This Day in History: August 12, 1926

This Day in History: August 12, 1926

Milltown People Want Park, Municipal Swimming Pool

Hot Weather Brings Many, Suggestions for Relief; Suggest Park on Plot Across From Car Barns, Near Lawrence Brook


MILLTOWN, Aug. 12. These hot days make borough folk wish they had a swimming pool and public park at their disposal. More comment has been heard the past three days about a public park and a swimming pool in the borough than has been heard for months past. Milltown has two spots most ideal for such conveniences.

Milltown, according to some people, ought to make immediate arrangements to make summer life comfortable for borough folk and visitors. There are two spots that could be utilized to good advantage for public parks, and in one space a swimming pool could be erected. One man, in commenting on the idea last night, said he thought that the school playground should be fixed up and believed that it could be done with little expense. Right now the playground is in poor condition, so much, so that It is not practical for a public park, although with a little attention It could be converted into a very nice place. There are no benches on the ground, even though there are some trees that would afford shade. The grass Is not cut, but all this could be remedied and the place made more appealing. The ground could easily be leveled off. The suggestion of a pool in the playground Is not a new one, and with public support, which it would undoubtedly get, It could be made a realization by next year.

The other park space is the plot of ground bordering on the Lawrence Brook across from the old car barns. This is another apparently Ideal spot, and It is understood that the Raritan River Railroad Company will carry all the dirt necessary to fill In the space if the officials of the town would say the word. The delay is a waste of valuable time and if the railroad company is so willing to fill the place in. many people feel the borough officials surely ought to take them up on It. This has been hanging here for months.

Outing Tonight

The Milltown merchants will hold their annual outing tonight, when they will go to Soldier’s Beach and partake of a fish supper and take a dip Into the water.

Seldler’s Beach, Morgan and Laurence Harbor certainly were dense with borough folk last night, eager for a dip into the cooling waters. Evan the attractive pool at New Brunswick lured many Milltowners. Seldler’s, however, had first call for the crowd.

The Girl Scouts of the borough arranged at their meeting the other night at the home of Mrs, Charles Graullch, for their trip to Union Beach for one week. The girls will leave Saturday.

George Christ of the Michelin office is enjoying his vacation.

J. A. Montgomery and George Crablel attended the annual outing of the Past Councilors’ Association at Blue Hills Plantation yesterday.

The baseball attraction is Michelin vs. St. Mary’s of South River.


Correction: Yesterday it was transcribed as “Uatricks Corner” for the paper of the day. This has been corrected to read “Patrick’s Corner” to reflect the a much more realistic name and one which shows up in the record. The exact location is not known after some research on historic maps. However, newspapers of the day indicate that it may be in the vicinity of Fresh Ponds.


This Day in History: August 11th 1916

This Day in History: August 11th 1916

Sewer Contract Goes to Brunswick Firm


MILLTOWN, Aug. 11. There being but one bid for the sewer and water extension out Riva avenue, in order that the new Michelin houses might be connected the contract was awarded to the Utility Construction Company, of New Brunswick, at the meeting of Borough Council last night The successful bidders gave bonds in the amount of $8.400 for the faithful performance of their duties. The contract specified that but one payment shall be made at the completion and acceptance of the work.

Utility Man Resigns.

The resignation of Henry Rathcamp, who has served the borough as utility man for the past several years, was received at the council meeting last night, and in accordance with action taken, an advertisement for man to take his place appears in today’s issue of the Home News.

The matter of procuring oil for the purpose of settling the dust along the main street of the borough was again discussed and the street committee was directed to procure some kind of a substance as soon as possible. Chairman Kuthlthau, of the street committee reported that he had investigated the matter of combination road binder and dust layer produced by the Robbinson Process Co. Whether this or crude oil will be procured was left in the hands of the committee to decide.

Poor Sidewalk

A washout in the sidewalk of O. Lindstrom. of North Main Street, which caused a young lady to fall down recently, was reported to council, and the clerk was authorized to notify the owner to have same repaired.

Councilman Skewis, chairman of the police committee, reported that he had been requested by the Board of Health to put a special officer on the streets to see that the resolutions of the health committee are carried out in so far as prohibiting children under sixteen years from entering or leaving the town, to keep children at home and to perform such other duties as the Board of Health will require of them. It is proposed to have the special officer to board the trolley cars as they enter the town and make a search for children under the age limit and prevent them from alighting in the town.

