While it may be said by some that this headline is utterly untrue, the fact is that without public outcry today these structures are in the direct path of the Milltown Ford Avenue Redevelopment Authority’s (MFARA) current legal framework. As of right now the current Ford Avenue Redevelopment Plan as amended in 2021 includes the following language with regard to open space…
Looking at the conceptual plan it was reasoned and confirmed at a recent meeting of MFARA that one of the proposed building sites would sit at the location of the landmark structures in question.
It is true that there are numerous paths forward to save these structures. Options include the immediate creation of a Historic Preservation Commission to give authority over the designation of historic properties in the borough, the amendment to the four-party agreement, State Historic designation, and or lobbying of your elected officials. It is my opinion that it is too burdensome for the developer to keep the structures and maintain them. With the political will of both local Borough officials and the Middlesex County Commissioners who have the absolute authority to approve the location of the Open Space boundary. It is reasonable for them to ensure that not all structures within the county Open Space are demolished. Such a decision would benefit the residents of the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County, and the Borough of Milltown, as they could retain these landmarks, while also reducing the cost burden of the developer to unnecessarily demolish such iconic structures and the last remaining vestige of Milltown cultural contribution to the United States rubber industry and its own working-class roots.
For a timed video of the recent Milltown Ford Avenue Redevelopment Authority’s meeting where this was discussed see below for a YouTube link.
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MILLTOWN, Nov. 24-The first luncheon-meeting of the Milltown Chamber of Commerce was held last evening at the Michelin Cafeteria which proved to be one of the most interesting meetings ever held by this body. A feature of the gathering was the condemnation of the borough’s present “wide-open” condition.
Those present were: Frank G. Boyce, J. M. Crabiel, H. A. Christ, W. R. Evans, E. V. Emens, J. P. Herbert. Ida J. Hermann, William S. Hannah, J. H. Junker, J. Knoll. Jr., M. Kropp. John Klotzbach, C. Kuhlthau, K. Kuhlthau, W. H. Kuhlthau, C. W. Kuhlthau, Geo. Kuhlthau, Geo. Lowne, H. R. M. Meyers, Spencer Perry, C. C. Richter, C. M. Snedeker. Philip Simpson. Harold J. Schlosser, Addison Thompson. Fred Wagner, Charles Zimmerman, Mrs. Chas. Hodapp. Miss Susie Crabiel, Louis Slon. Irving Crabiel, Dr. S. F. Weston and Howard S. DeHart.
After the luncheon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the regular meeting was indulged in, President John H. Klotzbach presiding. Clerk of the Board of Education Howard S. DeHart made the first address of the evening in presenting the business side of the Board of Education to those present, presenting the fact that the larger attendance, higher cost of textbooks, higher salaries paid teachers, etc., of today, have a great bearing on the great expense that is attached to our school today, especially calling attention that the transportation of our children which alone runs up as high as four thousand dollars in the course of a year. Mr. DeHart urged the hearty co-operation of the folks of the town to insure proper training of the children.
Dr. S. F. Weston, supervising principal of the school, was the next speaker of the evening on the Relation of School to Education, what education does toward making for a safer democracy, and also how the social and recreational education of a child tends to develop that child in the higher and better methods of life. Dr. Weston dwelt upon the opportunities afforded today to the man or woman who has been properly prepared for life by means of an education.
The fact was brought out as to following out the methods of instruction as laid down by the State and that the local school is complying with all requirements of the State body with exception of the fact that there is no domestic science department at this time. The reason being given that up to this time there has not been sufficient room, and secondly, the Board of Education did not feel financially able to put on any more expense than they were absolutely compelled o at this time.
The fact was also brought out during the discussions that while a four-room addition is being added to the present school structure it will not be many years before more room will be required. The Clerk stated in fact that if it was not for the high cost of building materials and Labor a new eight-room school would have been asked for at this time instead of only a four room addition to the present building.
