April 8, 1910

Miss Mary J. O. Donovan, daughter of the late Reuben Donovan of near Redden, arrived in this town on Friday evening the 25th, and is now stopping at the hotel Jester. About three years ago Miss Donovan, in attempting to board a Philadelphia street car, fell and fractured her spine, and received other injuries which have left her a helpless cripple for the remainder of her life. She is compelled to lie on a cot, and is unable to move without assistance. Recently she was awarded $10,000 damages by a Pennsylvania Court, against the street car company. Notwithstanding her helpless condition, Miss Donovan bears her affliction with apparent resignation, is cheerful and conversed intelligently with any who may visit her.

Last week the Presbyterian cemetery was burnt off with a running file destroying the dead debris and lighting up that part of town with great brilliancy.

Otis Goodwin has been making repairs to his property on Federal Street.

George A. Bryan has been rearranging the back building of his residence, on Federal Street.

John walker has raised a story on the annex to his residence on Mulberry Street.

J. Leon Black, assistant trust officer of the Milton S. S. T. T. & D. Co., supplied the place of one of the officers of the Lewes Company for a few days last week.

J. F. Case, manager if the W. H. Chandler farm, has nicely sprayed the trees in the large peach and pear orchards of that farm; and the appearance of the trees is very marked.

Last week J. Polk Davidson put dirt upon his sidewalk and the weather being extremely dry, said dirt became pulverized and very dry. Knowing this to be uncomfortable to pedestrians, on Saturday evening Mr. Davidson saturated the sidewalk thoroughly with water and churchgoers on Sunday were not inconvenienced by dust as far as his sidewalk was concerned. This proves Mr. Davidson to be a man, not only of good sound sense, but of forethought and perception.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was administered at the M. E. Church on Sunday morning.

Robins are hopping around gardens picking up the early worms and getting ready to build their nests. Red birds are also numerous near the woods and branches; more of them that we remember to have seen for many years.

The past month was a remarkable March. The weather of last week was really oppressive. There hasn’t been enough wind to blow the old leaves that yet cluster on the trees, from their branches; and irises are blooming early; garden vegetables are coming up nicely; and Handy Prettyman, has near where the writer lives, a quarter acre set in cabbage plants that are superb. Has Haley’s Comet[i] anything to do with this remarkable rejuvenation? Some think it so.

Captain Joseph Warrington and David Dickerson went to Philadelphia last week after the schooner Sand Snipe, which vessel the captain will command, and engage in freighting clay from George Warrington’s clay pits to Philadelphia.

Some persons in driving on Lavinia Street, toward the camp ground, are in the habit of driving on the sidewalk very near to the doors of the colored people’s house. This street is within the incorporated limits of Milton, and the sidewalks should be as much respected as though they were in the heart of town. Town Council should see that this is done.

On Monday several lads were in swimming. Another proof of warm weather.

Miss Eva Smith has had some alteration made in her residence on Union Street.

The W. H. Chandler pear orchard of 800 trees within the town limits is now a beauty. The trees are all in full bloom, and were they not quite so tall would at a distance resemble a field of cotton in some southern state.

Elliott & Son are turning out cement blocks for S. J. Wilson & Son’s new building. They are being stacked up to dry; and in a short time work will begin in excavating for the foundation.

Fish hawks have been a little behind time this year, but they are now here and daily hovering over the Broadkiln, after the boneless herring.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was administered at the P. E. Church, at 3.30 o’clock on Sunday morning, by the Rev. Gaetson, of Georgetown. In the afternoon Bishop Frederick J. Kinsman preached to an interested congregation.

William S. Hickman, wife, and child, of Harrisburg, Pa., en route for Florida, stopped over Sunday with Henry Warren and family to Milton.

The case of diphtheria that was reported last week is over, and the quarantine has been raised.

It was announced at the M. P. Church on Sunday morning that the preacher’s salary had been paid up to date; that $500 had been raised for benevolent purposes; and that between $1500 and $1600 in the aggregate had been raised for church purposes during the year. This is a greater amount raised in any one year in the history of the church, except in the conference year of 1906-07, when the church was remodeled and repaired. Rev. J. D. Smith, the pastor, went to Conference on Monday. Mrs. Smith, the pastor’s wife, has gone to Chincoteague, Va., to attend to the household affairs of her mother, while the latter lady accompanies Mr. Smith to Baltimore where Conference convened on Tuesday in Brooklyn Church.

In the issue of the Chronicle of last week, it was announced that “David A. Conner had been appointed Census Enumerator for the First Election District, of the Fourth Representative District.” […paragraph partially obscured…] these letters in the original, or the compositor who put it in type, had, and ought to have made a correction.

H. Markel, financial partner of the late firm of Markel & Company, has removed with his family from Milton to York, Pa.

Tillie W. Smith, aged 25 years, 3 months and 17 days, died at her home in Bridgeville on Monday, of blood poison. Funeral services were held at McColley’s Chapel on Wednesday afternoon and burial made in the nearby cemetery by S. J. Wilson.

We are not yet advised of the terms of settlement of the difficulty in the William Mears building, but as indications point the contractor has abandoned the work with what payments he has received and left the bills against the building for Mr. Mears to settle. Isaac W. Nailor will, presumably, finish the work.

The roof is on the Palmer block of buildings, and a gang of carpenters are engaged on the inside work.

Having purchased the Markel property on Federal Street, Charles Virden will remove into it next week, or, as soon as his household goods arrive from Philadelphia.


[i] The actual name is Halley’s Comet, which appears about every 75 years, including 1910.