This Day in History: March 21st, 1907

This Day in History: March 21st, 1907

Michelin tire Promotional Postcard 1910


Famous French Concern, the Michelin, Buys Out the International and Will Enlarge the Plant- Millions Behind the New Industry.

Little Milltown is to have the biggest boom in its history.

The celebrated Michelin Tire Co. has bought the entire plant of the International Tire Co. there and will turn the factory over to the manufacture of its own tires. In addition to this, it has plans already drawn for another factory to join the present structure. They will begin the manufacture of the Michelin tires next September. Work on the new factory building, however, will be started before then,

Ever since the Home News printed the fact that a $1000,000 company was incorporated in Trenton last week by the Michelin concern, mentioning Milltown as its New Jersey office and J. C. Matlack as the agent in charge, there have been rumors about the deal. These rumors it was not possible to confirm at Milltown, for little was known there.

The Home News succeeded today, however. In locating the general manager of the Michelin Tire Co. in New York and he informed us positively that his concern had bought the Milltown factory and would Improve and enlarge the plant. He said, further, that they expected at the outset to turn out 300 tires a day and Increase it as fast as they could get help He said also, that everybody employed by the International now who knew his business would be retained, but could say nothing now about the executive branches of the factory.

It is understood that the Michelin concern paid a handsome price to the International for its property. It is also believed that the present hands of the departments at Milltown will remain under the new concern.

The Michelin tire is the most famous automobile tire in the world, being at French patented article. The tire is Imported Into this country in great quantities and the import duty amounts to a considerable amount.

It Is High Class and Expensive. The French company has long desired n branch plant in this country where they can make the patented tire and save the Import duty. They fixed upon Mil- town as the proper site for their plant. The French plant of the Michelin company is located at Lyons, France.

This Day in History: March 20th, 1903

This Day in History: March 20th, 1903

Well Known Milltown Man Passes Away-Other Milltown News.

MILLTOWN, March 20- A. Freeman Ayres, aged 55 years, who for a number of years was a citizen of this place, died at his late residence on Main street, about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. He was a sufferer for a number of months of a complication of diseases. A daughter, Miss Lillie Ayres, survives him, also an aged mother, Mrs. Rachel Ayres, two sisters, Mis. William Crenning and Mrs. John Wines, and four grandchildren. The funeral will take place at his late residence on Main street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

The interment will be in Van Liew Cemetery.


Thomas Lloyd, who was confined to his home with grip, is able to be about again.

Alvin Nevins is suffering with a swollen hand as the result of being bitten. by a dog last week.

Lenten services were held in the German Lutheran Church last evening. The meeting was well attended.

Philip Bourdeau, who occupied the Red Men’s house, on Main street, has vacated it and gone to his former home Newton Falls, Mass.

A social gathering was held at the home of Miss Mary Klein last evening.

Wickatonk Tribe, No. 135, Imp. Order of Red Med, will meet at their rooms on Ford avenue, this evening.

The marble works of ex-Mayor Rappleyea is in a very prosperous condition. He has recently placed a number of headstones in South River.

Mrs. George Detzler and daughter have returned after a very pleasant visit at Camden.

This Day in History: March 13th, 1914

This Day in History: March 13th, 1914

Council Puts Ban on Intoxicants Being Sold At Picnic Groves Here

MILLTOWN March 13.-The Borough Council convened in regular session at the Borough Hall last night. Mayor William Kuhlthau, Jr., Clerk R. A. Harkins, Councilman Henry Kuhlthau, Albert Skewis, C. H. Crenning, William R. Evans, B. Miller and Charles Bauries answered. the roll call.

The minutes of the last meeting and the adjourned meeting were read and approved.

Councilman Skewis made a motion to the effect that there shall be no intoxicating liquor sold at either of the picnic groves during the coming season, which was seconded by Councilman Kuhlthau and unanimously carried by the Council.

Councilman Skewis said that he had been spoken to by a number of parties regarding the trouble at the picnic groves, particularly last year, and all because of the selling of liquor It has been a menace to the public for a long while, said the Councilman, as far as that particular part of the town is concerned, and if more people lived up that way there would be more of a general kick.

