. & V. R. R., (formerly the Queen Anne’s R. R.), well-known to the frequenters of the Milton depot, was killed at Denton, MD. He was on the eastbound train and while unloading a gasoline engine, the gangplank slipped and he fell with the engine on him, crushing his head. He died almost instantly. Deceased was a single man, and made his home at Love Point. Mr. Sparks have been appointed to a higher position on the road, and this was his last day, and last route on his then present capacity.[i]

Mrs. C. A. Conner is visiting her parents near Georgetown.

The 16th anniversary of the Epworth League will be held in the M. E. Church on Sunday evening.

“The Best of All” is the name of the new singing books recently purchased for the M. E. Church prayer meetings.

The colored school in North Milton closed on Friday. The teacher of the school Miss Adele C. Neal is a graduate of Hampton University, Va. She has taught the Milton school for three terms and, we understand, is engaged for another term. Under her tuition there’s a marked improvement in the colored children of the town; particularly in their manners toward the white people. One seldom meets a colored boy and girl on the street now without he or she speaking in a most polite manner. This is certainly due to their education. Some may object to this item because it is eulogistic of a colored lady; but we say: “Honor to whom honor is due.”[ii]

By a new schedule of the M. D. & V. R. R., which went into effect on Monday, the mail leaves Milton at 8:05 AM, locked pouch for Greenwood; 9:30 a. m. star route to Ellendale; 4:15 p. m. regular mail through going west. Coming east, arrives at Milton, 11:58 p. m., through mail; 12:45 p. m. star route from Ellendale, 8.29 p. m. locked pouch.

Joseph Fields, the contractor, who carries the mail from the post office to the station, has another driver sworn in. Nearly all of the available help in town and surrounding country are now sworn mail drivers.

The question was asked on Tuesday why Town Council has dirt hauled on the streets and a few weeks has it hauled off again? We cannot tell, unless it is to give employment but playing at “hide and seek” among the officials.


[i] In July of 1905, Mrs. Mary J. Sparks, Harry’s mother, filed suit against the M. D. & V. R. R. over his wrongful death.

[ii] Quotation from New Testament, Romans 13:7