This Day in History: November 13th, 1908

This Day in History: November 13th, 1908




The Milltown Borough Council last night passed resolutions directing that stores in the borough be closed all day Sunday. The only exception is that barbers may shave their customers up to noon on the Sabbath.

It was declared at the meeting, however, that some of the barbers have been having pool games in their places on Sunday. The action of the council specifically orders that this be ceased. As it stands now, nothing but a shave can be purchased in Milltown on the Sabbath.

The council also considered the matter of having marshals patrol Milltown day and night and to this end appointed two new marshals, John Neidlinger and Henry Dupress.

Borough Council Frederick Weigel rendered an opinion concerning the Mayoralty vacancy caused by the death of Joseph Crabiel. He held that the borough council has a right to fill such vacancy. A special meeting of the council will be held next week to select a Mayor. The present acting Mayor is Spencer Perry, president of the council.

A number of bills were ordered paid last night. All the members were present.

This Day in History: November 12th, 1923

This Day in History: November 12th, 1923


Milltown Man, at Present Process Server, Gets Promotion.


Sheriff-elect Fred Gowen announced this morning that he had decided to appoint William S. Hannah of Milltown, process server in the sheriff’s office for the last three years, as under-sheriff. The appointment was decided upon at a conference of Mr. Gowen, the freeholders, and assemblymen, Senator Larson, State Committeeman Frederick C. Schneider, County Treasurer Hilker, and County Solicitor Richardson Saturday evening in the County Records Building.

Mr. Gowen frankly laid his cards on the table, stating that the only applicants for the position were Edward J. Peterson of Perth Amboy and William S. Hannah of Milltown. The conference decided that the selection should be left to Mr. Gowen, and he chose the man who has been associated with him in the office under the administration of Sheriff Wyckoff. Mr. Gowen pointed out that his slogan in the campaign had been the phrase “Efficient service deserves promotion,” and stated that he knew Mr. Hannah to be efficient from personal observation.

Furthermore, the appointment of Mr. Hannah was warmly urged from Milltown and that section of the county, and it seemed only fitting that the southern part of the county, which rolled up such pronounced majorities for the Republican candidates, should receive recognition.

Mr. Gowen and Mr. Hannah are to be sworn in at noon tomorrow by County Judge John P. Kirkpatrick in the county clerk’s office, according to present plans. Their terms of office begin at midnight tomorrow. Charles E. Blue, who has been warden of the jail for the last year and a half, is to continue as warden, and Mrs. Blue is to be matron. They are to occupy the rooms which Sheriff and Mrs. Wyckoff have occupied. Mr. Gowen will continue his residence in Highland Park. The appointment of Mr. Blue is also in accord with Mr. Gowen’s theory that efficient service deserves promotion.

There will be no change in the personnel of the sheriff’s force at present. Later, however, it is expected that there will be some changes among the employees in the fall.

This Day in History: November 11th, 1921

This Day in History: November 11th, 1921


Steve Bagonye Held Up and Robbed Near His Home Last Evening Hunt Underway For South River Men Who Are Suspected of Crime.

MILLTOWN, Nov. 11 – The Milltown police authorities, working in conjunction with the South River police, are endeavoring today to effect the arrest of two men, believed to be South River residents, who are wanted on a charge of having held up and robbed Steve Bagonye of Washington Avenue, this place. The victim is about fifty-five years of age and is the father of Dr. Eugene Bagonye, pastor of the First Spiritualist Church of Milltown.

Mr. Bagonye is employed at the Michelin tire plant and was on his way home about 5:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon when he was stopped at a point on Washington Avenue, near his home, by a stranger who asked for the courtesy of a match. As Mr. Bagonye came to a stop, another man sprang from some nearby bushes and placed his hand over the Milltown man’s mouth, his companion going through his pockets at the same time. The thieves got Mr. Bagonye’s pay envelope, containing $22, his penknife, and a bunch of keys.

Freeing himself, Mr. Bagonye screamed for help, whereupon the strangers knocked him down and one stamped upon his neck, while the other jumped on the ribs of the fallen man. After administering a thorough beating to him, the men ran away, leaving their victim nearly unconscious along the roadway. He was found in this condition a little later by a neighbor, who happened along and was assisted to his home.

This morning Mr. Bagonye had recovered sufficiently to give a fairly accurate description of his assailants and neighbors said they knew one of the men to be a resident of Washington Heights, South River. This information was conveyed to Chairman Dorn of the Milltown police committee, who summoned Marshals Beecher and Lins, and all three officials left at once for South River, where they enlisted the aid of Police Chief Ebberwein of that place.

