This Day in History: May 25th, 1919

This Day in History: May 25th, 1919

Milltown’s Fine Opportunity to Become More Attractive

In the second installment of hist Interesting article Mr. H. M. Olmsted continues his constructive suggestions for making Milltown an attractive place to live. In the first part The wrote about the many natural advantages already there for making a bigger development possible, in this The goes more into details for creating new features, besides developing the old ones, as follows:

A Cool Atmosphere.

If the reader has visited Salt Lake City, Utah, he will remember having- noted with pleasure the cool, frag- rant, bracing air of that city.

Also he will recall the rivulets of pure fast flowing water coursing down the regularly constructed concrete gutters at each curbing of the main streets. Long ago, that city decided to in- stall an improvement which is peculiar to Western towns, namely to take advantage of the natural pitch and tall of the city streets and the excess supply of water and to use these in the above manner to cool the atmosphere. You will find on every block of the main streets in that city one or two white enamel bubbling fountains alongside the curb where one’s thirst may be quenched with ice cold mountain water and you will note that this constantly flowing water wastes into the gutters, which are in reality concrete troughs two feet wide by two inches deep. In these gutters one can see the clean mountain water traversing block after block until it finds it way into storm water sewers, which lead out onto the farm lands lying far down in the valley and irrigating them to a point of rich vitality.

Throw a chip in the gutter at the upper end of a 600 foot long block and walk rapidly to the lower end of the block and you will see your, chin coming sailing by like an ocean freighter. Rubber tires, horses hoofs and wagon tires need cooling. This water does it perfectly. Then too. it cools the atmosphere, because of the evaporation caused by the sun. It is a natural thing there, for citizens to keep their streets clean. Dust may be swept into and away by the stream. Stubs of cigars and matches are never left on sidewalks in Salt Lake City because it is natural to desist them in the water where there will be swept out of sight in a moment. Well, this plan is possible in Milltown, along Main street and a number of other sloping roadways and it would lend healthfulness, cleanliness and coolness to the city in the hat weather of the summertime, Is this too progressive for you? I think it is not, and that it would soon pay big dividends in Milltown as well as elsewhere. It would be a paying advertisement for Milltown to be the first in this matter. Advertising is a tremendous factor in success today and always will be.

Importance of Signs and Lighting.

I have spoken previously of a lighting system which would prove a profitable investment in any city. As to street name signs I believe Milltown is far better off in that direction than is New Brunswick. The importance of handsome street name sign pests of metal-two to each corner-big letters easily read. cannot be underestimated in any progressive town. I once knew of a merchant who contemplated investing a large sum of money in building a branch factory in a certain city, who, when he got lost in that strange city, because there were no proper street name signs, promptly drove out of the place and infested his capital in a town where every single street was sign posted in a proper manner. In the matter of store signs hanging far out over streets-this is a thing which all progressive towns refuse to allow. It is a dangerous and unsightly method and should not be permitted by authorities.

A Bounteous Nursery of Trees and Shrubs.

In the woodlands south of the lake I saw thousands of trees, saplings, and bushes which might be culled. out here and there and with little expense transplanted along streets where trees are needed-and there are but few such places-also both saplings and bushes could be trans- planted advantageously in yard where needed. This would aid in the work of clearing out paths and roads in a parking plan a go a long ways in making for greater charm and beauty in the whole town. Perhaps an Arbor Day or Days might be arranged among the good citizens. and by united and co-operative work, each aid the other fellow to further adorn his own plot and garden, to the greater benefit and prosperity of the entire village. In those woods I saw any hundreds of varieties of plant life. With about twenty, in borers, a skilled gardener and competent direction, much transplanting. could be done profitably and at acost mere nominal to the actual value produced by the work.

