July 27, 1906

The Lavinia’s Camp meeting committee of last year built a nice and commodious boarding tent, which was, and yet it is, a credit and an ornament to the genius of the management. Now, would it not be a grand idea for the present one to build sheds, or something of that kind, to shelter teams? “Uncle Johnny” is just now at leisure and would like to get into the camp meeting construction corps, provided there is anything in it; and if there’s nothing visible possibly, “Johnny” can evolve something out of it. He generally does.

It will be remembered that in the spring an agreement was entered into by the merchants to close their stores at 8 o’clock p. m., except on Saturday evenings, and then 10 o’clock. This agreement has long since lapsed, as it was generally expected it would; and each one closes now when he pleases. It has been said there never was but one thing organized in Milton, that could hold the people from backing; and that is the Building and Loan Association. There was a great many entered this and would have liked to “busted it up” after they brought their money out, but it didn’t “bust!”

Mrs. Fannie Atkins’ mother and sister, of Philadelphia, are the guests of her daughter and sister and Milton.

Mrs. Maggie Cannon and daughter Ethel, Mrs. Clara Rice, and daughter Lillian, and Mrs. Ella Burton, of Philadelphia, are the guests of their mother and brother.

Parker Mason, son of William Mason, had the end of the ring finger of left hand nearly cut off by the cogs of a wheat drill on Saturday.

Mrs. Elias Lofland has sold a part of her household goods on Saturday on public sale.

Miss Lizzie Lank, of Frederica, is the guest of the Drs. and Mrs. Hopkins.

Mr. Hartman, of Baltimore, father of the junior partner in the “big store,” is the guest of his son.

Edgar lank, Esq., attorney-at-law of Philadelphia, and wife, after spending a few days with relatives, have returned to the city.

Mrs. Simester, from Foocho, China, will deliver an address at the M. E. Church on Thursday evening. A collection will be taken of course.

The pumps were driven on Lavinia’s Camp ground on Monday. Will Conwell, captain of the ground, has washed his bed quilt and overalls and hung them out this week, that the atmosphere may assist in the general fumigation of these articles, preparatory to the opening of the camp. The grass will be removed next week from Lavinia Street, from its intersection with Mulberry, to the town limits, west, and probably some work may be done on the “Sam Jones Road.” Of this, more anon. It is feared that so much rainy weather, at present, may result so far as to have no rain during the camp. It is so nice to sit in the tents, and see the rain pouring down. No camp meeting is a success without some rain to relieve the monotony.

We’re trying to arrange a contest between the Rev. R. T. Coursey and S. J. Wilson, that will demonstrate a practical theorem: which shall growth the largest mustache in a given time? Conditions have not yet been completed.

Miss Lottie Welch has returned from a visit to Denton, Md. While there she visited the “Holiness” camp meeting nearby. Miss Lottie is not favorably impressed with the modus operandi of this camp, and is rather sorry she visited it.

The southern part of Federal Street was ploughed on Monday, and it is hoped a better road will be made thereby.

Peter Welch is making some repairs to his home on Chestnut Street.

Another switch is being put down at the railroad station. This is more particularly for the convenience of C. G. Waples’ saw and lumber mills in shipping and receiving lumber. This railroad company should do other work at the Milton station. On Tuesday last and on another rainy day, one cannot get to the station without wading, in crossing the railroad’s property. And besides, there are no water closets at the station, nor any other conveniences. This should not be thus at a station like Milton.

The continued rains are doing much damage to the wheat that is yet in this shock, and also clover. It is said John Wiltbank, near the Drawbridge, has a crop of clover cut, and in the field of which the estimated yield of seed 500 bushels. This is all ruined, and he will not even undertake to thresh it.

Mrs. Maggie McIlvaine, of Camden, N. J., is spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ingraham.

On Thursday, of the 19th, at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wilson, near Ellendale, Oscar T. Wilson departed this life, aged ten months and three [days]. The funeral services were held at New Market Church on Sunday morning by the Rev. H. E. Truitt, and sepulture was made in New Market Cemetery by S. J. Wilson.

At the Hopkins Hospital in this town on Monday, Drs. R. T. Wilson and R. B. Hopkins performed an operation for fistula on William Market. The patient is in a fair way to recovery.

J. B. Welch, as treasurer of Conclave No. 44, I. O. H., has received from the general office and paid over drafts, to the amount of $,2000 to the beneficiaries – – widow and children of the late Senator Thomas W. Jefferson, this being the amount of the death benefit in that order.

Rev. R. T. Coursey preached an “anti-bribery” sermon at the M. E. Church on Sunday morning. There was respectable congregation, and at the close of the sermon the altar was crowded, by invitation, with those who, by this act, pledge themselves to the neither by [nor] sell votes, nor lend their aid in any way to bribery. Then the next day someone had the audacity to query: “Wonder how many there were in that congregation who could not be bought at some price. “

The colored church in North Milton has been renovated, rejuvenated and cleaned up generally.

“Billy” Mears, the barber, has quit smoking in chewing tobacco. The good work goes on.

Miss Lucille Mustard, of Philadelphia, is the guest of Milton.

Rev. T. F. Kingsley and a party of six came to Broadkiln Beach from Upland, Pa., on Wednesday, and will occupy Mrs. Emma Johnson’s cottage until August 6th.