January 17, 1908

While the regular correspondent is on a visit to his boyhood home, the local happenings of Milton have been delegated to an inexperienced hand[i], and aside from the facts of a few funerals, we have done little for Milton readers of the Chronicle this week. But here are the items of news as handed to me by S. J. Wilson, in whose line of business they came.

Ernest Wright died on Monday, January 14th, at his home near Lincoln, aged 29 years and 7 months. His death resulted from consumption, and the remains were interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Milford. He leaves a wife and young child.

Markel R. Lockerman died at Farnhurst on Friday, January 10th, 1908 from paralysis. He was 60 years old, and his remains were taken to Concord, Md., for burial on Monday by S. J. Wilson & Son. He is survived by a wife and a daughter and one son, who resides near Drawbridge.

Bertha Hellens, daughter of John W. Hellens, of near Shingle School House, died on Thursday, January 9th, 1908, aged four months and twenty-one days.[ii]

Mothen Schell died at his residence in South Milton on Thursday, January 9th, 1908, from Bright’s disease, and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery here.

Emma H. Warrington, daughter of David and Sallie Warrington, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sallie Koppel, on January 8th, 1908. She was 17 years, 7 months and 26 days old, and the funeral was held on Friday.[iii]

My experience this week teaches me that the person to gather news for a paper must have lots of energy, plenty of ability to use the English language, and the earnestness necessary to carry them into the counting room, the parlor, the church and very nearly everywhere to gather up the news as it should be. Yes, Dave Conner does it, and Milton is very fortunate in having him.


[i] Although we don’t know the name of Conner’s substitute correspondent, there are two possibilities: one is Walter W. Crouch, printer of the Milton Times and a friend to Conner; the other is George W. Atkins, who had already taken a turn a being the Milton correspondent some 10 years earlier.

[ii] Cause of death was cholera infantum

[iii] Cause of death per the death register was consumption