November 20, 1908

The ladies of the M. E. Church announce a dinner and supper to be served in Masonic Temple, on Thanksgiving, for the benefit if that organization. The delicacies of the season will grace the feast.

The Venuto Concert Company gave an exhibition of their skill in School Hall on Tuesday evening of last week. It was a rare musical treat, pronounced so by those present.

Lofland Brothers shipped from their manufacturing works a car load of bricks to Hickman, Del., last week.

Joshua Gray and James Jester have purchased from Windsor & Nutter of Milford the fast pacer, “Buck Taylor.”

Joseph Carey last week sent to Pennsylvania two car loads of piling.

Captain George E. Megee is enlarging his warehouse on the dock, getting ready for the return of the steamer Marie Thomas, on the expiration of her charter at Miah-Maul Shoal Light Station.

The mild weather of late has been nice on wheat. That near town looks well.

Mrs. Alexine Collins has gone to New York, where she will spend the winter with her brother William T. Parker.

Captain Harold Palmer of Philadelphia has returned to his parents in a sick condition and will remain in Milton until he regains his health.

Hazzard Avenue was graded last week and put in a splendid condition.

Rev. G. R. McCready is yet confined to his home; and being unable to fill his pulpit on Sunday, the Rev. C. H. Atkins, a local preacher of the M. E. Church, and a student at Dover Conference Academy, preached both morning and evening. The sermon on Sunday morning was exceptionally a good one. Charlie comes in handy, as a supply, and the churches are using him.

Mrs. May Fields has had some necessary carpenter work done around her home residence near the bridge, and made quite an improvement to the surroundings.

An electionary [sic] entertainment will be held in School Hall, on Thanksgiving evening under the auspices of the members of the P. E. Church.

The gunning season opened in earnest on Monday morning. A man from town shot one early near the suburbs, and sent it into town, thinking he had shot the first one. Later, however, Walter Crouch told me that he and his brother, “Will,” went to the bramble before day on Monday morning, and built a fire, and waited for light. As soon as day began to dawn a rabbit, supposedly attracted by the light of their fire, made its appearance and was shot. The claim to have shot the first one. This makes but little difference who shot the first one as there were so many shot on the first day. A family of five; father, brother and sons, killed 45; and John Green’s company of six killed 21. There are about the same old crowd of gunners here that usually come and are being entertained by their friends.

The Milton hotels, as well as those of Kent and Sussex counties, had been closed one year last Friday night, at twelve o’clock. Does anyone see any difference between the present order of things and the old regime?

Those interested met in School Hall on Monday evening for the purpose of reviving the debating society of last winter. A preliminary organization was effected by the election of Dr. J. A. Hopkins as president, Welden Waples secretary, and Prof. Horace Hastings, treasurer. The meeting adjourned to meet again on Saturday evening the 28th, at which time a permanent organization is expected to be made.

Rev. G. R. McCready is announced to hold Thanksgiving services at the M. P. Church on Sunday the 29th inst. A large congregation is expected as business of importance will be brought before it.

Sunday night is thought to have been the coldest of the season. On Monday morning the lake was partly frozen.

[Leroi] H. Johnson, nine years old, is kept at his home by an attack of gastritis.

In the absence of the pastor at Zion, J. B. Welch preached at the M. E. Church on Sunday evening on “Personal Responsibility.”

The Douglass White Shirt and Overall Factory resumed work on Monday with a full force of employees.

The holly business is being inaugurated for the holidays. This, like many other new businesses, will soon play out for lack of materials.[i]

Dorman Porter is quite ill with a complication of stomach troubles.

J. P. Davidson is improving from his attack of rheumatism and is able to be about the shipyard.

London Nelson has succeeded in removing his house to “Sleepy Valley” and is now repairing it.

Stephen McPherson has succeeded at last in renting the store house of Mrs. Mary Fields, and opened a jewelry store.

The front foundation of the Mayor’s office and engine house situated on the river bank has caved so much as to necessitate repairs. The town supervisor with other workmen is this week excavating in order to wall up and form a new foundation.

Dressed rabbits are selling at 25 cents per pair,

The extra meetings closed at Zion Church, on Sunday evening.


[i] This is a most curious statement, given the abundance of holly trees throughout the region. Either this is one of those incredibly off-the-mark statements (along the lines of “if man were meant to fly, God would have given him wings”), or just some stealthily slipped in humor.