On many of the U. S. Housing projects of 100, 200 and 300 houses, there was an allotment of nursery stock to each project of as many as 15,000 plants, trees, shrubs, vines, etc.-over 100 plants per house and the plots of ground rarely exceeded 25 by 100 feet per house. This illustrates the importance which the U. S. Government lent to plant life around its houses. Properly set out plants add charm, beauty and enhance property values far in excess of the cost of the plants themselves. As to paths around the park and along all brooks these might be constructed inexpensively by merely marking out the lines of the paths and filling in the pathways with a mixture of sand and gravel to be had in abundance from the gravel, pits in the hills of the woodlands. This same gravel would supply two of the ingredients needed for concrete bridges and other work. should estimate that with the proper utilization of Milltown’s nursery stock, water supply, sand, gravel and electric power plant in the ways I have named, she could add to her loral property values over 50 per cent. I mean that by utilizing these natural resources, each citizen could command 50 per cent higher price for his property holdings were he compelled to sell them. This is a strong statement but I believe, from experience, that it would prove correct, were the work done. Of course it would have to be a co-operative task and one upon which all citizens would have to first agree but this f could be done.

As one may realize, his thought as to a park system, is given without mature study and I have mentioned it only in a hopeful fashion as a big possibility. The plan would involve a greater amount of thought and study that such as it is I have given it freely in this article as only one of the possibilities of Milltown.

Beautifying Factories.

A great deal of thought and work. has of late years been expended on beautifying factories. Few realize how much our offices and places of work consume of our working and leisure time. Why should not these, places be harmonious and as attractive as one’s home? There is but one answer-they should be so.

The National Cash Register Co. of Dayton, Ohio; the Doubleday, Page Co., of Garden City, IL. and hundreds of other great factories have landscaped their buildings and grounds. to such a large extent that they are places of wonderful beauty and attractiveness and this simple expedient has become an asset of tremendous monetary value to such factories. The employees health and working spirit has been quickened. They are rested and refreshed at work and when leaving work and their output has been doubled and trebled merely by the wholesomeness, and beauty by which their shops are surrounded. Curved charts have been made on such work and these charts show that an investment in trees and bushes pay thousands of per cent yield on the capital invest- ed.

Thought of a Wayside Restaurant.

An ideal spot for the location of a family and motorists’ co-operative restaurant is seen from the bridge. I judge that the location would be on Washington avenue, near the railroad tracks. That hillside looks inviting for just such a purpose, and it would take care of the overflow of diners which will surely follow any expansion in Milltown’s present population.

The restaurants in Milltown are fine and hospitable but they will be taxed in the days to come. think you will smile over this idea. of a co-operative vile covered restaurant but look at it from another angle and perhaps we can agree on the matter. Have any of you folks ever stopped to consider that the girls get tired cooking and serving at home every day and that they want a change once in a while from home cooked meals? Then too, women now play a big part in the civic life of every city. Even now they do so in Milltown, Are not your wives, mothers, sweethearts and sisters entitled to this recreation? I am sure you will say they are, so that ends the argument socially. On the other hand, picture the delight of every motorist passing over that bridge and spying pretty way-side restaurant perched up on that hill and then his immediately going there for his chicken dinner. This will bring much money into the town. Every motorist who stops or is induced to stop by reason of a restaurant, leaves about $10 of his money in the town that catches him. A restaurant, by all means, I know you will now say.

A Progressive Community.

A visit to Milltown will prove that it is a progressive town. Its 5.000 citizens. are people with heart, brain and sentiment and this is proven by their homes and the town itself. I should not be surprised to learn that its slogan For the next two years will be Ten Thousand Population.” This will raise it to the classification of a sure enough city.

in point of American loyalty there is probably not a finer town in the entire state. To know this one has but to see the large wooden sign board adorning Main street. near the bridge, with its dozens of names of brave and loyal soldiers who gave up their all to advance the cause of humanity and democracy in the great war which has but ended. Again I would not be surprised to learn that the citizens of Milltown had erected a permanent concrete of granite tablet with copper name plates for each hero on that list, in place of the wooden sign board now in place, These men deserve the tribute and it is worthy of the town as well.

