September 22, 1911

We are often asked by strangers, or more particularly speaking, by those who know our town and yet do not know it, (the above may appear paradoxical to an unsophisticated person; but waiving discussion. we may say there is a possibility of knowing a thing and yet not knowing it,) “how do the people live? You have a pretty town, clean and wide streets, the people are well dressed, and do not appear to be loafers, as the word is usually used, but I don’t see the reservoir from •which they draw their sustenance; not much employment, and—O, well, you understand what I mean?” “Yes, I think I do. You have not observed attentively, although you may have seen the Milton shirt and overall factory. Well, this accounts for the many well-dressed girls you see on the streets, and you must know that you only see them in going to and from their work. This establishment dresses these girls, with their cooperation, and, by the way, nine tenths of these girls are well educated, moral and upright in all their walks of life. They are not Poles or Bohemians, but pretty American girls – Milton girls, if you like that term better—and can take their places in any position in life, from teaching a school to writing an essay. This, in part, and for the most part, accounts for our girls dressing so well. But their dressing, while it is to be admired, is only a whim when compared with their morals and virtue. These girls while lovely are not mawkish, but rather inclined to the heroic. This fact is recognized by the men of marriageable age, and when one wants a good, sensible wife he goes to the shirt factory after her. How the men get along it is more difficult to relate. We have fishermen here who propose to make enough money during fishing season to last them the remainder of the year, and they are supposed to do it, at the prices they sell their fish. Then we have the canneries, in season,—and, yes sir! It is true, we have a man in town who is a carpenter, who rides to and from his work in a $900 automobile. He is at present his own chauffeur, but will not be likely to continue as such longer. O, yes; the people of Milton love their town, and possibly the great secret of the success of many of them is their love for one another (?) And we may say, en passant, that comparing the prices of the common necessaries of life with other towns a man who can support a family in Milton can support one anywhere. And it is almost impossible to get a person once attached to Milton to leave the town. It even takes heroic measures to cause potato bugs to get out. “Say, reader, come over into Milton and look at us! You’ll be surprised. But you need not be, for “The Lord hath spoken good concerning—” Milton.

A concrete wall is being put in front of the sidewalk at the Church of St. lohn Baptist.

C. G. Waples is having a metal roof put upon a part of his storehouse, corner Mulberry and Federal streets, in tenure of Clendaniel & Davidson.

As we went down the street on Monday morning the most attractive object we saw was the “Stars and Stripes” waving from the flag pole in the school yard, mute invitation that school had begun. Howard Williams, of Greenwood, is the principal, W. H. Welch vice principal, Miss Myra Shearer, of Hurlock, Md., Miss Elizabeth Johnson, of’ Millsboro, and Mrs. Stella Bacon, of Milton, assistants. The principal will board at the Jester Hotel, Misses Shearer and Johnson will be entertained by Mrs. Hannah Carey. Mr. Welch and Mrs. Bacon will board at their homes.

A grand organ recital will be given in Goshen M. E. Church on Friday evening by Mr. Robert LeRoy Haslup, organist of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Md., and on the 27th, 28th, and 29th the Thirty-second Annual Convention of the Delaware Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, will be held in said church. Prominent speakers will be present.

James Collins who lately leased the Isaac White property is having it repainted. He has also sold to Prof. W. G. Fearing the small house on Chandler Street.

Millard O. Walls has purchased the property of James Pettyjohn in South Milton.

Joshua B. Grav has sold the building lot he bought of the C. C. Reed estate to joseph Draper.

A nice concrete pavement has been in front of the Fithian, and also the Hazzard and Virden building.

Mrs. Carrie Johnson has been having some repairs made to her property on Federal Street.

Thomas Douglas has put a substantial pavement in front of the Crouch residence and John Megee’s barber parlor.

Mrs. E. W. Warren continues seriously ill at her home, corner Mulberry and Broad Streets.

Several persons who raise the fruit are shipping pears from the railroad station.

J. F. Pool, of New York, and brother in-law to W. J. White, is having erected coping and a monument to the memory of the late Mr. White. It is a fine piece of architectural work, and is being made by William V. Sipple & Son, of Milford, and placed in the Milton M. E. Cemetery.

Mrs. Mary E. Chorman, relict of the late Alfred Chorman, died at the home of her son, Philip Chorman, at Whitesboro on Friday, aged 69 years and 21 days. Funeral at White’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon, and interment in cemetery by. S. J. Wilson & Son.

Silas W. Roach died at the home of Harry Jefferson on Wednesday the 13th of paralysis. He was stricken on Monday morning and died on Wednesday evening, aged 57 years. His remains were removed to his brother Charles near Waples Mill. Funeral services were held at Slaughter Neck Church on Friday afternoon, and interment made in the cemetery adjoining by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Henry Atkins, who has been ill nearly all the year with diabetes, is much improved, and able to be out, Hopes are entertained of his final recovery.

Cornelius, son of Dr. J. C. Wiltbank, hurt his right arm in the summer and it finally cured but the member remained somewhat stiffened. Last week he was taken to Jefferson Hospital, where a slight operation was performed and he is much improved.