This Day in History: May 3rd, 1921

This Day in History: May 3rd, 1921


MILLTOWN, May 3-The Buster Brown shoe store, which in the past two years has given Milltown one of the best shoe centers in this locality, in celebrating its second anniversary this week and is enabling the boroughites to take part in it by announcing a tremendous cut In prices for this occasion on all merchandise.

Through the advertising columns of this paper tonight and the remainder of the week it will keep you in close touch with the many bargains to be had. Herewith is presented the anniversary message from the manager of the store:

To the Public:

The success our many customers have permitted this store to enjoy since its establishment two years ago, May 6, 1919, is due, we believe, to the consistent endeavor we have put forth to serve satisfactorily by supplying honest merchandise, courteous treatment and sincere efforts to please.
We take encouragement from the two preceding years and benefitting by our broadened knowledge of how we may better serve the people of Milltown and nearby points we set out on the New Year with that aim in view.
Our many friends we thank and, solicit the opportunity of continuing to serve them and we invite all others to become acquainted with our quality merchandise and the manner in which we serve.

(Signed) IRVING CRABIEL Manager.

Frankfurter Roast.

Mrs. James Herbert of this place proved a capable hostess at a frankfurter roast last evening given by her to the members of the Girls’ Crescent Club, their husbands and sweethearts. The “dogs” were roasted in the apple orchard adjoining the Herbert home which was decorated with Chinese lanterns and the light from the large fire which was used to roast the dogs” made a pleasant picture. The evening was whiled away in a very pleasant way in the playing of games.

Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. D. Servis, Mr. and Mrs. William Kuhlthau, Mr. and Mrs. William DeHart, Mr. and Mrs. Quackenbush, Mr. and Mrs. J. Snedeker, Mr. and Mrs. James Herbert, Mrs. A. P. Kuhlthau, Mrs. W. R. Evans. Miss Bertha Snediker and Mrs. H. J. Schlosser.

Realized $127.

The Ladies’ Aid Society and Dorcas Sewing Circle of the Reformed Church are gratified over the results of their gle of cakes, pies and aprons, hell last Friday in the church. The net proceeds were $127. The Girls’ Bible Class of this church will meet tonight at 7:45 o’clock in the lecture room of the church.

Miss Zenewich Engaged.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Zenewich of 42 School street announce the engagement of their daughter Victoria to Parley F. Van Buskirk of New York. The marriage will take place some time this month.

To Attend Church.

The orders of Wickatonk Tribe and Red Feather Council will attend the Reformed Church Sunday evening in a body. All members are re- quested to attend and meet at Red Men’s Hall at 7 o’clock sharp

Served Fifteen Years.

Joseph A. Headley has just completed his third term, of fifteen years, as Justice of the Peace in this locality. After furnishing a bond of $2,000 from two responsible parties and after being accepted by Judge P. F. Daly and sworn in by County Clerk B. Gannon he starts on his fourth term.

The people of this vicinity can not appreciate too much the value of such an official as Mr. Headley for he has always been untiring in his efforts in serving people and very conscientious in the exercise of his duties, giving everybody a square deal.

This Day in History: May 2nd, 1930

This Day in History: May 2nd, 1930


Property recently purchased by the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company in Milltown was acquired as a site for a new telephone central office building which will be needed in the near future to provide adequate telephone service to care for growth in Milltown. it was explained- ed today by Edgar J. Potter, manager for the Telephone Company.

The telephone company plans to erect a modern structure to house a new common battery switchboard which will replace the magneto-type board now in service in the present Milltown central office in teased quarters on Richter Avenue. Substantial residential and business growth of Milltown warrants the installation of this new type of service at an early date, Mr. Potter said.

The Telephone Company property has a frontage of seventy-five feet on Richter avenue and it runs back for about 122 feet on Clay street. The lot, which now is vacant, was purchased from Morris Le Bailly.

Telephone Company engineers are at work on detailed plans for the new building and for the large task of changing the location of telephone wire and cable which must be moved so that it can be centralized at the new location. The new building will be designed along lines similar to other attractive new central office buildings which the company is erecting in various parts of the state to take care of expansion.

Mr. Potter said that Milltown’s steady development during past years is evidence that the future will bring continued growth and that the Telephone Company, in planning this extensive expansion in Milltown, is following out a policy of anticipating coming needs in all parts of the state.

This Day in History: April 30th, 1926

This Day in History: April 30th, 1926

Milltown Spelling Champ Willard Lindstrom – 4.30.26 – Daily Home New

Milltown Champ

Spelling Champion of Milltown School.

The girls are still lending the hoys in the spelling bees sponsored by the Daily Home News and Sunday Times in the elementary schools of Middlesex and Somerset counties. Of the local schools six girls and five boys are champions. The best speller in Roosevelt Junior High School, who is still to be named, may be a boy, and then the balance will be even in the city schools. In the Middlesex county schools, the girls are so far ahead that the boys have no chance of catching up. Eighteen girls have been certified as champions, with but nine boys. Three schools, which have not yet named champions would not bring the boys record up to the girls, even if the champions were all boys. The boys expect to make up for their handicap of numbers by excellence of spilling

Milltown Speller Good

One of the best spellers entered is Willard Lindstrom, son of F. O. Lindstrom of Milltown. Willard will represent Milltown In the spelling bee in the Junior High School auditorium May 19. He has already won three spelling bees, conducted as preliminary contests In the Milltown school, and has been peeling in some extra time on his spelling since being named reparative of the school. In order to have the very best school speller take part in the county contest Principal Mensch of Milltown decided that more than one spelling bee was necessary as a trial of ability, Three were held, and Willand came out victorious. He will be one of the thirty-one spellers in the contest for Middlesex county honors May 19.