On many sides there was report of the splendid work of the Michelin Tire Company doing their share. in promoting the best interests of the city. I was told that Michelin never intruded into the politics of the town but steadfastly aided and did his part like a man when the opportunity presented. Many of the citizens spoke in favor of paying the Michelin people a tribute so the thought naturally occurred to me what finer tribute could be rendered anyone so helpful, than to

change the name of the town. so that it would bear the name of one of its best citizens. The name “Milltown,” is now slightly misleading, because in no sense is that town a mill town. It is not a place of or for any rough element. but a little city of refinement, charm and real homes. I believe if a new name were voted upon, every single citizen would vote “yes” to the change I have named, as a tribute to the bigness and civic pride of that citizen.

This Day in History: May 24th, 1928

This Day in History: May 24th, 1928


MILLTOWN, May 24-The First National Bank of Milltown started paying its Vacation Club Monday and many of these depositors will receive the benefit of an enjoyable vacation due to small savings throughout the year.

The Vacation Club at the bank this year was far in advance than those of the past, and it is he expectation of those at the bank that the membership of the club for 1929 will be far in excess of that of 1928.

The 1929 club membership is now open and many have already started the new club, on its way to success.


 MILLTOWN, May 24-The regular meeting of the Girl Scouts was held on Monday evening at the Brotherhood building of the St. Paul’s Reformed Church. The meeting was opened with Investiture service, with the following scouts being invested: Marie Rost, Margaret Welmer and Elizabeth Ries.

The scouts devoted the rest of the evening for the rehearsal of the plays that they expect to give next month.


Mrs. Clarence Crenning of School street, is a patient at the Middle- sex General Hospital and is much improved from a recent operation for appendicitis.

Miss O’Brien of Syracuse, was a recent visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Steckle of North Main street.

The Girls Crescent Club was entertained Monday evening at the home of Mrs. C. B. Junker. The regular meeting of the Emanon Club was held at the home of Mrs. Edward Smith of Herbert avenue Monday evening.

Mrs. Millard Quackenbush of Washington avenue is a patient of the Middlesex General Hospital, with pneumonia.

The prayer and praise service of the Methodist Episcopal Church was conducted by Eugene Reeves on Tuesday evening.

The regular meeting of the Perry Worthge Post. American Legion met Tuesday evening..


MILLTOWN, May 2-This Evening at the Michelin park, the Milltown A. A, will entertain the New Brunswick Bankers, An interesting game is expected and although the locals are light favorites they will have to step lively to take the decision from the New Brunswick aggregation,

So far this season the Milltown. A. A. has been enjoying unusual success in its diamond affairs and the locals do not intend to let the Bankers spoil its fine record by coming out on top this evening. Bog Bradley, star right hander will toe the slab for the Milltown A. A and will draw Buck Wolff as his opponent.


May 24-Ladies’ Night was celebrated last evening by the Men’s Club at the Milltown Methodist Episcopal Church, with a very large attendance.

A most interesting program was furnished by Alvin Cross with his Swiss Bells and impersonations. A two hour entertainment was furnished, with musical numbers being rendered together with impersonations and a short sketch of n school program, which was loudly applauded.


MILLTOWN, May 24-Many from the borough as well as out of comedy drams, produced by the Karonites Club Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Michelin Community House, entitled “The End of the Lane.” The play was well directed and the individual parts were produced in a most delightful manner.

Those taking part in the play, under the direction of Prof. H. R. Mensch, were as follows:

Jim Denver-Kenneth Worthge. Hardy Saunders-Maurice Bradley

Bud Nix-Albert Skewis Messenger Boy-Kenneth Blumla. Canal Randall-Beatrice Ewing. Ma Randal-Sara Murray. Ellen Seabright-Mildred Knuck Martha Elizabeth Ann-Patience Perry. Bessie Reed-Helen Lehmann.

The time was that of the present and the setting that of a San Francisco boarding house and a farm in New York State. The comedy afforded much laughter and pleasure to the audience, throughout the evening.

This Day in History: May 16th, 1918

This Day in History: May 16th, 1918

Borough to Observe Memorial Day as President Suggested

MILLTOWN, May 16.-Exercises, consisting of community chorus singing, special solos, a patriotic address and other numbers, in which it is desired the town people will heartily participate, will be held on the evening of Memorial Day at the Michelin Park, in keeping with the spirit of President Wilson’s proclamation to observe the day with humiliation, I prayer and fasting.