The second question on the calendar-Does Milltown get a share of fish and game in comparison with the licenses issued? Many of the sportsmen present did not think Milltown did get a fair share of game and upon the suggestion of those present a committee of three was appointed to make an investigation and report back to the Chamber at the next meeting, namely: Fish and Game Committee: Charles Zimmerman, Charles Snedeker, Harold J. Schlosser. The question of can Milltown have its own electrical inspector to insure better service in Milltown was thoroughly discussed and the sentiment was that Milltown should have its own inspector.
Who knows the police signal system? This question was spoken upon by chairman of the police committee of the borough council, Harold J. Schlosser who explained that if anyone desired a policeman at any time to call the Michelin Tire Company and they would be sure to find one of the town officers there at any time during the day and any time in the evening up to 11 30 o’clock. It was pointed out that an arrangement had been made some years ago with the Telephone Company so that the telephone operator would know just what course to pursue. By mutual consent the matter was left in the hands of the borough council for their consideration.
After a discussion of the trolley service being given to Milltown at present, the following resolution was adopted, the secretary being instructed to forward a copy to the superintendent at New Brunswick and also one copy to headquarters in Newark, namely:
“Resolved, that the Chamber of Commerce voice its approval of this progressive step, and that we extend our thanks to the Railway Company, and sincerely trust that this arrangement may continue in effect permanently to the mutual advantage of the Railway Company and the people of our community.
“Resolved further that it would also be very much appreciated if the “Milltown only cars” could be run as far as Heinz’ Switch so-as to give South Milltown residents service equal to that of North Milltown residents.
“Resolved further, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the General Manager of the Public Service Railway Company at Newark and a copy to the local superintendent at New Brunswick.”
Would a retail merchants association be of interest to Milltown business men was discussed favorably and the following committee was appointed to make investigation and report at the next meeting with the view of getting such an organization underway: Retail Merchants Committee: C. W. Kuhithau, F. G. Boyce, H. A. Christ.
Harold J. Schlosser, chairman of the police committee, was given an opportunity to express himself. He stated that there were violations of the law going on and only recently a crap game was raided but for some reason or other there was no publicity given the matter.
It was pointed out that a general. clean-up that would keep the town boys out of questionable games and pastimes would not only be in the town’s interest but in the interest of the boys themselves as far as their economic advancement is concerned.
It was also pointed out during the discussion that any organization that would permit gambling in its rooms. was not only a disgrace to the organization but to the town as well.
An editorial from one of the country newspapers setting forth a plan to gain information as to the attractiveness of a town by sending out a questionnaire to each member asking what induced them to come to the town in which they live was read by the secretary for future information of the Chamber.
Charles E. Denhard and Louis Sion were admitted into membership of the Chamber.
The Civic Department of the Chamber of Commerce reported that the Hallowe’en celebration was the most successful affair of its kind ever held in this section. The financial report of the celebration was as follows:
“Whereas the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Milltown in regular session assembled at the Michelin Cafeteria are fully aware of the educational, recreational and social advantages that the Michelin Community House affords to the Borough of Hilltown, be it and it is hereby
“Resolved that a vote of thanks by the Chamber of Commerce be ex-tended to the Michelin Tire Company for their untiring efforts to make Milltown not only an attractive place to live but to work as well. “Resolved further that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Michelin Tire Company and that a copy be spread upon the minutes of this organization.”
Tomorrow morning at the Re- formed Church John Schmidt will occupy the pulpit at 10:20 in a special Thanksgiving service. A special collection for the Middlesex Hospital of New Brunswick will be taken. All are cordially invited to attend.
Tonight will be Women’s Home Missionary night at the St. James Church, New Brunswick, and all local members are urged to attend the meeting.
The Women’s Republican meeting scheduled for tomorrow night has been postponed by the president, Mrs. Kuhlthau, and will be held next week. All members are asked to please vote.
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Crablel have returned from their wedding trip spent in the New England States.
Friday, December 10, has been set aside by the Reformed Church Ladies’ Aid Society for their annual Christmas sale in Fed Men’s hall.
The bazaar or fair now in progress by the local Catholic mission will close tonight and it will be the last chance to get some real Christmas gifts at real bargains. Dancing will
also be enjoyed. A large crowd was on hand last night.
