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 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.  


This Day in History: August 5th, 1911

This Day in History: August 5th, 1911

THIS IS MILLTOIWN’S BIG DAY

Parade, Picnic and Fireworks Will Help Celebrate the Arrival of Borough’s First Fire Apparatus- Boy Badly Burned.


MILLTOWN, Aug. 5. The day of great import to Milltown history has at last arrived and every resident from the ages of 5 to 90 will do honor to the firemen who take charge of the day.

Homes and public buildings are prettily decorated with the red, white and blue and the air of the town is one of gaiety. The borough hall is covered with flags and bunting and is a fit home for the borough first fire apparatus.

Picnic at Milltown Park.

The big picnic, which is staged at Milltown Park, begins at 3 o’clock, when Sheridan’s full orchestra plays for all who care to dance. On the adjoining grounds the Crescent A. C. are battling for supremacy over Spotswood and slump or no slump a Milltown team cannot lose today.

Parade Begins at 1 O’clock.

At 1 o’clock the firemen will meet at the borough hall to form the line parade. The line will be lead by the borough’s stalwart marshals followed by the Milltown Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps, which will reel off the tunes as never before. Then will come the Mayor, Council, and other borough officials In automobiles. Following these there will be the firemen and visiting firemen and last but not least the new apparatus which will be the cynosure of ail eyes.

Line of March.

The line of march will be from the Borough Hall on Main street to Church street, to Clay street, to Ford avenue, to Main street, to Booraem avenue, countermarch to Riva avenue, Riva avenue to grove.

When darkness has sufficiently covered the town a brilliant display of fireworks will be given at the grove. Great preparations have been made to accommodate the large crowd.

Mayor Richters’ Day.

This will be a great day for Mayor Conrad Richter, who has been the instrument in organizing a fire department and whose vigor has finally obtained fire protection for the borough. This is his day too.

Boy Badly Burned.

The four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lee, met with a painful accident last night at his home on Clay street. While passing a kerosene light on a table, his clothes caught on the table cover upsetting the lamp. In a twinkling he was In flames. His father was standing near and managed to quickly beat out the flames, but not before the son was badly burned,

The boy was removed to the hospital where it was said that he was in a critical condition. The damage to the room was slight.

Mrs. William G. Evans, Miss Pearl Evans, and Russell Evans have returned from a visit to Long Island.

Miss Alma Kuhlthau has returned from Troy, N. Y., where she has been entertained by friends.

Mrs. Charles Sevenhair returned home last evening after a visit with Mrs. Henry Dorn at Avon.

Dr. N. N. Forney has purchased a Reo touring car.

Mrs. S. E. Stelle, Miss May Evans Miss Mildred Stelle and Clarkson Stelle were Asbury Park visitors on Friday.

Miss Florence Snediker starts tomorrow for a visit with friends in New Haven.


This Day in History: August 3rd, 1911

This Day in History: August 3rd, 1911

FIRE APPARATUS FOR MILLTOWN

Will Be Exhibited at Fireman’s Picnic on August 5


MILLTOWN. Aug. 3. At 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon the new fire apparatus recently purchased by the borough from Boyd Brothers, of Philadelphia, for $4,100 arrived in the borough. On the truck was a chauffeur and representative of the firm and Mayor Conrad Richter, who, being anxious for fire protection in the borough, did much in bringing about the purchase of the truck.

The apparatus certainly made a fine appearance as it came through the borough yesterday. The body of the truck is red with yellow trimmings and on the front in large letters is the name of Milltown’s first fire company. On the truck are two chemical tanks, several feet of hose, extension ladders and hooks, which make a complete outfit.

The truck is propelled by motor power and is capable of making from 20 to 25 miles an hour. The body is set upon an autocar chassis. It is equipped with solid rubber tires.

The apparatus will be on exhibition on Saturday, August 5, when the firemen will hold their first grand picnic at Milltown Park. The day promises to be one of the greatest days of celebration in the history of the borough. The dancing will begin at the park at 3 p. m. and will continue until midnight. At 7 p. m. the officials of the borough. In automobiles, and the firemen will form a parade, preceded by the Milltown Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps. The line of march has not as yet been determined, but will include the principal streets of the borough.

But this- – pageant is not all. After dark there will be a grand display of fireworks at the park, which will attract many.

Saturday will be almost a holiday in the borough. It is thought that business places will close in the early afternoon in honor of the firemen. Houses will be gayly decorated with flags and bunting.

Complimentary tickets have been sent to the fire companies of New Brunswick and a record-breaking crowd is expected.


This Day in History: May 20th, 1911

This Day in History: May 20th, 1911

WILL PAY $4,100 FOR FIRE TRUCK

MILLTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL AWARDS CONTRACT TO JAMES BOYD & BROTHERS, OF PHILADELPHIA THE RESOLUTION PASSES BY 4– 1 VOTE.


MILLTOWN, May 20 – The borough will pay $4,100 for a motor fire truck. It was resolved at an adjourned Council meeting last evening. The resolution to purchase the truck from Boyd Brothers, of Philadelphia, was introduced by Councilman George Crabiel, a member of the fire committee. When the call came for ayes and nays the vote was as follows:

Ayes, Councilmen Baurles, Kulthau, Morris, Crabiel.

Nays, Councilman Rappleyea.

Councilman Miller was absent.

The Mayor accompanied by council members last Wednesday were the guests of the Boyd Brothers and were allowed the privilege of going through the factory. A demonstration was given and it is said it proved highly satisfactory to the members on the scene.

Ordinance for Franchise Passed

An ordinance was introduced to give the New York Telephone Company the rights and privileges of operating and repairing their lines on all streets and thoroughfares of the borough.

Among the conditions named in the ordinance, were that two telephones were to be given free to the borough and that one telephone would be added for every fifty subscribers received after the one hundred mark was reached; that the company shall erect no poles in front of a property without the property owner’s permission; that the company shall trim no trees without the property owners permission; that the borough could use the poles of the company for its electricity light wires. The ordinance was unanimously passed on its first and second readings.

…the company shall trim no trees without the property owners permission; that the borough could use the poles of the company for its electricity light wires.

Robert A. Harkins is ill

For the first time in many years, Borough Clerk Robert A. Harkins, was unable to be in his chair last evening. The clerk sent word that he was too ill to be present.


Original Apparatus - this is what the Milltown Fire Department used to fight fires back in 1911. The 2-cylinder auto car was sold around 1931.
Original Apparatus – this is what the Milltown Fire Department used to fight fires back in 1911. The 2-cylinder auto car was sold around 1931.