This was decided on at a meeting of the Milltown Civic Celebration Committee, recently appointed by Mayor Christian Kuhlthau, held in the public school last evening. Mayor Kuhlthau presided and under organization J. H. Junker was elected secretary and H. R. B. Meyers, treasurer.

Last Memorial Day the exercises were held in the morning and were preceded by a street parade in which the various fraternal orders, Red Cross, Fire Department, Boy Scouts, etc., participated, but in view of the call of the President it was felt proper to simply have services appropriate to the occasion. The program will start at 7:00 p. m., so that the service will be completed before night falls. Holding the service in the evening will avoid confliction with any of the local churches that may de- sire to hold morning services in line with the President’s proclamation.

Some question arose as to the advisability of taking advantage of the open air facilities provided at the Michelin Park or using the public school, but it was finally decided to use the park as on former patriotic gatherings. Should it be stormy, however, the school will be used.

Speaker Secured.

A speaker’s committee consisting of J. H. Junker, chairman; Edward Emens, J. M. Crablel was appointed and Mr. Junker immediately used the telephone to get in touch with the Rev. Mr. E. H. Keator of the Reformed Church of Franklin Park, who consented to deliver the address of the evening. The committee is well pleas- ed with securing Rev. Keator for he Is a speaker of some note.

H. R. B. Meyers was appointed to arrange for a community chorus choir and to secure someone to same Mr. Meyers will also arrange for the music for the occasion.

It developed from the secretary’s report a balance of $29.82 remained over from last year. Added to this are donations of $25 by the Borough Council: $10 by Mayor Kuhlthau, and $5 from C. P. Stelle. Further contributions are solicited as the program will entail some little expense.

Councilman H. J. Schlosser was asked to make the introductory remarks for the speaker of the evening. The following committees were appointed:

Reception Committee-Mayor Kuhlthau, Henry Kuhlthau, H. J.

Schlosser Ushers Committee-Lester Snedeker, Albert Skewis, W. R. Evans, Charles Bauries, C. V. L. Booream.

Program Committee C. B. Crablel, Lester Snedeker, Henry Kuhlthau.

Everyone of the borough who desires to secure a Smileage book to send to some soldier can get same from Robert A. Phillips, of Booream avenue, who has charge of the sale of the books in Milltown. The cost par book is $1.00 and for the amount of pleasure it will give a soldier through the entertainments he will be able to enjoy in the Liberty Theatres. in camp, it is the best possible kind. of a gift.

Through arrangements with the Michelin A. A. the public school in conjunction with the club will conduct a moving picture show in the school next Monday night, May 20th. The school has enrolled 91 per cent. of its pupils as Junior Red Cross members and whatever profit is derived from the show, will be used to enroll the remaining nine per cent. 80 that there may be a total enrollment. of 100 per cent.

This Day in History: May 15th, 1923

This Day in History: May 15th, 1923


MILLTOWN. May 15.-The regular meeting of the borough council was held last evening in the borough hat with Mayor H. B. Meyers presiding. Those present were Clerk H. J. Schlosser, Attorney J. R. Appleby, Engineer C. P. Stelle, Collector William R. Evans, and Councilmen J. P. Herbert, W. H. Kuhlthau, Charles B Crablel, Charles W. Christ, and John Christ Superintendent Samuel Spiers, and Assistant Superintendent John Bauries.

An application was received from Marcus Wright of South River to have the electric current extended, the other side of Bog Brook in order to enable him to operate electric motors to be used in getting out clay and sand and preparing same for the building industries It was favored by the council, and when approved by the Public Service this extension will be made, all- expenses being paid by Mr. Wright. This will be a big industry employing a number of men when it is completed.

Most all of the property owners In North Milltown are in favor of the permanent curb and gutter being laid when the new road is put down, the expense being paid by them.

All sewer and water connections must be made within the next month as construction of the new road will no doubt begin about the middle of June.

