April 12, 1907

Reports regarding peach crop are vague, and while everyone believes he is right, no one claims to know the present status of the anticipated crop. We have interviewed many persons, and have many opinions. Mr. Wiltbank, of Milton, thinks the fruit is not hurt; Mr. Warrington, of Angola, thinks it badly damaged; and another gentleman from the lower part of the county says there will be enough peaches to keep the Milton steamer busy. And so it goes. Deponent knoweth nothing about it!

Elijah Melvin, of Frederica, came to Milton Wednesday, and spent the night in town, and transacted business for an order, for which he is a representative. On Thursday morning the writer had the honor to chaperon Mr. Melvin along the beautiful waters of Lake Fanganzyki, and a gentle stroll on Lavinia camp ground. Mr. Melvin was much pleased with Milton, but more particularly with our suburban limitations. Of course, at this season, we were at a disadvantage. Mr. Melvin knew this and said, “I’m coming here after the ‘robin’s nest egg’ and the ‘camp meeting materializes’.”

Constable Barsuglia returned from Georgetown on Wednesday. It is said Chief Justice Lore was absent the first of the week, and Constable Barsuglia was obliged take his place in court. Hence his prolonged absence from town.

There is a widowed lady in North Milton, who knows how to preserve a porch step. At the beginning of the year she had her property remodeled, repaired and painted; the step in front of the porch, she had nicely painted and put upon a wood pile in the side yard. It has been there in a good state of order ever since. This is certainly a good way to keep from wearing out a step, and may answer the two-fold purpose of saying, “I’m not at home.” For who would think of visiting a newly painted house and the porch step on the wood pile? We never thought of the idea.

Frank Carey has remodeled the back porch to his dwelling.

C. H. Atkins’ bulldog was killed last week. Thirty days ago he was supposed to have been bitten by a mad dog; and last week developed unmistakable symptoms of hydrophobia; hence he was shot.

Dr. James A. Hopkins and son are removing that portion of their property, recently purchased from the “Lofland Estate” on Federal Street, to form an addition to another property of theirs on Mill Street.

The beef and meet establishment of the Smith Bros., on the corner Federal and Mulberry Street, has collapsed. Joseph Walls has bought the debris in removed it to his store on Union Street. Strange that this is thus! But thus it is! Mr. Walls is a man of push, and overcomes trivial objects.

Mrs. Mary H. Mason, relict of the late Captain William S. Mason, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Atkins, on Wednesday afternoon, of general debility, aged 82 years. The funeral services were held at the M. P. Church on Friday afternoon, by the Rev. G. B. McCready, and sepulture made in the M. E. Cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son. There’s little to be said over a well spent life, in a local obituary. It may briefly be summed up in the language of “Saul of Tarsus”– (Paul of the Gospel.) “Follow me as I have followed my Savior.” The deceased leaves to survive her Captain Charles Mason, a man of note and well-known on the maritime exchange; William Mason, a well-known farmer and trucker near town; James Mason, merchant of Milton, and Mrs. Lucy Atkins, the honored wife of G. W. Atkins, of this town.

The work of excavation for the Royal Packing Company and Roller Process Flour Mill has begun, and the foundations are commenced.

Miss Edna gray, daughter of B. Frank Gray, who has been quite ill, is convalescing.

Theodore E. Primrose is yet quite ill.

Mrs. James Baynum, widow of the late Captain Baynum, is suffering from old age and neurasthenia.

Mr. Otis Goodwin, of the firm of Goodwin Bros. & Conwell, has removed his family from New York to Milton, and occupies the property he recently purchased on Federal Street.

Last week Town Council stopped the planting of poles for the electric light company. There appeared at that time a technicality of law in the case. Superintendent of the company, appeared before the town board on Saturday night, when terms were offered to adjust the difficulty. Mayor Stephens went to Georgetown on Monday and arranged with the company the difficulty. The town is to receive ten lights free of cost in consideration of the franchise. This, if satisfactory, provided the company is required to trim their polls up better and not disgrace the town by so much medieval rusticity.

Harry Dorman Robinson, wife of Burton Robinson, of this town, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph W. Buck, at Kensington, Md., on Sunday morning, while visiting friends in that locality. Mrs. Robinson was about 70 years of age. The remains were brought to her late house in Milton on the Tuesday evening train, where funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, after which they were deposited in the M. E. Cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

D. A. Conner, of Milton, has been appointed by the G. A. R. one of a committee on the Lincoln Park monument.