August 30, 1907

The vacation season is over and many have gone home, but Milton is not a lonesome desert by any means. Oh, no. On the contrary Milton is humming with business. The 175 men, women, and children who come to work in the Goodwin Company Cannery last week were supplemented on Thursday by another lot of Bohemians, men and women and children, for the Anderson Company. These are all comfortably domiciled in homes specially prepared for them. Tomatoes are much later than usual in ripening and are coming in slowly. Workman & Co. canned a few on Friday of last week, and on Saturday Anderson & Co. packed less than 100 baskets. The Goodwin Co. will commence this present week. Pending the beginning of work, the help are having a nice time on the street during the day and holding dances in the evening, and they have lots of room for this amusement in the large work rooms, which have concrete floors, making […] dancing space. These rooms are lighted by electric light, which produced a scene both fascinating and enjoyable. They are happy also in their culinary operations. They cook over small brick ovens and fire places dug into the earth. Fishing forms another profitable amusement for them and the river bank is lined with anglers. Many visit them out of curiosity, from the town, who have been studying the improvised methods of housekeeping when emergency calls intellect into action.

The steam barge that J. Polk Davidson has built for Capt. Potter of Fall River, Mass., was to have been launched on Friday last, but when the plank was sawed, she failed to move. She was blocked up again, the ways re-greased, and on Saturday was successfully launched. This is the first vessel we ever remember seeing stuck in her ways in Milton.

Captain E. N. Lofland had commenced to build another launch when some miscreant one night last week […] his work to pieces, presumably more to anger the old man than for any evil intent. […] such people are not fit to live, and surely are not fit to die, and we would suggest that they should depart from this world in some way—but especially from Milton. He has it partly formed up again.

For the excursion last Thursday 215 tickets were sold at the Milton depot and as the train was loaded when it arrived, some crowded on, but many were left to take the regular train to the shore.

Rev. W. W. W. Wilson and wife, from New Haven, are guests of Samuel J. Wilson and wife.

Albert Wright is paying a visit to his old home here.

On Friday last William Workman was getting into his buggy when his horse turned suddenly and threw him out. It then ran away and was caught in south Milton. No serious damage was done.

A new porch has been completed by Stephen Palmer for Arthur Pettyjohn near town.

Captain W. H. Megee and family are guests of W. W. Conwell.

Julius Primrose and wife are guests of her parents.

Grant Collins and family, of Philadelphia, are visiting his father, Eli Collins.

The shirt and overall factory opened on Monday after three weeks’ vacation.

On Monday morning the electric wires in North Milton were black with “martins,” even the weather vane on the church was trimmed with them. It is about time for them to start on their pilgrimage south.

Mamie G. Wells, daughter of David F. Wells, died in Angola on Friday last, aged 1 year, 4 months and two days. Funeral at Conley’s Chapel on Monday.[i]

A few of the business people here have the electric light turned on.

Lizzie Jarvis who has been ill with typhoid fever, is better.

Joshua Culver is able to be out again.

Two car loads of sanitary tomato cans were received at the Goodwin factory last Monday. These cans are entirely different from any heretofore seen in this locality. The entire top is off and the tomatoes can be packed in their whole state, and the top placed on and hermetically sealed without the use of solder or acid.

William V. Sipple & Son, of Milford, placed tombstones at the grave of Mrs. Mary G. Smithers in the cemetery here last week.

The Crouch family, father, mother, sons and daughters have been recuperating at Broadkiln Beach in the Johnson cottage.

Contrary to expectation, and by arrangement made with other camp meetings, the colored camp commenced at Lavinia’s on Sunday last, one week earlier than intended. The attendance has been small.

Coverdale & Outten are repainting the property of Capt. John Fisher on Federal Street.

Misses Lillian Cade and Sallie Lofland have returned from the Holiness Camp at Monroe, N. Y. The camp is under the management of the “Rev.” Bushford Taylor, who made himself conspicuous at the M. E. Church here last winter, and who has a case in our courts now pending against him, and a man who is not unacquainted with […] eggs in Delaware.


[i] Another case of cholera infantum