October 18, 1907

The canneries are closed and most of the foreign help have returned to Baltimore. A few yet remain and will probably stay awhile if they can find employment. But with the vessel launched[i] and the canneries closed the influx of business is much decreased in Milton. Besides there is a scarcity of houses, and there are families living in smoke houses and improved outbuildings.

Captain G. E. Megee has been appointed registrar in this district in place of John A. Collins, deceased. At the registration last Saturday, 18 voters were added to the list.

Clarence Megee, of Milton, who has been employed in a cannery at Lincoln, had one of his hands mashed last week.

Frost galore last week. The tomato season is over, Anderson & Co. closed on Wednesday; and his Bohemian help left on Thursday morning. The Goodman[ii] Co. help left on Sunday, some presumably never to return to Milton. The Royal Packing Company have employed the respectable women of Milton altogether in their work, but it must be understood that help cannot be found here to run all of the canneries. Some, at least two of these canneries have been operated at a disadvantage this season. Possibly they may lose money this year but they have gained experience. And a man from Slaughter Neck told the writer that they have put more money in circulation within ten mile of Milton than has ever been known. The season has been one of exceptional activity for all interested. The like was never known before and may never be again.

Rev. Hector, the “Black Knight,” who is canvassing the county in the interest of Temperance, spoke on the lawn near the M. E. Church on Saturday afternoon and at the M. P. Church, North Milton, on Sunday night.

On Sunday, while one of the men who was employed in the [Goodwin] Co. cannery, was holding a bottle of powder over the fire “to warm it.” It exploded, badly lacerating his hand.

Thomas Ingram is having his dwelling repainted on Federal Street.

David Wiltbank is remodeling the property he recently purchased, located on Federal Street and Hazzard Avenue.

Joshua Bailey is putting a new roof on one of his buildings on Mulberry Street.

Captain George B. Hunter has bought of Robert H. Palmer, the building lot adjoining the residence of the late Mrs. William Prettyman.

Captain John Coverdale and family are visiting his father and sister.

Alfred Carey has opened a beef store in the Joseph Fields block.

Captain Charles Burris is home with his family.

John Lank, of Philadelphia, was a Milton visitor this week.

The Third Annual Convention of the Broadkiln Hundred Sunday School Association will be held on Wednesday at Zion M. E. Church. A fine program is formulated for the occasion. Maggie S. Wilson, Secretary of Sunday School Association will be there; and ministers of note and others are expected.

Josiah Culver, who has been in Jefferson hospital for several weeks recovering from an operation performed, returned home on Tuesday with every prospect of renewed health.

J. Roland Atkins is slowly recovering from typhoid fever.

Thomas Johnson is repainting the property of W. T. Starkey on Broad Street.

Rev. and Mrs. George McCready and daughter, Miss Lizzie, are attending the “Home Coming” in Baltimore this week.

The latest poem written by J. B. Welch, “Uncle Zopher’s Pound Party,” is not a poem of the poet’s imagination by an epic of actual occurrence within the incorporated limits of Milton.

Although the Goodwin Canning Company closed on Saturday, that firm received another car load of cans today.

The jetties at the mouth of the Broadkiln have begun and Mr. Roberts, boss of the job, and his wife are boarding in Milton.

The electric light men are still busy in Milton; and this long protracted job will doubtless soon be completed.


[i] This is probably the 110 foot steam barge that was built for Captain Potter of Fall River, MA by J. Polk Davidson.

[ii] This is probably meant to read “Goodwin.”