August 7, 1908

When it is necessary to get up an excursion along the line of the M. D. & V. R. R. to go to Rehoboth, Milton station is an important factor in the business. Last Thursday 320 tickets were sold at this station for a trip of this kind; and when the train arrived at Milton it was pretty well filled, and when it left it was packed, almost to suffocation, with all sizes, classes, conditions and color indigenous to a Delaware community. It was “Governor’s Day” at the soldier encampment at Rehoboth and many when t to see Delaware’s chief executive. They saw him. And were surprises they saw only a man; albeit, a reasonably fair kind of a fellow, considering his advantages and conditions. The day was so ideal one. A pleasant easterly breeze from off the ocean mitigated the heat, and all apparently enjoyed themselves, after being unloaded from the crowded cars, until they loaded up again. No casualties occurred to mar the pleasure of the trip; the men returned sober, the women and children in a state of gleesome happiness all, a little out, financially, and the railroad company in, to the tune of $128.00 from Milton station alone. And yet, people have no money. But, when they want to go on an excursion they will borrow the necessary money, if they can, and let other bills await their leisure. One man in town on Thursday loaned $3.20 to pay excursion fares, and possibly others loaned amounts we know not of. Now, if the railroad company will put this $128.00 on repairs around the station, for the convenience of their patrons, it would show a spirit of reciprocity that would be appreciated by those doing business around the depot. A water closet is needed; there is no pump at the station, and should the building catch fire it would be impossible to save it, unless it was rain season and water could be dipped from the mud holes all around, which now want piling up to make walking comfortable. But why not enumerate the wants at Milton depot? You’ll not get anything done at Milton depot; best station on the route. The motto of the M. D. & V. is excursions! excursions! excursions! And if you don’t like it, then go to!

James Moulton of Havre de Grace, Md., superintendent of the cannery is here making necessary repairs to the building.

The Workman Co. has built barracks near its cannery at the station for the accommodation of its workmen, who will be “foreigners” this season.

H. R. Draper of Slaughter Neck has built stables and a barn on the lot he purchased at the south of the town and has the foundation begun for his new residence.

William Betts has his new building enclosed, on Federal Street.

The painting of the iron fence that partly enclosed the Wagamon property has been a very tedious job yet, it has been accomplished, by William Wagamon and brother.

A part of the main road east of town leading from Parker’s Bridge to the Samuel Martin farm is being graveled with dirt from Gravelly Hill. The overseer of this road has succeeded in making a good deal in the transportation of the gravel. The haulers are delivering bricks from the Lofland Brick works in Georgetown, and on their return they bring a load of gravel from the quarry to the road, which is on their direct route. There are several teams engaged in the work.

J. H. Davidson has completed remodeling the house of Arthur Pettyjohn near Harbeson, and is engaged in repairing the home of E. F. Walls near Milton.

Miss Mary Clendaniel of Milton and Mr. Palmer of Overbrook were married at the M. E. Parsonage, at Nassau, on Tuesday evening, of last week, by the Rev. G. R. Ellis.

There were […] persons registered in Milton on Saturday. For the benefit of inquirers regarding the days of registration, we will state officially that the days for registration in the First Election District of the Tenth Representative District are August 1st at Milton; August 8th at Harbeson; August […] at Milton; September 12th and 17th at Milton. The two mentioned last are days of appeal as well as days of registration.

Rev. C. A. Behringer, wife and child of Swedesboro, N. J., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. King and family.

Rev. W. W. W. Wilson of Brooklyn, B, Y., with Mrs. Wilson and son, are the guests of Milton relatives.

A horse ran amuck through Milton on Sunday afternoon and created considerable excitement, particularly on Federal Street. No damage was done. There was a man in the carriage at the time, who appeared to be perfectly sober; but the horse was strangely excited.

James Jester, auctioneer, sold on Saturday a horse, some harness, and a dearborn[i] brought here by Henry Warren of Ellendale for disposal. The auctioneer bought the horse and harness for $32.00. And […] the dearborn for $12.00.

David Reynolds cut down a cedar tree for pilings last week […] Wednesday. [… of paragraph illegible…..].

The Odd Fellows Cemetery has had an iron fence put in front. Quite an improvement to North Union Street.

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A party of young ladies and gentlemen went to Broadkiln Beach on Thursday to remain a week. They are chaperoned by Mrs. Fannie Atkins, and occupy the Captain G. E. Megee cottage.

Captain J. Carey Palmer and family are occupying the Edwin P. Johnson cottage at Milton’s beach resort.

John Crouch went to Rehoboth on “Governor’s Day.” He has shaved off his moustache. We don’t say the reason why. […]

Barge No. 1 being built by J. Polk Davidson at Carey’s Landing will probably be launched at the latter part of this week.

Abel Pettyjohn of Frankford, Pa., is the guest of his mother and sister.

Miss […] Jump of Camden, N. J., who is visiting friends in Gerogetown, spent Sunday afternoon with Miss Ethel Cannon in Milton.

Cypress piling is being railed from Milton, almost weekly, to be used at the jetty at the mouth of the Broadkiln.

C. K. Conrad finished his boat this week with the assistance of many advisors.

The market is overstocked with watermelons and cantaloupes.

The camp ground has been cleared of the leaves that have encumbered the area; the tents have been repaired, and all necessary arrangement have been made for the coming meeting. Lavinia Street is being put in first class order. The sidewalks are being graded and the grass removed from nearby. The camp commences on the coming Saturday, August 8th.

We quote the following from the Delaware Pilot because Milton is in it. “Of the three roll-of-honor trust companies in Delaware, one is the Sussex Trust, Title, and Safe Deposit Company of Lewes, Milton and Laurel. The others are two Wilmington companies.”

Conrad C. Dailey of Swedesboro, N. J., is spending a short time in Milton, prospecting.

Frank Bryan, our newspaper agent, has long felt the need of an office; and to supply this want will open a cigar and tobacco store, in the building belonging to Mrs. Fields near the bridge. Frank is a general and good kind of a fellow, and will, doubtless, be patronized largely by the young people.

May L. Hitch, wife of Roy Hitch, died in Ellendale on Thursday July 30th of spinal meningitis, [age] 19 years. Funeral at Ellendale on Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Otis Reed, and interment in Red Men’s Cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.


[i] From A Dearborn wagon was a light, four-wheeled vehicle with a top and sometimes side curtains, usually pulled by one horse. Long-standing tradition, dating back to 1821, attributes its design to General Henry Dearborn. It usually had one seat but sometimes as many as two or three, and they often rested on wooden springs. The station wagon of its day, from 1819 to 1850 it was in almost universal use in the United States by truck farmers, peddlers, emigrants, and people traveling for pleasure. Those who traveled by it appreciated its respectable appearance and affordability.