Early this afternoon, a hunt for the South River man, believed to be one of Mr. Bagonye’s assailants, was underway, but with what success is not known.

This Day History: November 10th, 1918

This Day History: November 10th, 1918

Milltown Boys On Firing Line Down Near Verdun

In the last issue of The Sunday Times a letter was published from Private George Warnsdorfer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Warnsdorfer, of Milltown, in which he told of his experiences on the firing line down near Metz. The American since then have approached nearer this fortress which General Pershing has declared they will take if it takes their last man to win, In the picture is another Milltown boy, Al Webber.

Canvassers for United War Work Campaign

MILLTOWN, Nov. 9.-There will be a meeting of the canvassers for the United War Work Campaign in the National Bank Building on Monday night at 8 o’clock. meeting will be for the purpose of giving final instructions and dis- tributing material to the workers so that they can start out immediately if they so desire to canvass their territory.

The raising of $5,000 in Milltown for the seven affiliated relief organizations of the war is the greatest task that has been set for the borough yet. It is a big sum to raise but the town cannot fail now when everything requires that a splendid showing be made at home. Let us all put the joy and the exultation of the peace celebration into practical dollars so that the work which makes the boys in the army happy may be carried on. canvas-

The following are the canvassers:

District No. 1 – Miss Dora Harkins, captain; Miss Stella Booraem, Miss Fanny Canter, Jos. Crabiel, Albert W. Moore.

District No. 2 – Miss Mamie Glock, captain: Miss Katherine Snedeker. Miss Mabel Stephenson, Wilbur Kuhlthau.

District No. 3 – Mrs. John W. Stull, captain; Mrs. Chas. V. L. Booraem, Chas. V. L. Booraem.

District No. 4 – Miss Anna Hofer, captain; Miss Elizabeth Patterson. Miss Lillie Huff, J. F. D. Heiniken.

District No. 5 – Mrs. Chas. B. Crabiel, chairman: Mrs. Wm. DeHart, Miss Gertrude Kuhlthau, Mrs. Chris.) Kuhlthau, Jr., Jacob S. DeHart.

District No. 6 – Mrsr. Christian Kuhlthau, Miss Mildred Stelle, Mrs. N. N. Forney, Lester Snedeker.

District No. 7 – Miss Anna E. Kuhlthau, chairman; Miss Mena Lins, Milton Brindle, Howard Booraem.

District No. 8 – Miss Bertha Snedeker, captain; Miss Susan Crabiel,, Harold Schlosser.

District No. 9 – Gilbert Gili, chair- man; A. L. Kuhlthau, Chris. Kuhlthau, Jr.

District No. 10 – D. Bardin, chair-t man; Wm. C. Kuhlthau.

District No. 11 – Miss Mabel Snedeker, chairman; Miss Elsie Crabiel, Howard DeHart.

District No. 13 – Mrs. Walter R. Smith, chairman; Miss Katherine. Walter R. Heil, Miss E. Kuhlthau, Smith, John Hunker.

District No. 14 – Mrs. Harold V. Kuhlthau, chairman; Miss Kathryn Hoelzer, Mrs. John Dora, Harold V. Kuhlthau.

District No. 15 – Rev. W. F. Barney, Miss Mena Lins, Miss Sadie Heinz.

District No. 16 – Mrs. R. B. Shep- pard, Miss Mary Kuhlthau, R. B. Sheppard. Mrs. Eimer

District No. 17 – Sayre, Miss Mary Schlacter, Mat- thew McQuinn.

District No. 18 – Miss Mae Kuhlthau, captain; Charles B. Crabiel. German Reformed Church-Mar- tin Miller.

Methodist Episcopal Church- Oward DeHart.

Russell Playing Card Co.-W. C. Horner, Robert Matlack, G. 1. Glines.

Red Men’s Association. John Klotzbach.

Jr. O. U. A. M.-Fred W. DeVoe.

Sr. O. U. A M.-Jas. Slover. Firemen Edw. Emmens.

German Society-Geo. Kuhlthau. Daughters of Liberty-Mrs. S. L. Rappleyea.

Red Feather Council-Mrs. Harriet C. Glock.


MILLTOWN, Nov. 9.-The many friends of Miss Josie Madden, who formerly resided on Church street, will be sorry to hear she is seriously ill with the influenza.

Herbert Keller, of Philadelphia, recently visited his brother here.

Miss Mary Roberts has been visiting friends at Trenton.

