August 23, 1907

Arthur Shockley, who had a horse killed at the Milton Railroad Station, desires to thank the people of Milton, Milford, Lincoln, Ellendale and vicinities for their munificence and generosity in donating money to reimburse him for the loss of the animal.

A quantity of Bohemians—160, it is said—were landed on the Milton depot on Wednesday. They came from Baltimore to work in the cannery at Harbeson.

Bateman Shockley has got back to his old home, the Ponder House. Bateman said, “I don’t get much wages, but I get something good to eat and a good bed to sleep in.”

The revival of the obsolete law taxing ice cream vendors, eating houses, etc., militates many a poor woman, who has been in the habit of making her living of such means. There is one in Milton who is obliged to quit selling because the sales will not warrant taking out a license, and to use [her] own language, “I don’t know what I’m going to do!” She has no other means to support. Such laws should be repealed and the State revenue raised by other means.

W. W. Conwell, cashier of the Milton National Bank, took his vacation last week: he went to Broadkiln, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, travelled over 700 miles and was back home on Friday. “A very busy vacation,” someone says.

Clement Hart has, in his flower garden, a sunflower stalk—or it might be called a tree as it resembles one in form—over ten feet high, that now has over fifty flowers in full bloom, and as many more buds that will soon be blown. It is a curiosity in this locality.

On Wednesday evening of last week Miss Essie Walker was joined in matrimony with Mr. Alfred Lofland. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. R. McCready at the M. P. Parsonage.

Captain E. N. Lofland is building another launch out of the debris of the wrecked Ralph Welch.

The colored camp meeting will commence on Sept. 1st, instead of Aug. 25th.

On Monday at the Goodwin works, in trying to raise the 10,000 gallon steel tank on the trestle, 60 feet high, the guys broke when the tank was within three feet of the top, and it came down with a crash, bruising it up somewhat, but not so much as might have been expected. On Monday the poles for the electric lights were settled from town to these works. The barrack, with a capacity to accommodate 150 people, is nearly completed. Captain Goodwin went to Baltimore on the Sunday evening train and returned on Tuesday with 175 men, women and children to work in the cannery.

Mrs. Lizzie Jarvis, of Harbeson, nee Miss Lizzie Bryan, of Milton, is very ill with typhoid fever.

Josiah Culver is quite sick at his home on Union Street, north.

Oscar Betts, who had a piece of 2 x 4 scantling[i] fall on his head on Friday, is improving.

W. T. Parker, of New York, is a Milton guest.

Fred Welch and family, of Philadelphia, are visiting J. B. Welch and family.

Edward Mears and family are being entertained at the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Mears.

Miss Laura Conner has returned from a visit of five weeks in Philadelphia.

Miss Maymie A. Conner has returned from a Philadelphia visit, and is accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Susie B. Davidson.

Mr. Frank Manship and sisters, Misses Annie and Helen, are occupying the Edwin P. Johnson cottage at Broadkiln Beach.

The honey bees that have been on the end-box of W. B. Tomlinson’s dwelling for several weeks, were hived on Tuesday by William Clements.

The foreign help brought here by Goodwin & Co. to work in the cannery, appear to be above the average. They are American, English and German, are well dressed, especially young women, and are polite withal.

Miss Mae Knowles, of Bridgeville, is the guest of Mrs. William Wilson.

Susan R. Draper died at her residence at Waples Mills on Friday, aged 85 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral services were held at her late home on Monday afternoon by Rev. Cochran, and interment made in the Milton M. E. Cemetery by J. R. Atkins. Deceased was thrice married, and leaves to survive her five sons and two daughters: James Holland, of Prime Hook; Dr. Joseph Waples, of Georgetown, Frank Waples, of Slaughter Neck, Charles G. Waples, of Waples Mill; Mrs. Mary Morris, of Milton, and Mrs. Susan Bell, of Maryland.

Lester Donovan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan, died near Milton on Saturday of brain fever, aged one year and 18 days.[ii] Funeral at Sand Hill on Monday afternoon by the Rev. Thomas and sepulture made in the cemetery nearby by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Ruth S. Millman died near Lincoln on Friday of a complication of diseases, aged 82 years, and 2 months and 9 days. The funeral was held at her late residence on Sunday by the Rev. Good, and burial made at the Millman Cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.


[i] A piece of lumber of small cross section, or a term used in shipbuilding denoting a standard set of dimensions for parts of a structure

[ii] The death certificate lists the cause of death as meningitis (tubercular). If this is accurate, this would be the first time a report of death due to brain fever was actually caused by brain fever.