Councilman Evans said that people who did not live up that way can hardly appreciate what a disturbance is caused by the picnics held there at which liquor is sold, and he believes the owners also appreciate the situation and will cooperate with the officials of the borough in order to keep peace in the borough.

Minimum Light Rate of $1 Per Month

The rules as submitted by the Light Committee, which provide that the minimum rate for electric current shall be $1 per month or $12 per year, were approved and 300 copies ordered printed for distribution among the light customers. By recent action of the Counsel all meters to be installed in the future and any meters to be installed in place of those that may be defective will be owned by the borough.

Filing of Affidavits.

Prior to the introduction of the resolutions by Councilman Kuhlthau there was filed with the Borough Clerk affidavits to the effect that the notice of intention or the Installation of a water system had been published according to law, and also affidavits to the effect that no remonstrances had been filed with the Borough Clerk within sixty days protesting against the installation of either of the above.

In regard to the $12,500 which the city of New Brunswick agreed to pay to the borough of Milltown toward the construction of sewer and water systems, Attorney Weigel said that according to law they have no right to pay this amount to Milltown, but that on last Wednesday night a bill was introduced Into the Legislature making the necessary provisions for this action. The Milltown Commission had provided in its aggregate that this amount shall be paid when the work starts, but the New Burnswick Commission had made no mention as to when the amount would be paid. He said that a meeting of the two commissions would soon clear up the matter and that he would keep pushing the bill until it became a law.

The chairman of the Light Committee, Charles Bauries, reported that all the transformers have now been changed to a 110-volt circuit and that the electric light line, which was somewhat damaged by the recent storm, has been put in thorough working order by Electrician Roth

The chairman of the Street Committee reported progress as usual. The snow is gradually melting away, says he.

The question of advertising for a special election to decide for or against the construction of a sewer and water system was not definitely decided at the Council meeting last night, as originally intended, for the reason that the Council had not passed resolutions declaring the amount necessary to be raised by general taxation for this purpose.

Councilman Kuhlthau presented resolutions which confirm the recommendations of the Water Commission and declare that $45,000 is necessary to be raised for water and $57,500 for sewers and also declare that the Council will proceed to advertise for sewer and water systems.

Following this action it will be necessary for ten days or more to elapse before the Council can advertise for a special election, which step will be taken at an adjourned meeting, which is to be held on March 26, and then the election will not be held until thirty days from the date of the first publication of notice for such election.

License Your Dog.

A resolution as introduced by Councilman Skewis regarding the licensing of dogs was unanimously adopted, the same to be effective March 26. The resolution provides that every dog shall have a collar and a tag with the name of the owner and registry number, and if any stray canines are captured by the officers or dog catchers they will be destroyed within twenty-four hours providing the owner does not appear before the officers and pay a fee of $2.50 and besides $1 for the registering of such stray canine. The officers authorized to act in the capacity of dog catchers are George Lins. Joseph Rupprecht and Charles Foerter.

Bills Paid.

The following bills were ordered


C. D. Reese………………………….                  $3.00

C. V. L. Booream, postmaster.                16.24

New Brunswick Times……………                3.60

Public Service Electric Co……….            85

Public Service Electric Co……..               316.80

Henry A Christ…………………….                 79.50

W. S. Roth…………………………..               121.90

Ellis Van Hise…………………………….              4.00

John Christ, steward………………..           10.00

James Boyd & Bros…………………..          18.92

John Lins, Overseer of Poor,

board Frank Bold…………..             12.00

Clarence Hines, repairing har-

Ness……………………………………………      2.65

Oscar Harkins, jail……………………..           14.15

Joseph F Rupprecht……………………….         5.00

On motion, the meeting was adjourned to March 26, at which time. the matter of advertising for a special election will be taken up.

The Collector’s report for the month of February follows:

Balance……………………….                 $5,445.49

Rent, Bldg. Loan Assn………………              12.00

Delinquent tax………………………..              16.52

Interest………………………………….              1.02

Delinquent taxes……………………….              1.50

Lights…………………………………………               288.00

$5.761 53


Public Service Electric Co.                             $396.00

Public Service Electric Co.                             5.45

Public Service Electric Co.                             1.10

W. S. Roth……………………                            32.50

Home News………………………                         89.42

Times Publishing Co…………                        91.50

Alb. Sevenhair…………………..                         13.50

Middlesex County………………                       117.15

E. T. Barnum, jall………………..                     98.75

H. Rathcamp………………………                    54.00

Board of Health…………………..                   43.20

John Lins……………………………..                 24.00

Ingran Richardson Mfg. Co……..                  23.00

Incidentals………………………………                  86.66


Balance…………………………………..                  4,688.30


Young People on Sleigh Ride.