The matter of daily visits in the borough by New York and Brooklyn children who are stopping near Patrick’s Corner, was reported. The matter will be taken care of by the special officer, who will be on the job this week.

The finance committee was authorized to purchase sixty-five meters still due on contract with the Pittsburgh Meter Co., together with 25 one-inch curb cocks and six frost bottoms for meters.

The application for plumbers’. scene and bond of Theodore Bluming, which was laid on the table some time ago, was taken up and refused, on the grounds that Mr. Bluming had no established place of business. Mr. Bluming desired to do some work in his own home at present and expected to start his business later on. The outside work has been completed by regularly licensed plumber, and the refusal of the application will not hinder him from doing the inside work in his own home, but it must be inspected by a licensed plumber of the borough.

A bond of the Michelin Tire Company for plumbing licenses was approved.

The clerk was Authorized to deliver to the engineer in charge of the new sewer and water construction work the bid of the Utility Construction Co. with the understanding the same would be returned for filing at the completion of the work

The finance committee was empowered to purchase an air compressor for the engine for use in connection with the sewer station at a cost of not more than $225.

The clerk was authorized to send a bill to the Pubic Service Railway Co., for $3,00, for water taken from a local hydrant to fill their tank car, and also to notify the Public Service that such practice will not be tolerated unless permission is granted by council.


This Day in History: August 10, 1911

This Day in History: August 10, 1911

MILLTOWN FIRE APPARATUS IS A SUCCESS

Test Last Night Shows That Motor Truck Will Do the Work – Other Borough News.


MILLTOWN, Aug. 10.-At 7.45 o’clock last evening the whistle of the Michelin Tire Company announced the time for the test of the new Fire apparatus. At 7.43 a pile of boxes, barrels and other inflammable material were set afire on the grounds belonging to the Richter Brothers, on the corner of Richter Avenue and Clay Street.

 In the meantime, the Mayor, four Councilmen, two firemen, two mechanics from Boyd Brothers, Philadelphia, and the Home News correspondent were at the Borough Hall, wandering about the premises. At the sound of the whistle all ran for the apparatus, the motor was started and the machine wailing down Main Street to Richter avenue, to the fire. The distance was made in three minutes and twenty seconds. The hose was quickly fastened to the tanks and the chemical stream was played upon the fire. In four minutes and fifty seconds after leaving the borough hall, the fire was practically extinguished.

The test was all that could be desired in showing the efficiency of the machine as a fire fighter. Previous to this the apparatus had been put through a running test, which proved satisfactory in every particular.

Mr. Zehn, of Boyd Brothers, directed the fire fighting last night with the aid of Foreman Henry Kuhlthau and assistant Foreman Aubrey Kuhlthau. The borough officials present expressed themselves as much pleased with the test.

“Billy” Killeen, a local fireman, who’s very active, did efficient work in putting out the blaze and was highly applauded. This called forth a speech and “Billy” gave his opinion that the apparatus was the best ever. After the test the local firemen were shows how to manipulate the chemical tanks and the motor.

Mayor Conrad Richter expressed in self as highly pleased with the apparatus.


Young People Draw the Crowd

The Young People’s Society of the German Reformed Church were having their annual supper in Milltown park last evening. As the grounds where the test was given adjoins the park, the large crowd proceeded to the picnic after the test and enjoyed of the society. Terry’s . orchestra, of New Brunswick, furnished fine music, while supper and refreshments were being sold. The affair was a great success.

Fred Gowen was one of the New Brunswick firemen who witnessed the test last, evening.

Mrs. R. M. Huesic, of Highland Park, was a guest of borough friends yesterday.


This Day in History: August 9th, 1916

This Day in History: August 9th, 1916

JOE AUER IS BOY HERO AT MILLTOWN

Charged With Swimming in Lawrence Brook, He Refuses to Give Names of Other Boy Swimmers


MILLTOWN AUG 9.- Joseph Auer, 15 years of age, of this place was arranged before Justice of the Peace Joseph Headley last night on a charge of swimming in Lawrence Brook, the New Brunswick Watershed. The boy was released with a reprimand after a bearing which created more than the usual attention among Milltown people. More than 200 Milltowners attended the bearing, and several, including Harry Meyers, the principal of the Milltown schools, appeared in the boy’s behalf. Auer graduated from the Milltown public school last June and was first honor pupil. The complaint against the youngster was made by Charles Joris superintendent of the New Brunswick Water Department, but there was not sufficient evidence on hand to secure a conviction.

