July 19, 1907

The complete metamorphosis that Mt. Ararat has undergone is a matter of […], surprise, and comment. The buildings now being put up there by Goodwin Bros. & Conwell for canning purposes are a wonder to the older inhabitants who have spent their four score years in the shadow of their homesteads, and whose surprise leads them to exclaim “can such things be.” The building now nearing complexion are two in number with their annexes. The operating room is 72 feet by 140 feet, with a power house 36 feet by 40 feet. There is another annex to this building in which will be installed six water closets and a room to be used by the women workers are a clothes room; which is a decided improvement over what is usually provided for women and girls in the other canneries of the state. The warehouse is 60 feet by 150 feet. Both buildings are two-story high and enclosed with corrugated iron, and the floor of the rooms are concrete. Everything about this plant is, or will be, of the most modern plans. The ventilation will be complete, the drainage pipes and pipes for carrying off the refuse are under ground, and whatever smell that might be expected to arise under ordinary circumstances, is by this method neutralized and absorbed. On an elevated piece of ground just over the run that marks the boundary of the firm’s possession, it, the firm, will build a barracks 20 feet by 200 feet which will contain 28 rooms. This is for the accommodation of the foreign help it will be necessary to bring here during the working season. This may be Italian, or some nationality, but it would be impossible to run the plant with the local help available. Everything will be in readiness to commence when the tomato season opens, and this vegetable will be the only one canned this season. After this year other fruits and vegetables will be canned. During this week the smoke stacks have been raised, and the steel frame for a tank sixty feet high, with a capacity of 15,000 gallons placed in position.

Last week William McReynolds was arrested and arraigned before Esquire Collins charged by William H. Workman with having stolen tow copper plungers and hoppers from the cannery at the railroad. He was in the act of selling them to a junk dealer, and was required to give bail for his appearance in court in amount of $400. The Constable permitted him to wander about in search of a bondsman; and, from last accounts, he is yet wandering. The Constable has no prisoner, but the stolen goods are in possession of the owner just the same.

The wedding of Miss Lizzie Bryan and Theodore Jarvis, of Harbeson, took place last Wednesday morning at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Bryan, on Federal Street, Milton. The bridal party drove to Ellendale where they boarded the train for a tour to Washington and the Jamestown Exposition. A splendid wedding breakfast was served. When they return they will reside at Harbeson, where Mr. Jarvis is in business.

Miss Maggie McIllvaine, of Camden, N. J., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ingram. She will remain for the Camp meeting.

Frank Walls, near Parker’s Bridge, has added a story to his residence and made other improvements.

The Royal Packing Company received the last of its boilers last week and both are now in position. The machinery for the […] is also being put up.

Mrs. Ethel Blizzard and Allison Blizzard, both of Wilmington, have been visiting Misses Lottie and May Welch.

Frank Vallient, who is manager of the bicycle races which are to take place at Atlantic City on August 9th, and who is a son of the Rev. W. T. Vallient, has been visiting Milton this week.

The engagement of Miss Anna Morris of Milton to Mr. Allie Townsend of Centreville, Md., has been announced. The wedding will take place in September.

Privileges for the Lavinia’s Camp Meeting were offered at public sale on Saturday afternoon last, but there were no bidders. To borrow the phraseology from the pulpit of Sunday morning, “The privileges were all sold except the boarding tent, food pound, and confectionery stand.” The reader will understand the camp is too near Milton for the privilege to be valuable. The committee met again on Monday evening on Prof. Fearing’s back porch, and resolved to keep the privileges themselves; reaping all the profits to go to the M. P. Church—sensible.

On Saturday afternoon, while Clarence Welch and family were away from home, two cows got into his garden from a meadow where they were feeding, and literally destroyed all his cabbage and corn. A look at the garden was excuse sufficient for Clarence’s bad words.

The Second Quarterly Conference of the M. P. Church will be held on August 3rd.

William Warren has his ice cream saloon handsomely fitted up, and is doing good business these hot days.

John Atkins, of Philadelphia, is visiting his parents here.

Frank Wilson, of Frederica, is a guest of his brother, William Wilson,

Miss Lettie and Miss Lizzie Black are in Philadelphia.

The store house and attachments on Federal Street have been sold by the widow of John A. Collins to H. K. Wagamon for $2,250.00.

The home of Dr. Hopkins has been repainted recently.