July 31, 1908

The time has arrived when the people of Milton are looking with joyful expectation for the arrival of their “city cousins.” They are already coming by twos and by threes, and next week we may expect the bottom to fall out or the weather to become so “terribly hot” in the cities as to be unbearable to those who have friends elsewhere. Milton always does have many visitors, and this year, we may prognosticate, will be no exception. There are many abroad who are endeared to the people of Milton by ties of consanguinity—brothers, sisters, children, parents, and other relatives—who make their annual visit at this season; and the friends here are as glad to welcome the visitors as the visitors are happy to greet their friends. And Lavinia Camp will commence on the 8th prox. This is an incentive to sociality that our visitors are not likely to forget. By this media a two-fold purpose is gained; the visitor not only sees his Milton friends, but friends from other parts who are intent on pleasure and a like errand. It appears to me that while I am writing I hear some feminine say: “you needn’t put your writing all in the masculine gender; for we are in it too.” Oh we know you are; and very muchly so! and we hope you’ll continue “in it” for years to come. Yes; these seasons appear like cases in life’s desert; and the older one gets the oftener they appear to come. Does it not appear so? Well friends, come on, and enjoy the time while you may, for there will come a period when it will all cease. But let that not trouble you! “Trust no future, howe’er pleasant, let the dead past long bury its dead, act, act in the living present, Heart within, and God o’er head.”[i] There is a point which we wish our visitors to note: It is almost an impossibility for a correspondent to individualize every arrival, and if you don’t see yourself reported, don’t blame the reporter for any lack of respect but ascribe his neglect to error, or something of the kind. At present, we are pleased to mention only a few. From Sayville, Mass., we have P. W. H. Pierce, wife and two children, the guests of J. B. Welch and family. Mrs. Howard Megee and child of Brooklyn, N. Y., are being entertained by her mother. From Camden, N. J., Mrs. Maggie Cannon and daughter Ethel are making their annual visit to her mother; Mrs. McCabe and daughter of Philadelphia are with Mrs. Hames Jester, indefinitely, and have incidentally bought the meat market on the corner of Federal and Mulberry Streets.

W. P. Wilcutts left on Tuesday to take charge of a meat market at Ocean City, Md.

Next Saturday, August 1st, is the first registration day, this year, in Delaware. Better remember it.

Lightning played some funny antics on one of the electric light poles on Thursday afternoon. It made four demonstration, without damages except to burst a band on the pole.

The property of William Abbott in tenure of Joseph Brittingham, near town, was struck on the same afternoon. The damage is considerable. Fortunately for the tenants they were not at home at the time of the occurrence.

Stephen Palmer has completed building a story on a back building for David Postles near town.

William Wagamon will open a general merchandise store on the corner of Wharton and Chestnut Streets about the first of September.

G. A. Wright will, on Monday, remove his barber shop from Union Street north to Federal Street, south Milton.

The Charles Connely cottage on Broadkiln Beach was offered at public sale in Milton. It was bought by one of the heirs for $175.00.

Lightning struck a maple tree near the residence of John Ponder, and jumped to the building and went to the attic, setting some material on fire; but was extinguished without much damage.

On the same afternoon a bolt hit the residence of Thomas Walls with slight damage.

Lavinia Causeway had been repaired, preparatory for the camp; but the storm of Thursday and the many rainy days since necessitate that it be done again.

The shoals and large stumps in the Lake have been located and signals put upon them, that sailing boats may have no difficult in shunning them.

Prof. W. H. Welch has been elected principal of the Ellendale schools.

J. Carey Palmer, while jobbing around the house last week, cut off the end of his left thumb.

The first registration day in Delaware is next Saturday, Augusts 1st. Don’t forget it.

The Draper Canning Co., of Slaughter Neck, is receiving cans and box material, via M. D. & V. R. R.

The Diuglass White Shirt and Overall Company closed on Friday until after the camp meeting.

Captain and Mrs. George A. Goodwin returned on Thursday from a two week’s visit in Maine and Massachusetts.

Mr. Greenwood, wife and mother, and Mrs. Albert Davidson and family, started from Camden, N. J. for Broadkiln Beach; on the way down, the yacht Orange Blossom lost her rudder. The company made Milspillion Light House, where they borrowed an oar, and succeeded in steering the boat to Broadkiln. There Mr. Greenwood left the yacht and returned home. William Johnson, of Milton, brought the boat to Milton Dock, where it will have a new rudder put on, and Mr. Johnson expects to keep the Orange Blossom in the Broadkiln the rest of the summer for his own use.

Gladys A. Reed, aged 5 weeks and 6 days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reed, of Cave Neck, died on Tuesday of cholera infantum. Funeral on Thursday at late home, by the Rev. McGilton, and burial at Zion M. E. Cemetery, by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Mary Auterbridge, widow of the late Thomas Auterbridge, died on Thursday aged 68 years, 7 months and 23 days. Funeral at Weigand Chapel on Sunday afternoon, by the Rev. Johnson, of Lewes, and burial in cemetery near, by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Sometime last fall Theopolus S. Hill fell from a train at Nassau and hurt on of his legs. Last spring hew was sent to a Philadelphia Hospital and the leg amputated, and from the effect of this he died on Tuesday morning, at his home, near Nassau; aged 57 years, 2 months and 24 days. Funeral services were held at Coolspring Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning, by the Rev. Henderson, and Sepulture made in the adjoining cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

On Monday afternoon Frank Walls, son of Benjamin Walls, accidentally shot his mother with an air cartridge gun, loaded with mustard seed shot. At this writing the shot have not all been located.

Charles Conrad is building a boat at Mazer Stevens’ shop.

People are making ready for the camp at Lavinia.

The Town Supervisor has cleaned the superfluous weeds from the nucleus of Coulter Street.

Mrs. Greensbury Betts, and aged lady, stepped into the front alcove at Joseph Walls’ Store on Tuesday, and as she opened the screen door fell backward through one of the lateral windows. She was unhurt but the glass broken.

Rain and hot weather galore.


[i] Quotation from poem The Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published in the Knickerbocker Magazine in October 1838.