Among those that enjoyed a delightful sleighing party to Spotswood last night were Messrs. Edw. Brown, Clifford Schlosser, William Lins, Henry Hartlander and Herbert Shafer, Misses Gussie Van Arsdale, Gertrude Schmidt, Gertrude Barney, Inda Fund and Mabel Miller.

The party stopped at Vleet’s Hotel, where they enjojyed a luscious repast ere they started on their homeward journey. Garret Funk drove and brought the party safely home in the early hours of the morning.

Fred Finn visited his nephew, Johnny Dundee, the lightweight champion, in New York yesterday. Herman Banker, of New Brunswick, was in the borough yesterday and bid his friends farewell are he departed for Akron, Ohio, where he will be employed in the rubber shoe factory.

At a meeting of the entertainment committee of the Crescent Club held Iast evening final arrangements were made for ladies’ night in Red Men’s building next Wednesday evening. One of the most interesting features of the program will be an entertainment by the Knickerbocker Quartet, of New York, assisted by Dudley Prescott, besides there will be music by Cortelyou’s orchestra, of New Brunswick. Dancing will be enjoyed. and various other pastimes will be provided.

Invitations have been extended to all the members, the Girls’ Crescent Club, the K. K. K., businessmen of the borough and each member is privileged to bring a friend or friends. The affair will far eclipse anything of its kind ever given by the club.

The Tamakwa Camp Fire Girls entertained at the home of Miss Emma Kaiser last evening, at which time a ceremonial meeting was held.

The girls displayed their charitableness last night, when prior to their meeting they visited “Aunt Kate” Rappleyea, of Riva avenue and presented her with many useful gifts.

The Dorcas Sewing Circle met at the German Reformed Church last evening.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union held its regular meeting at the Methodist parsonage last. night.

Mrs. Isaac Terry and Mrs. Jonn Terry, of New Brunswick, visited relatives in the borough Wednesday.

This Day in History: January 30th, 1911

This Day in History: January 30th, 1911


New Brunswick Men Smash Windows and Heads and Defy the Entire Borough – Sent to Jail By Justice Headley.

MILLTOWN, Jan. 30.-A lively time was the result of a marathon race from New Brunswick to South River on Saturday night. Fred Stubblefeld, Harry Catheart, and Frank McCormick, of New Brunswick, after completing this distance in no-record time, decided to give Milltown the advantages of their presence on the return trip.

They had probably learned that the town supported no cops and as a result determined to paint the town red. Several hotels were visited and the men gradually warmed up to their duty. The windows of “Hotel Marguerite” disappeared from the sashes and this started the ball rolling.

An Innocent Frenchman, who made the startling discovery that he had musical ability, attempted a song and was immediately knocked unconscious by Stubblefeld.


Some one had notified Mayor Richter and Marshal Lins, and they appeared on the scene to keep the peace The Mayor expostulated with them for some time, and when the car came, bound for New Brunswick, the trio attempted to board it.

The presence of a dog, belonging to Engine Company No. 4, who had made the run with the men, was a drawback to the trip at that time. Conductor Dunlap refused to allow the dog on the car, at which one of the men made a pass at the conductor which was blocked by Jacob DeHart They were thrown off the car and Mayor Richter ordered their arrest.


Mayor Richter and Marshal Lins conducted the noisy trio to the office of Joseph A. Headley, justice of the peace. The Mayor made a complaint against them for disorderly conduct and the Justice, after hearing sides, imposed a fine of $10 or 5 days in the county jail on Stubblefeld and McCormick and a fine of $5 or 5 days in jail on Cathcart. The trio could not pay the fines and w committed to jail.

