July 16, 1909

Almost any day of late a colored man is seen walking the main streets of Milton and picking from the gutters the small pieces of paper that may be therein. These he carries to his home and packs away. He says he is employed by the government. People think he is a monomaniac, and his fad is picking up scrap paper. On Thursday we saw a man with a rake carefully raking the pieces of paper, and bits of anything else he could find from the gutters and elsewhere, across to the other side of the street, and then wheeling it away. People said “he is not crazy, but employed by the town.”

When a horse won’t go ahead, but backward, he becomes unmanageable or as a sailor would say, “You can’t get steerage way on her.” So thought a man last week, when his horse balked and ran backward on Union Street. Sympathetic people helped him, and coaxing and pushing and a little kicking, the animal was got to start. And as is usually the case, he went on a run.

George A. Bryan has taken up the pavement in front of his property on Federal Street, and relaid it; making a good job of the work, and an improvement withal.

J. C. Hazzard, who has been spending some months in Wilmington with his daughter Mrs. P. W. Tomlinson and her husband Dr. Tomlinson, returned home on Thursday, and was accompanied by Mrs. Tomlinson.

Miss Helen Bremmer of Baltimore is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. C. F. Bacon.

The M. E. Sunday School will make an excursion to Rehoboth on Tuesday the 20 inst.

Outten & Palmer have repainted the pretty front porch of Frank Carey’s on Federal Street.

Eli. L. Collins has been reappointed Justice-of-the-Peace for Milton.

Granville Bryan paid $6.00 for fast driving in town last week.

Miss Carrie Walls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Walls, and Jessie Wilson, the former of Milton, the latter of Slaughter Neck, were married at Rehoboth on Saturday evening the 3rd inst. They are now residing with the groom’s father in Slaughter Neck. It is said to have been an eloping affair, and the bride’s father hasn’t got over it yet.

A launch party of half a dozen young men and misses went to Lewes Beach on Friday evening in James Palmer’s launch and it was near day on Saturday when they returned to Milton. They had a good time.

While the family of J. P. Davidson were out in the early part of Thursday evening, someone entered their home and purloined about half a can of lard and a pound of butter. It is thought they were in a hurry as the evidence showed they took the lard from the can with their hands, i. e. the door jambs showed the prints of greasy fingers on them. This is the first robbery of a private dwelling we have heard of in Milton in many years.

Rev. Martin Damer was married in Wilmington, Del. To a New York lady on Tuesday the 6 last, and brought his bride to Milton on Friday evening. Mr. Damer us undecided where he will locate.

Miss Ida Ponder sold her household goods at public sale on Saturday afternoon and evening continuing the sale until eleven o’clock at night. What goods Miss Ponder purposed to keep she has stored in the lower room of Odd Fellows Hall. Miss Ponder with her niece, Miss Sarah Ponder left ion Wednesday to spend the summer in Maine.

Wm. Walsh of Lewes is running a moving picture show at Jester’s Park on Thursday and Saturday evening of each week. An admission fee of five cents is charged to enter the park, and there are many who go. The entertainment will continue indefinitely.

The steam yacht […] from Cape May that was here two weeks ago, was here again on Thursday evening and night. This is a $12,000 boat and she is a daisy. Filled with every modern convenience, a crew (the owners) of two men, and lady and a colored man cook, they are sailing the lower courses of the peninsula with plenty of leisure, and money. Pity they were not expected this time or we would have had a “lawn social” for them to spend their money and “help along a good cause.”

Fred Johnson has erected another tent on Lavinia camp ground. There are now 32, and possibly they may be more before commencement of the meeting—the 11 prox.

The officials of the A. M. E. Church, of north Milton, with an appreciation of the good looks of the town, have curbed the sidewalk in front of the church and raised it above the possibility of overflowing again during a heavy rain. John Sockum is one of the officials who is driving the matter through; and when John gets at a thing it’s got to go. This is not the only thing John is driving, and the electric lights will be installed in the church this week. Mulberry Street is after Federal Street.

Four gentlemen from Denton, MD., came to town on the Sunday morning train to hear the Rev. A. C. McGilton, D. D., preach; they took in the grandeur of Milton in the afternoon, returning to their homes on a later train.

Three years ago when the management returned to give Dr. Leonard the job to keep the firestand at Lavinia Camp, that individual predicted that camo would be the best at Lavinia’s woods. Preparations ae being made for one the present season; which will be the third since the doctor’s trance; and the consensus of opinion is, The wisdom of the Gods had not inspired the doctor’s prognostication.

There are some people in Milton who, when they get a consignment of whiskey, hide it along the branch in the woods, or by the margin of the lake. There is another class, a thirsty one, who are ever on the alert, and watching to get a smile, or a taste of someone’s stimulants, and are like rats, will steal anything they cannot get without.

Not long since we saw in front of a store, in another town, the following sign: “Groceries, Provision, Tobacco and Cigars.” We have no objection to the sign, but the combination does not strike us as altogether right. The two articles mentioned first, which by the way are really the same, are a food while tobacco is not considered a food, by scientists nor physiologists.

The town Supervisor is this week removing the grass from the gutters and near the gutters on Federal Street.

Columbus Welch left on Monday to attend the Summer School at Dover.

The Shirt and Overall factory was closed on Monday and Tuesday for cleaning machinery.

Virtue Council No. 2 D. of A. have elected the following officers: Counciller Mame Vent, Asst. C. Fannie Pettyjohn; V. A. C., Eliza Dutton; A. V. A. C. Lizzie Walls; Tin. S., Hettie J. Conner; Treas., Emma Lank; Conductor, Carrie Wilson; Warden, Lulu Johnson; O. S., James Pettyjohn Jr.; Pas. C. Estella Davidson; Asst. Jr. P. C. Sallie Irwin; R. N. C., Emma Lank; R. P. B. A., Mame Vent.

Edgar Lank Esq., attorney at law of Philadelphia, visited his mother and other relatives on Sunday.

C. G. Waples will remove into the property he recently purchased—the ex-Governor Ponder mansion property—on Federal Street this week.

Mrs. Sallie Bryan is quite low with […].

Mrs. Joshua Carey is convalescing from a stroke of paralysis at her residence on Mulberry Street.


J. B. Warren is holding his own in a case of typhoid, at his father’s home.

A son of Arthur Jefferson is reported better. His ailment is typhoid, residence on Atlantic Street.

Annie S. Pepper, wife of Josiah Pepper, died at her home near Harbeson last Wednesday of tuberculosis, aged 52 years. Funeral services at Beaver Dam, on Saturday afternoon, by the Rev. R. A. Bryan, and sepulture made in adjacent cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

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