May 26, 1905

On Wednesday afternoon the citizens of Milton, who are interested in the improvement of the Broadkiln met was Major C. A. F. Flagler and Engineer Miller, of the U.S. Engineer Corps, in Fireman’s Hall and discussed the matter. The showing was not what it ought to have been. There were many absent who pose in financial circles, and would consider as injustice done them were one to question their lack of business skill. The meeting was fairly attended, a deputation of the principal men of Lewes being present. We are inclined to thinks the report of the engineer will be favorable. On Friday, Mr. Miller with some rowers, went at work sounding the river, and when this shall have been done, we may expect other developments. However Mr. Miller finished his work in that line on that day, after taking 2600 soundings. It is thought a survey will be made soon.

Some interior work of importance has been done to the Wagamon flour mill during the past week.

Until we took a more extended walk last Saturday, we were not acquainted with the damage to Lavinia’s Wood. It does appear that the M. D. & V. R. R.’s locomotives, and the elements, are trying to make of this splendid wood a waste. Well, the elements can do it; they extinguished napoleon’s campfires on the night of the 17th of June, 1815, the night before Waterloo, and they can do this, if so ordered. (The above refers to the storm of Monday night, the 15th inst.)

Theodore Megee’s […], a part of the tillage of which is on a declivity, the recent rains have washed the corn out of the ground. He has planted again.

Christian Jensen, formerly a resident of near Milton, died at the home of his daughter in Lewes on Monday.

Commencing on Wednesday, May 17, the mail pouch on Harrington and Franklin City R. P. C. train, No. 592 by M. D. & V. train No. 106 leaving Milton at 8.05 a. m., will be thrown off at Ellendale, and mail for intermediate points between Ellendale and Harrington, will be as formerly. The above may appear ambiguous, yet it I for s a verbatim copy of postal arrangements.

P. J. Hart’s female wild goose has hatched a brood of young in the park, along the shore of the lake. These wild geese of Mr. Hart’s are something unique in Milton, and they appear to be happy swimming on the lake and answering the call of the wilder ones, that fly south in autumn and north in spring.

James jester, express agent, when off duty he spends his leisure and shooting bull frogs along the shores of Lake Fanganzyki. It is not uncommon for Mr. Jester to come home with ½ dozen or more of these table delicacies at the time.

Two fruit growers from Seaford were in town last week engaging colored Sammons to pick strawberries.

Mrs. Sallie Ponder is having her residence repapered, by a workman from Georgetown.

P. J. Hart has bought of William H. Sharp a young horse that is much admired by connoisseurs, in that line.

Scarlet clover in the suburbs of town presents a pretty appearance.

The practice of hauling lime in sacks by farmers, for land purposes, is something new around Milton. But if we look into the business, we see it has its advantages.

Strawberries are plentiful and sell from 6 to 7 cents a quart; pineapples at Charles Conner’s, 10 to 12 cents each, according to size.

L. B. Chandler has so far recovered as to be able to be out on crutches.

Robert Hazzard, after an absence of three years, is visiting his mother and sisters. He is engaged in the railroad business in Wilmington.

Saturday was appeal day from extravagant town taxes. “Pike Neck” made a speech on the “assessment laws” and told the Board what to do and how to do it. As he left the office he said: “It’s no use to say anything, they’ll do as they please anyway.”

J. C. Clendaniel has built a front porch for Captain William Pettyjohn.

The Draper Cannery, of Prime Hook, is again hauling canned fruit and shipping from Milton station. There is a large quantity of white oak vessel knees[i] ready for shipment from the station. The traffic for vessel knees has been suspended for many years in Milton.

It is thought some kind of demonstration will be made here on Decoration Day. Rumor says a brass band will furnish music for the occasion, and speakers from abroad will furnish the orators.

The anniversary of the Epworth League, which was not held on the 14th on account of the storm of that evening, will be held in the M. E. Church on Sunday evening, the 25th inst.

The wild rhododendrons are in bloom.

Irvin King has erected large buildings on the corner of Chestnut and Wharton Streets, and a carriage bazaar includes one part, and farming implements and machinery the others.

Edward Workman died at the residence of Henry Messick on Saturday morning, of consumption, aged 28 years, 8 months and 7 days. Funeral at McColley’s Chapel on Thursday, by Rev. H. E. Truitt of Ellendale, and interment in adjoining cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

William Fields, baggage master on the M. D. and V. R. R., and wife, spent Sunday in Milton

A game of baseball was played between the Milford and Milton on Saturday, on the Athletic Baseball Ground; score 7 to 6 in favor of Milford. It appears Milford is beating our boys all the time.

John Paynter Carey died at his home near Milton, aged 62 years, 7 months and 30 days. Funeral at Wiegand’s Chapel, and interment in M. E. Cemetery in Milton. S. J. Wilson & Son, undertakers.


[i] A knee is a form of curved bracing for a vessel or general woodworking