While drawing up the necessary papers McCormick and Stubble began to wreak their vengeance on Jacob DeHart, who was a witness of threats. Another charge was made by Jacob DeHart and John Richter who acted as witnesses. The result was ? days more for these two men.

Marshal Joseph Rupprecht was called and he linked McCormick and Cathcart together. Marshal Lins took care of Stubblefeld and the trip to New Brunswick was made. The dog was forced to follow the car

It is understood that a friend of the arrested men called on Mayor Richter yesterday morning and try to secure their release, but without success.

The people are asking today “Shall it be a borough fire department or a borough lockup?”


MILLTOWN, Jan. 30-John H. Kuhlthau then passed away yesterday afternoon at 5.30 at the age of 54 years at his residence on North Main street, an illness extending for over two weeks. In this death the borough loses a respected citizen, who at all times was interested in the progress of the borough and took an active part in public affairs, serving as clerk of the school board for several years. He was lately interested in tile concrete blocks and the reinforced concrete business.

His genial nature earned him many friends, who will mirth his death. He is survived by his wife, and one daughter Mary, and one son Wilbur. His mother Mrs. Stella Kuhlthau, also survives him as well as one brother, Conrad, W. and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Kohlepp Mrs. Charles Snedeker.

Mr. Kuhlthau was recently reelected secretary of the Van Liew Cemetery association, a position he had held for a  number of years. He was also a member of the Milltown Kranken Heilfs Verein, also Wickatunk Tribe, Independent Order of Red Men, No. 135, and Charles L. Walters Council, No. 178, Jr. O. U. A. M.,


Jan. 30.-A large congregation listened to the special music rendered by the choir of the German Reformed Church last evening. The vocal solos, duets, trios and choruses were much appreciated. George Christ, the organist, rendered several fine solos.

Rev. W. F. Barny, pastor of the church, made a few remarks relating to the history of the German and English hymns.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Richter, Trenton, were borough visitors on Sunday.

The Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the M. E. Church will meet at the home of Mrs. Mary A Evans to-night.


Steve Botcher, of Milltown, Out for “Good Time,” is Relieved of $104 in Burnet Street Alley-Small Fortune Soon Gone.

Steve Botcher, of Milltown, is down to his last cent today, Saturday he had a roll of money amounting to $110, which he had accumulated through hard work during the last month, Saturday he det decided to come to this city [New Brunswick] for a good time.

Late Saturday night he got in tow with two colored women on Burnet street. The women lured him into a dark alley, and during the conversation between them Botcher’s pocket was piled of the $104. After securing the money the women ran down the street and escaped.

Now Botcher wishes he hadn’t decided to have a good time,

This Day in History: January 27th, 1919

This Day in History: January 27th, 1919


The concrete arch dam for the city water supply has been completed and is now ready to be put into service so the supply of stored water will be largely increased. The dam is located six hundred feet above the old dam and is built in the form of an arch spanning the mill pond from bank to bank. The spillway of the new dam is two hundred feet in length which is forty-six feet longer than the spillway of the old dam. The new dam will raise the water behind it four and a half feet higher than the previous level of the pond and will back the water as far as the dam at Milltown. The water in the new pond will overflow forty acres in addition to the area now covered. most of which is located between. Ryder’s Lane and Milltown. The amount of water which was available in the old pond which could be drawn to a depth of five feet below the dam was 87 million gallons. The new dam will add 146 million gallons to the capacity of the pond so there will be an available storage in the Weston’s Mill pond of 233 million. gallons.

The dam is built in the form of an arch. This form where the site is suitable makes it possible to build a dam with greater strength with much. less material than the form of dam which depends on the weight of the structure only to resist the water pressure. The older type of dam usually has a factor of safety of two while the arch dam which has been constructed has a factor of safety of ten. An unusual feature of the dam was that it was constructed in the water of the pond which was over eighteen feet deep and which could not be drained on account of having to maintain the city water supply during the construction of the dam. The construction under these difficult conditions was carried on by building the dam in twenty-five sections which were surrounded by a tight cofferdam of steel sheet piling.

Concrete Poured in Movable Forms.

After pumping out the cofferdam the concrete was poured in movable forms which were used for the whole. structure.