The following bills were received and ordered paid:
Eldridge T. Mathis .. .. .. .. .$328.00
Samuel Spiers.. .. .. .. .. .. ..        2.00
N. J. State League of
Municipalities.. .. ..   25.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..   11.70
Christian Jensen .. .. .. .. .. ..  12.00
Borough of Milltown .. .. ..      2.40
Frank Van Syckle .. .. .. .. .1,265.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    4.23
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..   16.25
Nicholas Young  .. .. .. .. .. ..  42.25
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    7.20
William M. Beecher  .. .. ..       25.05
Joseph F. Rupprecht  .. .. ..        5.50
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..        7.10
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..        2.20
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..     13.50
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. ..    81.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..       5.61
C. W. Kuhlthau .. .. .. .. .. ..       62.00
Public Service.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 333.58
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    35.43
Usher Publishing Co… .. .. ..   35.58
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. ..   50.50
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. .. 427.25
Twinvolute Pump Mfg. Co..  450.00
Twinvolute Pump Mfg. Co..  147.94

In answer to the letter written the Public Service in reference to the condition of the road between the tracks over the bridge, they advise same will be repaired as soon as it can be reached with the limited number of men at the company’s disposal.

The new fire truck has been delivered and accepted by the council. It was given a thorough test on all of the hills in the borough and had no trouble in making the grades on high gear. As soon 25 the bids are received the new truck will be painted, when this is completed Milltown will be in first class condition to handle all fire emergencies which may develop.

Joseph Auer. James Titter and Louis Jensen have been accepted by the council as members of Eureka Engine Co. No. 1 to fill vacancies and bring the department up to the required number of twenty-five men.

The borough ordinance is still in effect on dog licenses. As only twelve have been issued this year there will be several minus their pets in the near future, as the police have been ordered to seize all dogs not tagged and if not called for within twenty-four hours said dogs will be destroyed.

The following building permits have been issued by the building inspector:

Joseph R. Stokes. 25 Richter avenue, frame garage. $300.

H. J. Schlosser, 5 School street, frame garage, 750.

Victor Quetzky. 19 Church street. addition to dwelling. $350

George T. Reimers, 40 Richter avenue, frame garage, $150.

St. Paul’s Reformed Church, frame addition to social hell. $4,000.

The total fees for the above permits, amounting to $18, have been collected and turned over to the borough collector.

Fifteen dollars each was donated by the council to the G. A. R. veterans and the American Legion for Decoration Day celebration.

Mrs. Albert Skewis while stepping from a trolley in front of the traction office in New Brunswick yesterday morning fell and seriously injured her ankle.

This Day in History: May 13th, 1910

This Day in History: May 13th, 1910


Contractor Kerwin Threatens to Consult Attorney Unless Borough Fathers Settle- Other Live Notes.

MILLTOWN, May 13.-The Borough Council held its regular monthly meeting at the Borough Hall last evening Mayor Richter, Councilmen Wagner, Kuhlthau, Rappelyea, Miller, Bauries, and Borough Clerk Harkins were present.

The following bills were ordered paid: Public Service Corporation $201.60; John Patterson, $4.50; Mrs. August Rhonish, $1.95; Public Service Corporation, $252.

The Collector’s report showed a balance on hand on May 12th, of $3,409.14.

A communication from the Public Service Corporation asking permission to lay gas mains from Van Liew avenue to Washington avenue and on Washington avenue in order to convey gas to another town was accepted and ordered filed.

The standing and special committees reported progress.

Spencer Perry, of Riva avenue, acting as a representative of the Milltown Coal and Lumber Company received permission to speak before the Council. He stated that Van Liew avenue was soon to be extended twelve hundred feet to the grounds of the company and that as there was to be some dirt excavated, he offered it to the Borough to fill up the places on the avenue which were not up to the grade. The matter was voted to be left in the hands of the street committee with the power to act.

Milton Brindle and Gilbert Gill representing the local order of Red Men addressed the Council and asked for sufficient electricity to have moving picture entertainment in the hall. The matter was left in the hands of the Light Committee.

Charles Sevenhair, the Borough treasurer, asked the Council what it intended, doing about oiling the streets. He was informed that the matter was al ready being considered by the street committee.

Mayor Richter then announced that the Council would go into executive session.

