June 7, 1907

Decoration Day of 1907 is [with] its predecessors, relegated to history. The regular routine business of that day was observed in Milton. The soldiers’ graves were flagged, and many tokens of respect were shown two others who sleep day last sleep beneath the side of the Milton cemetery. Speeches were made in school hall by Captain W. H. Megee, of Philadelphia, the Rev. G. L. Hardesty, the Revs. Martin Damer, Coursey, and other home talent. Everything passed pleasantly. Bunting from numerous polls decorated the town, and private homes profuse with exotics and other flowers indigenous to the client and season.

The Royal Packing Company has its flour mill enclosed and the foundation laid for its packing, 59 ft. x 79 ft. The Goodwin Bros. and Conwell Packing Company has its other mammoth building raised, and in course of enclosure.

Samuel J. Wilson & Son have a “Hay Tedder” for the purpose of turning hay in the field after being cut. It is another of Milton innovations in needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Rev. W. J. DuHadway, a former Milton pastor, but now of Cortland, Ohio, is a Milton visitor, and warmly welcomed by his many friends.

The Goodwin Bros. & Conwell Canning Company are receiving a large quantity of baskets at Mount Ararat.

A very pretty sacrament of baptism was performed at the home of his grandparents—Capt. H. P. and Mrs. Burton on Friday evening–when Charles Burton was made a member of the church, under the Methodist Episcopal persuasion. Rev. W. J. DuHadway, of Cortland, Ohio, performed the interesting ceremony amid a congregation of many friends; all of whom wish the young lad years of prosperity and happiness, when the witness thereof shall have been laid in alma mater.

Theodore Megee has resigned his position at the Hart House.

At the first quarterly conference of the M. E. Church held on Friday afternoon last, the following resolution was unanimously adopted, and the Milton correspondent of the Milford Chronicle requested to make a copy, and have it published in his paper!–Whereas an opportunity will be given to the voters of Delaware on November 5, 1907, to outlaw that “sum of all villains and mother of all abominations,” Legalized Liquor Traffic; and whereas the said opportunity will be presented entirely out of the realm a party and politics;–therefore be it resolved, that as members of the Great Ecclesiastical Organization that continues to say “like angel’s trumpet tongue,” it can never be legalized without sin, and the only attitude a Christian can sustain toward it is that of relentless hostility, and as followers of Him, the purpose of whose manifestation is the destruction of the weeks of the Devil; that we pledge our hearty cooperation for the overthrow of this infamous business.

At this conference the Rev. R. T. .Coursey salary was raised $25.00, making for […].

The residence of Captain John R. Megee on Chestnut Street has been repainted by William Smith & son, and is surely attractive in appearance. These gentlemen have also completed painting the new station house at Harbeson, which has been passed by the inspector with complimentary remarks.

The infant child[i] of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson died at their home in Stevensonville on Monday morning aged one month and one day. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at Reynolds M. P. Church by the Rev. G. R. McCready, and interment made in the cemetery by S. J. Wilson & son.

Mr. Walter Atkins, of Milton, and Mrs. Virgie Jones, of Broadkiln, were married on Saturday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jones. Rev. R. T. Coursey tied the nuptial knot. The happy pair left Milton on Monday morning for Wilmington, were they will reside for the present.

John Langdon, Philadelphia, has been visiting relatives in Milton and Broadkiln.

B. P. Morgan has been confined to his home the early part of the week by illness.

The electric lights have not yet materialized in Milton, and it is intimated that the power at Georgetown is not sufficient to light us. Be that as it may, the street lamps are yet in position, and are supposed to be lighted when necessary. Complaint is made that on last Sunday evening persons coming from the Methodist Protestant Church, and going to their homes cannot see their way, the lights being extinguished, and that before 10 o’clock. One gentleman, a retired captain, and whose word is worthy of credence in every particular, says he could scarcely make the bridge, and when passed the corner of the dividing lines of Federal and Union, he did not know where he was, and subsequently fell into a gutter, it did not get a bearing until below Walnut Street, and when he got home, it lacked 15 minutes to 10 o’clock. If lights are necessary at all, it is after nine or ten o’clock, until that time the lights from private houses in public places give light along the streets; and on Sunday evenings the streets should be lighted longer than at other times. It is useless to say why. The fact is obvious. What say town council about it?

Since writing the above we have had a demonstration of the electric light in town. Last evening the power was put on two lights, and the results are pro and con. Actually we must give our opinion. First impressions are not always to be depended on, except in the case of a lover toward his inamorata. But the electric light is all right. “Blood Goblin Hix” to the contrary notwithstanding.[ii]

Mrs. J. A. Welch has returned from a visit to her children in Camden, New Jersey. Miss May, her daughter, and Mr. John Welch, her son, came home with their mother. Mrs. Welch has enough of city life; and the meeting between husband and wife, on Mrs. Welch’s return, reminded the writer of the days when he was a lover. Mrs. Welch says, “No more of city life for me. Milton is pretty.”

Miss Frances Hopkins Leonard, the efficient saleslady and C. H. Atkins store, and one of the fairest flowers that opens on the Broadkiln, has returned from a week’s visit to the city of brotherly love. Miss Fannie is enjoying her usual health.

Stephen Palmer is detained in his work on Edward Watts’ house at Stevensonville on account of lumber.

The camp meeting at Lavinia as will begin on August 10, under the supervision of the Rev. G. R. McVey.

The holiness camp will commence at a later date at sharps woods, near Milton, under the management by the Rev. Bushrod Taylor, of last year and fame.

The skirmish in regard to ministers of the A. M. E. Conference has resulted in the Rev. M. P. Jackson going to Georgetown. We congratulate the colored church in Georgetown on his appointment. Mr. Jackson has held the pulpit at Milton for five years, and there is no blemish on his character.


[i] The child’s full name was Millard Johnson, born on May 1, 1907. The cause of death is not known. His parents would have two more children that would survive to adulthood.

[ii] This reference is obscure and is being researched.