Mrs. Josph Green of Patrick’s Corner, visited her sister, Mrs. Yens Nel- son, on Thursday.

Mrs. Willard Wilson and son Willard, Jr., and mother-in-law, were the guests of Mrs. Peter Zenewich of School street.

Warren A. Roe, formerly principal of the public school, but now in Newark, was a visitor in town on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Keller are entertaining the latter’s sister. Miss Ethel Keller, for a few days. Miss Keller is a trained nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia, but expects to enter the U. S. A. service.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Valentine of Clay street, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. James Beatty, of Newark.

J. F. D. Heineken, supervising principal of East Brunswick, presided at the Teachers’ Professional meeting held at Sumner Hill on Friday.

Many Milltown residents attended the Catholic Mission at St. John’s Church, New Brunswick.

Casper Smith of Middletown, Conn., attended the funeral of his mother-in- law, Mrs. Mary Graulich.

Milltown is having lightless nights for part of the time, generally from 6 until 7 o’clock, a rather inappropriate time as the most people travel at that time and many are inconvenienced.

This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

Democrats Elect One Milltown Councilman

MILLTOWN, Nov. – The G.O.P. made a clean sweep in Milltown as far as National, State, and County offices are concerned, but when it came to the local election, there was a difference of opinion. William R. Evans, Republican, was returned to council by the large vote of 266, showing the people still have confidence in the good work he has already accomplished and has underway, but his running mate, C. W. Waddington, fell by the wayside with a vote of 128, running considerably behind his ticket. Joseph M. Crabiel, son of the late Mayor Joseph M. Crabiel of this place, the strongest candidate the Democrats have put in the field for some time, was honored with 212 votes which safely elected him by a majority of 82 votes over Waddington. Gilbert Gill, however, Crabiel’s running mate, received but 108 votes.

Both Evans and Crabiel are straightforward and upright young men of the borough, and the populace has every confidence that they will receive good and wise legislation from them.

Returns Attract Large Number The Milltown Republicans engaged the upper floor in Red Men’s Building and installed a telegraph instrument for the purpose of receiving returns. The results as they came in were also given to the public from the balcony, which created a great deal of interest. There were about a hundred or more in the building to receive the returns while several hundred gathered out in the street and remained until a late hour, eagerly awaiting some definite results.

Ladies, too, were as much interested as the men in the outcome of the election, and they have already made a request that provisions be made for them should it ever be attempted to receive returns in a like manner in the future.

This is the first time that Milltown has had the pleasure of receiving returns directly, and it was certainly appreciated by many. Thanks to the Republican Committee for their generosity.

There were 401 votes cast in the Borough of Milltown, which is the largest vote ever polled in this district, and as a result, there is every indication that another polling place will be required before another election comes around as the total number registered here at the present time is approximately 450.

Democratic Banner Missing After Election

MILLTOWN, Nov. 3 – The Wilson-Marshall banner, which floated near the Borough Hall in Milltown, was among the missing yesterday morning. It is claimed that the disappearance of the same is evidently the handiwork of some of the Republican enthusiasts who paraded through the borough at 2 a.m., headed by a fife and drum corps, shouting their joys for the belief they had attained from reports that Hughes had safely 276 electoral votes.

It has been said that torches had been prepared for the destruction of the banner, but there were men in the mob who observed the emblem of Old Glory, and their patriotism prevented the termination of their purpose.

The act, however, was not taken in a spirit of jocularity by the Democratic County Committeeman of the borough, and Mr. Spencer Perry, who acts in that capacity, declared last night that he was highly indignant over the affair and was ready to take steps toward prosecution of those implicated in what he claims to be a disgrace to the borough of Milltown.

In a personal interview with the Home News reporter last night, Mr. Perry conceded that the act was not one originating with the Republican party in general and that many prominent men of Republican faith expressed their regrets at the outcome.

He further remarked that apologies from those directly implicated in the affair made to him as committeeman of the borough would tend to set things right, or otherwise, action would be taken.

This Day in History: November 8th, 1905

This Day in History: November 8th, 1905


The borough of Milltown went Republican, electing Roslyn M. Heustis Mayor over Joseph M. Crablel, by a majority, of five. Berthold Christ and Henry Dorn, Rep., were elected councilmen for three years over Charles Sevenhair and Frederick Cantor and Henry E. Lins, Rep., defeated Howard J. Bright, Dem., as councilman for two years. George C. Lins, Rep., defeated Charles Weyd, Dem., as nominee for commissioner of appeals.