The matter that was probably brought up in this session was the “Kerwin job.” Two months ago the Council received a letter from Mr. Kerwin the contractor for the curbing and laying of gutters on South Main street in response to a communication from the Council stating that his work was un-satisfactory. In his letter the contractor declared that the work was daily inspected by an inspector appointed by the Council and was also inspected by Ex-Mayor Perry and Engineer Snyder He also stated that unless the percentage which was being held by the Council was paid he would consult an attorney.

This is the problem that the Council had to face last evening. All persons not in the Borough Council including the Home News and Times correspondents were refused admittance

Mrs. Annette Vanderventer has sold her home on South Main street to J. Dilks, of Main street. Mrs. Vanderventer contemplates moving to South River in the near future.

George J. Griewe, of Washington avenue, has rented the farm of L. Klinks. The new home on Riva avenue belonging to Joseph Rupprecht is progressing nicely. Adam Christ is the contractor. Monsieur Sagenson has purchased a handsome Reo car.

August Zetman, formerly of Washington avenue, has moved to Perth Amboy Mrs. G. J. Griewe is spending a few weeks at Hempstead, Long Island. The Milltown Coal and Lumber Company expects to break ground for the railroad siding next Monday,

Mrs. C. H. Vanderuzen, of Ford avenue, has returned home, after pleasant two weeks’ visit at Livingston Park. Rev. and Mrs, J. W. Morris attended the District Stewards Convention at Atlantic Highlands yesterday.

A number of local people attended the W. C T. U. Convention held at Pitman M. E. Church, New Brunswick, last evening.

This Day in History: May 12, 1920

This Day in History: May 12, 1920


Dr. Shannon Testifies That Wealthy Milltown Man Was Not in Full Possession of Faculties When He Gave Conger Deed to Big Tract.

James M. Parsons, wealthy snuff manufacturer of Milltown, was mentally weak and not in the full possession of his faculties at the time that he gave a deed to 17 1-2 acres of land on Riva avenue, Milltown.

John H. Conger of this city, former County Clerk of Middlesex, shortly before the death of Mr. Parsons on December 28, 1918, according to the testimony given by Dr. Patrick A. Shannon of this city. before Vice Chancellor Buchanan at Trenton this morning.

The evidence was taken in an action by William Slocovitch, nephew Mr. Parsons and executor of his state, to have the deed set aside having been secured by Mr. Conger through undue Influence upon Mr. Parsons, who had been a lifelong friend and over whom he is alleged to have had a great deal of influence. The only consideration shown in the deed itself is one dollar The property is said to be worth over $5,000.

Dr. Cotton, head of the State Hospital at Trenton, was called as expert on mental ability and a number of hypothetical questions based on Dr. Shannon’s testimony were put to him, his answers indicate that Mr. Parsons might have been in such condition mentally that could easily have been influenced. An attempt is being made by the executor to upset, the transfer in order to have the property revert back to the estate. Mr. Parsons was very wealthy during his lifetime, but it is understood that he did not leave nearly so much as was expected.

The case is still on this afternoon, and further evidence in regard to Mr. Parson’s condition is to be produced Former Judge Charles T. Cowenhoven represents the complainant in the case, while Russell E. Watson. of this city,, is counsel for the defendant.

Bread Line Is Now in Vogue For Milltown

If you see a long line of automobiles driven by housewives and going towards Milltown don’t think there is a convention going on in that town It is merely a bread line.

For Milltown is selling large loaves of bread at 10 cents a loaf, while New Brunswick’s small loaves are 11 cents and the large ones 16 cents in some stores and 17 cents in others. This city will have a lot of stale bread on its hands in prices don’t came down, for Milltown will be the Mecca for town people every morning.

Milltown bread use to be higher priced but a South River baker entered into competition and prices knocked against each other until the South River man came down to the 10 cent scale, almost putting the original Milltown dealer out of business.

Now a dime buys a large loaf of the best bread in the Michelin town and New Brunswickers have gotten wise to the fact and those who possess automobiles make daily marketing trips there, while others go by trolley or bus and stock up for the day.