The dam has a spillway with. a length of 200 feet which is held by abutments of twenty-five and thirty feet in length at the two banks. The j dam rests on the solid shale rock and the abutments reach to the shale in each bank. The crest of the dam is three feet wide and the base is nine) feet wide. The height of the dam in the pond is twenty-three feet. The normal difference of water level above and below the dam is four and a half feet but the structure is designed to hold the water for the full height of the dam if the water in the lower pond is entirely drained.

In fixing the location of the structure complete plans and estimates! were made for the dam as built and also for raising the old dam. It was found that it would take more labor and material to raise the old dam than to build an entirely new structure in the adopted location. In addition to the cost of the work there. would be a very great risk of accident during the construction of the dam which might wipe out the pumping station. There would also have! been the work of caring for the ice;” house property which was located Just above the old dam and which would have involved serious expense,

The question of additional storage has been a pressing one for sometime. In 1911 the advisory water commission, the members of which were Drury Cooper, E. P. Darrow, W. H. Benedict, A. A. Titsworia, F. C. Schneider and A. S. March, strongly advised the immediate raising of the present dam three feet to provide the additional storage. They stated. at

that time that this would take care of the immediate need and that additional provisions could be taken after some years had passed. The present structure raising the level of the pond four and a half feet adds over) fifty percent to the additional storage contemplated by their recommendations.

Plans Made in 1914.

The plans for the dam were made! in 1914 at the time of the serious water famine which occurred in:” September of that year and it was strongly urged that the structure be, built at once so sufficient water could be stored to prevent the recurrence. of the shortage. On account of the authority to build being withheld je from the Board of Water Commissioners by the Board of Aldermen, the work was postponed until Commission Government took hold of t matter. The building of the dam was again postponed by the judgment of the advisory water board until after the completion of the filter plant as it was thought that building operations would cause the water to be made turbid. The work was finally started in the fall of 1917, The necessity of the work was shown last fall when all of the storage was used up and temporary pumping was required from the creek below the dam to maintain the necessary amount of water.

During a dry time all the water required beyond that furnished by the flow of Lawrence brook must be taken from storage. The flow of the brook was estimated by the state as given in the report on water supply as a minimum of five and a half gallons a day for the driest period. This estimate is largely in excess of the actual amount which was observed in the dry periods of 1914 and 1918. A careful measurement of the individual streams of the watershed. show that the minimum flow of the Lawrence brook area amounts to only 1,800,000 gallons for 24 hours. The consumption last September, due largely to war conditions perhaps, required seven million gallons a day so five million under these conditions must be taken from storage. City Can Supply 100,000 Population With Water by Damming Near Milltown.

When the water consumption of the city again exceeds the present provision additional storage will have to be sought by a dam somewhere above Milltown or by taking water from the Raritan River. The late Dr. Cook reported on a project for a high dam at a site near Parsons pond which would impound 1,640,000,000 gallons of water. The cost of the dam at that time was $347,000, but under present conditions, it would be two or more times that figure. As everyone has great faith in the steady growth of the city of New Brunswick which is largely dependent on the water supply the necessity of looking! forward is apparent. With the above] storage a population of 100,000 could be supplied with an adequate amount of water.

This day in History: January 26th, 1906

This day in History: January 26th, 1906


He Hunts and Hoes, Fishes and Rows as Well as Men Who Have Arms.

MILLTOWN, Jan. 26 – Deprived of both arms forty-odd years ago, John Fox, of Milltown, has become so expert in the use of the hooks which are attached to the stumps of his arms that he does many things as well as many men who possess both arms. Fox always goes out gunning after rabbits as soon as the season opens. One of his arms was taken off below the elbow, and the other above the elbow in a graining machine In the old rubber shop at Milltown.

Fox as a gun fitted with a strap which holds the weapon in place to his shoulder. With one of his arms, he supports the gun so that he can aim it at the game, and the trigger is pulled by means of a string with his teeth. Fox was out the other day and had not been searching for rabbits more than half an hour before he shot one. He returned to Milltown and had the gun loaded again and set out for another rabbit.

The old man is now 72 years old. He is an ardent fisherman in season and also manages to scull a light boat with ease. He takes care of a garden at home and pulls a cultivator plow by means of the hooks. He is cheerful despite the deprivation of his hands.