For the first time, Douglas Fairbanks will appear on the screen in Milltown tomorrow night when the Michelin Community House opens for the screen stars to entertain local people. A big crowd is expected to see the opening show in the borough. For the attraction here in the afternoon see the sporting page.
MILLTOWN, Nov. 22.-An adjourned meeting of the Borough Council was held last evening. Mayor Conrad Richter presided. Councilmen Chas. Baurles, Henry Kuhlthau, Geo. E. Crabiel, Al Skewis, B. Miller, Clerk R. A. Harkins, Messrs. C. W. Waddington and R. B. Sheppard of the water commission board were present.
Mrs. John Lins was permitted to remove two trees in front of her property on Clay and Church streets The trees had been damaged by lightning.
A resolution approving the plans and specifications of the Sewer and Water Commission was adopted.
An ordinance regarding the widening of Riva avenue, from Main to Clay street was introduced passed on the first reading.
Prior to introduction of the above ordinance a petition from several property owners along the avenue was presented.
A resolution was adopted that the borough clerk post notice of intention for widening of the avenue in five of the most prominent places in the borough.
On motion the clerk was authorized to notify the railroad as to the condition of the crossing at Main street near the Michelin Tire Co.
The clerk was also authorized to notify the Board of Freeholders as to the condition of the bridge crossing Lawrence Brook.
The light committee was authorized to purchase a transformer for use in connection with the ventilating system at the school.
On motion the clerk was authorized to send a special notice to the property owners along Riva avenue, who have not as yet signed petitions for widening of said avenue.
Milltown to Have New Order.
C. H. Crenning, who is well versed in lodge work, has decided to use his best efforts towards instituting an Order of Owls in the borough, provided he can secure the necessary signers to the petition, which he is about to circulate. While the Order of Owls is practically now here in the East, it was founded at South Bend, Ind., in November, 1904. During its existence the growth has been marvelous, and branches of the order have been established in nearly every State in the Union as well as through Canada. Nearly 1,900 nests have been instituted with a membership of over 300,000.
The owls have a furnished home for their orphans where they educate them, at South Bend, Ind. They also have their own hospital. They now have a bill before Congress to set aside public land for a tuberculosis hospital and camp for the members of the order. They assist deserving widows of deceased members by a monthly pension. Their ritual; is beautiful and ennobling. They advocate no creed-nothing offensive to any man’s religion.
The special charter fee is $5 per member, and any one between the ages of 13 and 55 desiring to be- come a charter member may do so by singing the petition. After the charter is closed the regular initiation fee will not be less than $10; hence you can readily see the advisability of getting in on the ground floor.
The motto of the Order of Owls is as follows:
“There’s so much bad in the best of us,
And so much good in the worst of us,
It hardly behooves any of us
To speak ill of the rest of us.
They also have a toast, which reads as follows:
“Here’s to the man whose hand Is firm when he holds your own. Like a grip of steel that makes you feel
You’re not in the world alone.”
The new home of Charles Durham is nearing completion so far as the exterior is concerned.
Other Town Topics.
William Kuhlthau, Sr., is spending a few days at Morris Park, L. I. A reward of $10 has been offered. for information that will lead to the arrest of the parties that entered the building, adjoining Red Men’s Hall, and splattered paint, about the walls and floor.
At the Churches.
At the Methodist Church there will be special revival services, both morning and evening, and in the event of Miss Annie Agnes Smith, the evangelist, not putting in an appearance, Rev. L. L. Hand will occupy the pulpit. There is, however a likelihood of Miss Smith being able to take up her duties here tomorrow.
At the German Reformed Church there will be memorial service in the morning at 10.30, and members of families that have been bereaved during the past year are especially requested to be present. Sunday school will be held at 9.30 a. m. as usual. Young People’s Society will meet at 7 o lock and usual evening service will be held at 7.30. there will be services held on thanksgiving Day at 10.30 a. m.
