August 9, 1907

The canning house is belonging to the “Milton Canning House Building Company” were sold at public sale on Saturday afternoon, by the agreement of the stockholders. The one located at the railroad station was purchased by William H. Workman for $465.00; and the one on the river front was bought by B. Frank Walls for $100.00. These canning houses must not be confounded with the ones now being built by Goodwin Bros. & Conwell, and by the Royal Packing Company. The ones sold were built a few years ago by a stock company in order to give employment to persons, and to advance the business interests of Milton. They had become in such a condition as to need repairs, and many of the stockholders did not feel willing to put any more money in them. Hence they were sold, and well sold. Both of them will be operated the present season.

The other mentioned canneries are nearly completed. Poles for the electric lights at Goodwin Bros. & Conwell’s are distributed along the route from town to their canneries and will soon be settled. But when! Oh, when! will that electric light fully materialize!

The Milton Shirt and Overall Factory closed down on Tuesday for three weeks. This is the first time a recess has been taken this year; and it was made necessary in order to give the employees a vacation and a much needed rest.

Miss Maymie A. Conner left on Saturday to visit her sister, Mrs. Susie B. Davidson in Philadelphia.

Rilla Pennewill, ca. 1890
Rilla Pennewill, ca. 1890

Miss Rilla Pennewill is spending a few weeks in Chester, Pa.[i]

John H. Davidson has contracted to build a dwelling on the farm of John Dickerson near New Market.

Miss Eva Smith has contracted with John H. Davidson for the erection of a dwelling on Union Street, north, near the bridge.

Miss Rebecca, daughter of the Rev. R. T. Coursey, is convalescing from a serious attack of illness.

Mrs. Ida Fox has removed from her late residence on Union Street, north, into the building adjoining her father’s on Mill Street. Dr. Walter hunter, of Greenwood, will occupy the building vacated by Mrs. Fox, and practice medicine in Milton.

Captain George Goodwin returned from a business trip east.

The naphtha launch Ralph Welch, after many adventures and misadventures, has been beached and wrecked near the iron bridge by order of her owner. “Requiescat in pace.”[ii]

On Tuesday P. J. Hart lost a horse, and was beyond the ken of Constable Barsuglia to diagnose the disease. On Friday morning John Barker lost his large roadster of tetanus.

The work of cleaning off Lavinia camp ground began on Saturday. The leaves have been raked outside of the circle, and the old tabernacle has been repaired, enough to last the present season. This week, two drive wells will be put down permanently. Heretofore wells have been driven each season, and when the camp was over, taken up; hereafter the pipes will remain, and the tops will be taken off and housed until another season.

The meeting opens on Saturday, and every arrangement is expected to be completed by that time. But of course, they will not be; for there are some people, no difference how much time may be allotted to them, are always behind, and always will be.

Honey bees appear to take a fancy to Milton. There has been a swarm on the end box of the W. B. Tomlinson dwelling on Federal Street for four weeks. These bees are not under the box, but on the front of it, and exposed to the weather. They are making honey around the lightning rod for a nucleus. The building is two and-a-half stories high, yet it is thought someone may be found to capture the bees further on.

The cottages at Broadkiln Beach are nearly all occupied this week. A bevy of young girls accompanied by gentlemen, went down on Monday and will bivouac the remaining five days of the week along the shore.

The P. E. Sunday school is expecting to make an excursion to Broadkiln Beach today (Wednesday). The launches of Dr. R. B. Hopkins, James Palmer, Frank Carey and C. H. Atkins will furnish transportation for the party.

Mrs. Maggie Decker, nee Ellingsworth, of New York, is the guest of many friends.

Charles H. Rust died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Willard Joseph near Fairmount on Monday of cancer, aged 74 years. Funeral services were held at his late home on Tuesday afternoon and interment made in Coolspring Presbyterian cemetery. Rev. W. H. Kenney performed the last sad rites, and S. J. Wilson & Son inhumed the body.

Clement Hart, while at work in the shipyard on Friday, had the misfortune to drop a plank, mashing the great toe of his left foot.

A crowd of girls went to Rehoboth on an excursion train last week and “got left,” and were compelled to spend the night away from home.

The Sand Hill Camp closed on Monday.

Almost any day a person going toward the station may meet loads of piling being brought into town to be unloaded on the dock. Returning the same person may meet other loads of piling being carried to the station for shipment. It looks like a kind of a crosswise way of doing business, but the different ways of shipment accounts for this.


[i] Rilla Pennewill, one of the “activists” in the group portrait article, married Packer Finkbine on September 23, 1907, in Chester, Pa This begs the question: Did this trip have anything to do with the furthering the courtship and marriage process?
[ii]“Rest in Peace”