June 25, 1909

While hunting for magnolias on Thursday we discovered that some thoughtful person had hanged a tin cup on a branch of a small tree at the “overgoing” back of Lavinia wood. To show our appreciation we took the cup and dipped a draught from the flowing brook and drank it down. The past wet weather has bred many mosquitoes and they were so big on this particular morning that we were led to exclaim “What in thunder do these things feed on when I am not around?”

On the morning in question we became aware to what use the holes in the pavements might be applied. On Broad Street to illustrate, there are several depressions in the pavement; one is about three inches deep. This morning it with the others was filled with water; and we stopped by it, and washed off our rubbers. Hope the owner won’t repair the pavement as it is on our direct route into town, and we know the rest.

Water lilies are now plentiful and can be captured with a boat and little trouble.[i]

Rev. Smith of the M. P. Church proposes to make the Lavinia Camp Meeting of this year superior to any other held of late. Beside the ministers from the Maryland Protestant Conference who will be present, Dr. Lidell of New York is expected to give a part of his time and talent to the interest of the camp.

The M. P. Parsonage is now undergoing repairs. A new roof has been put on, and the interior of the building will be renovated. The building will also be painted.

Outten & Palmer have about completed the painting of J. H. Marshall’s house on Federal Street.

J. B. Atkins is painting and decorating the home of postmaster Black.

While loading calves into a wagon on Thursday, Joseph Walls, the butcher, had one to kick him in the mouth, loosening several teeth and making a very painful impression altogether. Mr. Walls is nursing the inconvenience, and thinks the teeth will grow fast again.

Dr. R. B. Hopkins has successfully removed and to all appearances made a cure of a cancer which was on the left side of Manship Ingram’s nose. Mr. Ingram at present lives near Fleatown; but he is “like the Irishman’s Flea,” hard to keep up with. He was in town on Saturday and showed us his nose. The nose looks all right, and no one would ever suspect there had been anything the matter with it.

Rev. Hill, the former colored minister of the north Milton Church, removed his household goods last week to his new appointments in West Dover Hundred. All the little Hills were shipped on the Saturday morning train. Rev. Blackston will take possession of the parsonage this week.

Races are announced to be held at the Milton Driving Park on Saturday afternoon the 26th.

Steamer Marie Thomas arrived last week with coal for the Royal Company.

W. H. Ott of Centreville, Md., was the guest of Milton friends last week.

Mrs. James A. Davis and son of Philadelphia are being entertained by her parents. Justice of the Peace, Eli L. and Mrs. Collins.

S. J. Wilson returned home last week from Saratoga, N. Y. where he had been as a detective from the Milton Conclave, J. O. H. Mrs. Wilson and daughter, Mrs. F. B. Carey, accompanied him. “Sam” stored away lots of ice cream on the trip.

Emma Gray was run over on Wednesday evening of last week, near the Iron Bridge, by a young Milton man with an unmanageable horse. Miss Gray essayed to cross the road ahead of the team near the engine house; the driver, seeing the condition, hallowed to her to get out of the way, as he couldn’t stop. Miss Gray failing to “get out of the way,” was struck by the fore wheel, knocked down and ran over, but not hurt. “The driver was not to blame,” says Miss Gray.

The Milton school election will be held on Saturday the 26th. Turn out and do your duty or “forever hold your peace.”

Sarah C. Roach died at the home of her son John Clendaniel near town on Monday, aged 76 years, 18 months and 8 days. Funeral at Slaughter Neck Church, on Wednesday afternoon, and burial in adjacent cemetery by J. R. Atkins.

Harmen T. Hood died at the home of his grandparent, James Heavalow, near Milton on Monday. Interment in A. M. E. Cemetery near town by J. R. Atkins.

The work on the public wharf is necessarily procrastinated on account of the tides. It will be completed when it is done.

Miss Eva Coverdale of Philadelphia is the guest of her father, Wesley Coverdale, and sister.

The overseer of the road in which Lavinia Bridge is incorporated informs us the bridge will be taken up, probably today, and a new one built provided he can get men to do the work. The travelling public will take notice.

The ladies of the M. E. Church held a lawn social on Saturday evening, of […] near the church. A good time was had. Firemen Band was on hand, dispensing sweet music and attracting the passers-by. Two gentlemen and a lady from Cape May who are summering in a somopoltian sense, and were tied up ay Milton Dock, were present and by their liberality of “help a good cause” (so they said) added much to the finance of the occasion. Hereafter it is purposed by the management of “Lawn fetes” to issue special invitation to New Jersey tourists.

On Saturday a colored man named D[…] Frame brought suit against Joe Heavelow and wife for debt. The case came before Squire Collins and a general wrangle occurred. The justice drove Mrs. Heavelow from the room and subsequently got the constable to persuade her to come back and pay the cost. Before the cost was paid Mrs. Heavelow said something when the irate justice fined her five dollars for contempt, and “Bill” Moseley said something, and the justice fined him five dollars for contempt. “Bill” had the money and paid the fine. Joe Heavelow sentreyed [sic] around and raised five dollars to pay his wife’s fine; but in doing so he said something when the indefatigable justice fined him five dollars for contempt. Joe was in a dilemma and after soliciting several for aid, and trying to get away, he was landed by the constable in the lock up. Subsequently the generous and tender-hearted Mrs. Emma Burton, who has known Joe for a long time and couldn’t bear to hear of Joe being in the lock up, paid the fine, and Joe was released. The original case was undecided and the officer of the law got no cost—not yet, anyhow—and the constable don’t like it.

Ex-State Treasurer Charles H. Atkins continues to improve, He is now out upon the lawn daily and with hi convivial attendant, Mr. Rowland from the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, and the bull dog “Abasuerus,”[ii] and the little pup as playmates, he cannot help but enjoying his convalescence.

The Board of Education on Friday evening elected Prof. Harrington of Houston principal of the Milton Public Schools for next term.

LeRoi H. Johnson was holding the calf while the mother milked the cow. The calf bit him on the finger. LeRoi said “the little fellow thought he was sucking.”

E. P. Johnson returned on Sunday from Forest City, N. J. where he has been engaged at railroading.

Bishop Frederick J. Kinsman preached at the P. E. Church on Sunday morning, and the Rev. J. L. McKim in the evening.

Rev. D. L. Johnson of Georgetown was a Milton guest on Sunday.

Dr. F. Huler Atkins of Philadelphia has been visiting in town.

The term of Eli L. Collins, as Justice of the Peace for Milton, expired on Tuesday, We have not heard of his successor yet.

Rev. J. L. McKin of Milford has accepted a call from the vestry of St, John Baptist Church and will become rector of the Milton church.


[i] Water lilies figure prominently in the story of how David A. Conner met his future wife in 1864, in Mankin’s Woods.

[ii] The actual spelling of the name is “Ahasueus,” an alternated spelling for “Xerxes,” the emperor of ancient Persia.