Father and Son Week Starts Monday for Milltown People
Second Annual Banquet of St. Paul’s Brotherhood Monday Night Will Begin Event
MILLTOWN. Nov. Father and Son week is to be celebrated during the coming week and the Brotherhood of St. Paul’s Reformed Church will participate by conducting its second annual banquet in the Brotherhood building of the church Monday night at 7 o’clock.
The committee in charge has perfected all arrangements for the gala occasion and made arrangements for one hundred and fifty diners. Those desiring tickets may see either Henry Hartlander or Arthur Dickinson or any member of the Brotherhood, for there may be some left.
One of the biggest features of this annual affair is the orator of the evening, who will be the Hon. John T. Sproul, president of the Coal and Iron National Bank of New York City. From those who have heard M. Sproul comes the information that he is a very able orator, one gifted with the knowledge of how to win an audience and keep its attention. Mr. Sproul will give the main address of the evening, although Harry White will be in attendance and undoubtedly will have something to say, while the pastor, Rev. R. O. Castlos will also say a few words. E. M. Dowling of the County Y. M. C. A. will look after the singing numbers while Kuhlthau Brothers Orchestra will furnish music throughout the night. Tickets are selling for $1.25.
Arraigned Before Justice
Two boys from Berdine’s Corner were brought before Justice of the Peace J. A. Headley of this place last night on charge by Deputy Game Warden Theodore Ryerson of carrying guns in the field. The boys admitted that they had been shooting and on their clothes were several cartridges.
The law of 1925 prohibits such a misdemeanor but the lads were only sixteen and seventeen years of age justice Headley suspended the sentence, the boys paying only the cost of court.
Reformed Church Notes
Tomorrow morning at 9.30 the Progressive Adult Bible Class will hold their meeting with Harry C. White teaching the lesson. The other Sunday School classes will convene at the same hour. At 10:30 the sermon by the pastor, Rev. R. O. Castlos, to the Juniors will be “The Giver of Life” Sermon by the pastor to the seniors in German will be on “Sardes”. In the evening at 7:30 the pastor will conduct a home mission program entitled “The Pioneers of Christ.” This special program will be based on the treat Northwest dealing principally with the mission work In that territory.
Monday night in the Father and Sons Bouquet and on Wednesday night the Ladies Aid Society will hold their meeting and on Thursday night the Consistory of the church will meet.
Methodist Church Notes
Sunday School and Adult Bible class at the same hour of 10 a. m. with Prof. H. R, Mensch lending the Bible Class discussion. At 11 am, the pastor will preach on the theme, “An Unexpected famine” and in the evening at 7:30 p. m. the pastor Rev. D. E. Clair will preach on the theme “Angel Ministry of Today.”
Fellow Countrymen Acquit Man Charged With Murdering Mrs. Tessie Kubbery at Milltown Remarkable Ending of Tragedy That Stirred the County.
Following closely upon the conviction of Porter Charlton, an American who was tried in Italy for murder, comes the announcement in the form of a communication to Prosecutor Florance that Luigi Aquino, alias Louis Quinn, charged with the murder of Mrs. Tessie Kuberry, at Milltown on July 25, 1913, has been acquitted and set at liberty by the Court of Assise at Avelino, Italy.
Following the crime at Milltown, Quinn escaped to Italy, his native country, where he was arrested in December, 1913, through a decoy letter sent by County Detective John
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R. Ferguson. The prosecutor at that time was George S. Silzer and nothing was left undone to bring about the arrest of Quinn, but efforts to have him sent back here for trial failed utterly.
Sworn affidavits, however, were forwarded to Italy by Mr. Silzer and later by Prosecutor Florance, including the testimony of two eye-witnesses to the tragedy, both of whom fastened the crime upon Quran. It WIA generally felt that the CISO against the prisoner was of the strongest, hence the action of the Italian Court is all the more surprising
Mrs. Kuberry was a general favorite and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Litkenhaus, of this city. She was employed at the plant of the Michelin Tire Company, in front of whose property the shooting took place. Quinn had also been an employee of the tire works and had paid attention to Mrs. Kuberry, who repulsed him. It was believed that Jealousy led to the shooting.
