July 26, 1907

Perhaps a case of providential protection was never more noticeably exemplified in Milton than on Wednesday evening of last week. W. W. Conwell, cashier of the National Bank, with his wife and four year old son in a buggy, stopped in front of S. J. Wilson & Son’s store to get a new bridle bit. While Mr. Wilson was after the bit the bridle was taken from the horse, and when he returned with the bit and attempted to put it into the horse’s mouth, the animal began to rear and plunge. Mr. Conwell was out of the buggy, but Mrs. Conwell and son were sitting in it. As the horse started Mr. Wilson seized her by the nostrils but could not stop her. Seeing he could not stop the animal, and believing he was going to get hurt if he held on, he let go and in so doing was thrown against a post, hurting one of his arms and legs somewhat. The horse being relieved sprang into a run and made for the dock. Then there was exhibited the awful spectacle of an unmanageable runaway without a bridle, hitched to a buggy in which were a lady and a little boy. The spectators unable to render any assistance, held their breath, and looked on in horror, expecting each moment to see the occupants thrown out and killed. But before reaching the river the horse turned on the dock and ran amongst the piling strewn all over the wharf. Mrs. Conwell and son were thrown out but, providentially, in a clear space between the piling and were comparatively unhurt. The buggy was completely demolished. The horse ran to the upper part of Federal Street and was captured near Wilson’s hardware store.

F. H. Bishop has contracted with J. C. Clendaniel to build a modern dwelling and barn on the farm he recently purchased near Reynold’s Mill.

William Workman & Co. are receiving cans at the station cannery.

Mrs. Fannie Davis, of Philadelphia, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Collins.

W. H. Chandler, of Scranton, Pa., is a Milton guest.

Capt. Charles Cannon, wife and daughter, Ethel, were Milton visitors on Sunday. Captain Cannon returned to his home at Camden, N. J., on Monday. Mrs. Cannon and daughter will remain indefinitely.

William Tomlinson, attorney-at-law of New York City, is visiting his father and many friends.

Capt. George Goodwin is on a business trip to New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

Lawrence, the oldest son of Editor Crouch, while playing at the station on Sunday afternoon was pushed from the higher platform, and in falling his head struck a log, producing a partial concussion of the brain. Dr. J. A. Hopkins has the case in hand, and the boy is improving.

Alfred King, Levy Courtman for the Tenth Representative District, is said to be quite ill with typhoid fever.

The street leading to Lavinia’s Camp ground has been cleared of its grass; but the mushrooms are springing spontaneously on the ground. The “Camden contingent” will soon shout them down when the meeting commences.

Mrs. Florence Johnson will operate the boarding tent at Lavinia’s Camp, and we are told that Joseph Morris[i], contractor and builder, will have charge of the “food pen,” and G. W. Atkins of the confectionary.

On Sunday the Rev. W. D. Wilson preached at the M. E. Church both morning and evening; and at Zion in the afternoon; and the congregations were treated to good plain gospel sermons. They showed their appreciation of the speaker by the rapt attention they paid to his discourses. Mr. Wilson was entertained by Mrs. Emma Johnson.

Two baskets of home raised tomatoes sold last week for $1.00 per basket.

John Heavelow, colored, died on Wednesday, the result of paralysis, aged 66 years, 10 months and 2 days. Funeral services were held in the A. M. E. Church in north Milton, on Friday afternoon by the Rev. Hill; assisted by the Rev. M. P. Jackson, and interment in the colored cemetery, near town, by J. R. Atkins.

Gertrude W. Palmer, wife of Robert Palmer, died near Whitesville on Wednesday, of blood poison, aged 22 years, 3 months and 17 days. Funeral at White’s Chapel on Friday afternoon by the Rev. W. P. Compton and burial in the adjacent cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Catherine Coverdale, wife of John Coverdale, of near Bowers Beach, died on Saturday of paralysis while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Salmons, near Milton. Deceased was 56 years old. The remains were transmitted to Barratt’s Chapel on Monday, where the funeral services were held by the Rev. Kelso, of Magnolia, and sepulture made in the historic cemetery adjoining by S. J. Wilson & Son.

George W. Calaway died near Oakley on Sunday, quite suddenly, aged 64 years, 3 months and 16 days. Funeral services were held at his late residence on Tuesday morning by the Rev. Dryden, of Greenwood, and the remains inhumed at Bridgeville, by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Wilhelmina B. Hill, wife of Theopolis Hill, died near Coolspring on Monday morning of tuberculosis, aged 57 years, 4 months and 15 days. The funeral was held at Coolspring Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Compton, on Wednesday afternoon, and sepulture made in that cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

The Second Quarterly Conference of the M. P. Church was held on Monday evening.

The wheat and scarlet clover yield is reported to be extraordinary in this locality; and not withstanding all the pessimistic predictions of failure in the corn crop, that cereal is looking well and promises an abundant yield.


[i] This is the first mention of in the Milton News letter, to this point, of Joseph B. Morris, a trustee of the Milton M. P. Church and the presumed sponsor of one of the windows, “In Memory of Annie M. Morris.”