On Monday night the Amer boy was found on the bank of Lawrence Brook with his clothes off by one of the watershed inspectors. In the opinion of the Justice who beard the case this was not sufficient evidence to prove the boy had been swimming in the brook. Accordingly, be was released with a reprimand.

 For one time it has been believed that Milltown youngsters have been swimming various parts of the watershed, which furnishes the drinking water in New Brunswick, and the inspectors have been vigilant. The complaint against Auer, it is believed was made in the hope that he would

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give the names of the boys who have been making habit of swimming in places against the orders of the City of New Brunswick “Squealing” on one another is detested by the boys, and Auer absolutely refused to give the names of any of the boys who have been Swimming in the brook He was willing to take the consequences himself rather than being freed of the charge if he would give the names of the boys in the minds of many Milltown boys, Joseph is a real hero.

Swimming in the Milltown pond is not an unheard-of occurrence, either I is said. It is not done openly. but some young men have made practice of falling out of Towboats into the cooling waters with all their clothes on. Many of these happenings are accidental. On Monday night a young lady of the borough was seen to suddenly fall out of towboat. Instead of being alarmed for her safety, she seemed to enjoy the splash, though – fully attired.


This Day in History: August 8th, 2022

This Day in History: August 8th, 2022

Milltown Favored With Visit From Noted Movie Queen

Again moving pictures have been taken along the Raritan River Railroad property at Milltown. Yesterday no less a movie star than Pearl White appeared in several scenes snapped at the Milltown depot.

BOUND BROOK TEAM TO PLAY MICHELIN SATURDAY MILLTOWN

Aug. 8. The baseball fans of Milltown and vicinity will be glad to know that the Michelin baseball team have scheduled for this Saturday what promises to be another good contest. A representative team of Bound Brook will be the opponents. This same aggregation defeated Michelin at Milltown early In the season, and that the locals will be out to get revenge there is no doubt, as thus far they have evened up with every team they have had a chance to play the second time.

The Bound Brook aggregation have a reputation from their past performances here, and there is no need of explanation as to their ability as ball players.

Milltown too will put out as strong a line-up as possible, and a batte roya can be looked forward to.

HOME DEFENSE LEAGUE POSTPONES MEETING

MILLTOWN, Aug. 8. There was a small representation to turn out to the meeting of the Milltown Home Defense League, which was called by Mayor Charles Baurles to be held at the Borough Hall last evening, and as a result the meeting was not called to order until some time when a larger body can be present.

There are several matters of Importance to the community to be decided, and It has therefore been ordered by the Chief Executive to send out a special post card notice to each individual member of the league to be present at a meeting which has been called for Tuesday evening of next week, at the Borough Hall Milltown.


MILLTOWN, Aug. 8. There will be a special meeting of the Eureka Fire Co., No. — , at their rooms on Thursday night, at 8 o’clock. Every member is urged to be present, as there is important business to be transacted and the presence of all is necessary,

Mr. Rosenthal, the owner of the Russell Playing Card Co., who resides in New York, visited the factory Tuesday afternoon with several friends from New York.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Citizens’ Building and Loan Association will be held at their offices in the First National Bank of Milltown on Tuesday evening, August 1, 1917, at eight o’- clock 1 for the purpose of electing five directors for a term of three years and transact such other business as may be necessary.

CHAS. C. RICHTER,

Secretary.


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This Day in History: August 7, 1913

This Day in History: August 7, 1913

Sayreville Man Hit by a Motorcyclist at Milltown


MILLTOWN, Aug. 1-Yesterday morning when Hans Popp and his assistant painters, who are at present engaged in painting the Borough Hall in Milltown, were alighting the trolley car near Fresh Ponds Road, when one of the assistants, a young man from Sayreville, was struck by a motorcycle and somewhat bruised about the incident.

Just about the time the painters alighted the car a wagon was bound up the street and a motorcycle was bound down, which together with the trolley car, bound for New Brunswick, caused a constipated state of affairs in which the passenger became entangled. The motorcyclist was obliged to return of his machine was somewhat damaged. The wounds of the passenger were taken care of by his friends.