The letter just received by Prosecutor Florance was forwarded from the office of Governor Fielder, by whom it was received from the State Department at Washington. It bore date of September 22 and set forth that Quinn’s trial took place on July 9 last.
A remarkable feature of the communication was the statement that the Quinn case is the fifth case within the past twelve months in which Italians, tried in Italian courts for murders alleged to have been committed in the United States, have been found not guilty by the Jury and set at liberty by the courts. Not & case has been reported to the American Embassy within the past year in which a conviction for murder or manslaughter has been secured by the Royal Prosecutor.
The treaty laws between the United States and Italy are such that It is impossible for this country to secure the extradition of men arrested in Italy for murders committed in the United States, and the disadvantage resulting to the Interests of justice seem to be amply set forth In the communication referred) to above.
MILLTOWN, Oct 28. – One of the candidates for Assembly on the Democratic ticket is Fred W. Devoe of Milltown, and his chances for election appear exceeding bright. used of an engaging penalty he has many friends throughout the county who are zealously working for his cause.
Mr. DeVoe is a lawyer with offices in New Brunswick, and also in Milltown where he resides on upper Main street, having purchased the former home of Professor Jaeger, when he moved from New Brunswick to the borough two years ago. He was born in Spotswood, but lived in Perth Amboy and New Brunswick while studying for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1915.
In Milltown he is very active in all war work and has been at the head of several drives. He was chairman for the borough in the last two Red Cross drives in which Milltown made splendid showings. He has also devoted much time to assisting registrants with their questionnaires. Mr. DeVoe is in the confidence of the Milltown people as evidenced by the fact that he is attorney for both the Milltown building and Loan Association. and also for the First National Bank.
As representing the progressive type of young lawyer, Mr. DeVoe deserves a place in the Assembly. Because of his law training he is well fitted to be sent as a representative of Middlesex County to the law making halls of New Jersey. In the primary he had no opposition as it was recognized hist type in the kind needed in the Legislature of the State.
In whatever he undertakes he enters wholeheartedly into it; there is no doubt as to where he stands on
the “Win the War” proposition because he is 100 per cent. American, and he lives it. There has been no war work in Milltown in which Mr. DeVoe has not been affiliated either as director or in some assisting capacity, and he has sacrificed much in order that he might do his best on the home front.
On two previous occasions Milltown has had the honor of having a resident in the Assembly. Postmaster John V. L. Booream served two terms as Assemblyman, and it looks as though the borough is again to have one of its taxpayers thus honored.
Russell Playing Card Co. at Milltown Gives Employees Shorter Hours
The Russell Playing Card Company needs no introduction to the public, especially to New Brunswick people. Their employees receive consideration in so many ways and such a high standard is maintained for them that this company has won a well deserved reputation for being a splendid one to work for, as the 200 employees there, mostly girls, will testify.
For a long time It has been the custom of this company to furnish hot coffee to employees, and rubbers and umbrellas to the girls on rainy days, and recently they have issued cards announcing new rules that will Interest and please their employees, in regard to shortening the hours of work, though no reduction in wages will follow.
The president of the Russell Playing Card Company, Mr. Benjamin Rosenthal, of New York, is a man with progressive ideas and the ability to carry them out. This is well demonstrated by the fact that in the eight years of Mr. Rosenthal’s management of the Russell company it has grown constantly and surely into one of the leading independent playing card industries of the country.
This is the notice just issued to their employees by the Russell company:
Beginning Monday, October 18, the hours of employment will be 7.45 a. m. to 12 noon, and from 12.43 noon to 5.30 P.M. Saturdays, from 7.45 a. m. to 12.45 noon.
There will be no reduction In wages. The same wages will be paid for this shorter work day as we are now paying for the present one.
Bonus systems are being installed In all departments as far and as rapidly as possible. In reducing the hours of employment without any decrease in wages, the management hopes all employees will be stimulated to greater effort, so that production may be increased and greater efficiency manifested throughout.