The latest city champions to be named is girl Leona Newman of the Bayard school, Although Leona is in grade six and a half she looks as if she had just graduated from kindergarten. She is the smallest entrant to appear on the scene, but one of the keenest. In addition to being spelling champlon of the Bayard school, she is also a champion in arithmetic. She won the spelling honor by a perfect test paper, spelling words which older pupils missed. Her alternate is Harold Levy, of the same grade. Leona will take part in the city spelling ben May 11 at Junior High School,

This Day In History: April 13, 1919

This Day In History: April 13, 1919



Ever since the time General Lafayette came across the ocean with his army and held out a helping hand to America in Revolutionary days, there has been a bond of friendship between America and France and it has been doubly, yes trebly cemented by the events of the recent war.

One of the results of this is bound to be an interchange of ideas, customs and manners between French and American people. It is shown already in many ways; our “doughboys” returning from France tell us in glowing phrases of the beauty of the French villages and cities – those that escaped the fury of the enemy – while many who have been abroad before and seen the pretty communities that have been devastated. Find no words to express their regret that such beauty should be lost.

People who have been in France say that Milltown possesses the natural physical elements that go to make up these cozy French towns and this idea suggests the possibility of converting New Brunswick’s suburb into a really and truly villa patterned after the best in France.

People who have been in France say that Milltown possesses the natural physical elements that go to make up these cozy French towns

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There are a number of French families in Milltown now; there are French people coming to America constantly who would be attracted to a place that suggested home to them. Needless to say these people would probably be only too glad to keep up the idea of combining their efforts to inoculate France beautiful into New Jersey.

Milltown can afford to grow, to expand. The opportunities and possibilities are there and perhaps this plan is just the incentive needed to start the wheels of progress turning” towards a big destiny. There are hundreds of ways this could be done. Start a few civic features with the French idea predominating, follow this with French architecture for the houses, encourage French ideas in the  shows revamp the hotels with a French “menage” then watch Milltown grow!

Of course it would take time and some money, but with the natural advantages already there, these would he a secondary and third consideration in comparison to the investment for the future. Think of the towns that have no foundation to build a distinctive reputation on, then of the splendid one Milltown has to achieve an international reputation if a little initiative and effort are used to establish a French “atmosphere” there.

The Michelin Tire factory has an opportunity to expand, to treble or quadruple its present capacity through the adoption of this idea. Then, too, other industries would be attracted to the place and the first thing you know instead of running over to Paris for their season’s wardrobe, New Yorkers might be taking a Gray bus or trolley to Milltown for the same purpose.

Yes, Milltown (I think I’d change that name perhaps I’d call it “Michelin”) might endearingly be referred to as a “bit of France transplanted to America.”

Slight alterations to many of the homes would give them much of the sought French effect. A little touch here and there would do the trick.

Slight alterations to many of the homes would give them much of the sought French effec

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It would be a good thing for the other Milltown industries as well as the Michelin. a good thing for the stores and shops and I would not be surprised if the Raritan River Railroad would contribute liberally to the carrying out of the plan.

Milltown has a real French millinery with a French madame in charge now. Maybe she is to be a pioneer in a new field. There is room for the French and the other industrious folk there now to get along splendidly in Milltown and to greatly increase the size and attractiveness of the place. It is a very nice town now.

This Day in History: April 28th, 1911

This Day in History: April 28th, 1911


Opposition Crops Out at Public Meeting in Milltown to Give Citizens Opportunity to Be Heard Upon the Subject.

MILLTOWN, April 28-A public meeting was held in the Borough Hall last evening to permit the citizens to express their views on the granting of a 50-year franchise to the New York Telephone Company for the operation and repairing of Their system on all the thorough- fares of the borough. The company at the present time has an unlimited franchise on North Main street, Washington avenue and Riva avenue, and has obtained from the Borough Council by special resolution the right to operate their system on Church street and Van Liew avenue.

Mayor Richter explained the purpose of the meeting and then gave the citizens the privilege of the floor. William Kuhlthau was the first speaker, and advised the Council to go slow; he said that 50 years seem- ed a very long time to him.

Charles Richter urged that the Borough Council limit the number of poles to be erected, and that they obtain the use of the poles for the electric light wires.

The company asserts that it will erect no poles without the permisslon of the citizens in front of whose property the pole is to be erected, and promises to give one telephone to the borough for every 50 subscribers. The company, if granted the franchise, will install a telephone in the Borough Hall.

As there were no more opinions offered the Council adjourned until May 5, when the bids for motor fire trucks will be received.

Fire Meeting.

The firemen held their regular monthly meeting in the club room at the Borough Hall last evening.

A great improvement is being completed on North Main street. The concrete sidewalks in front of the Bauries, Rappleyea, Sevenhair And Evans properties add greatly to the appearance of the thoroughfare-

Raymond Van Hise. who succeeded Christian Crablel in the South Main street grocery business, is daily improving the appearance of his attractive place and reports progress.

Rev. J. W. Morris will attend the banquet of the alumni of Pennington Seminary, held at the Hotel Martinique, New York, at 7 o’clock this evening.

Everyone is interested in the cake sale which is to be held at the M. E. parsonage tomorrow afternoon.

Miss Mildred Stelle is one of a luncheon party at Brooklyn today. The First Quarterly Conference of the M-E. Church will be held in the church lecture room to-morrow evening. District Supt. Dr. John Hand- ley will preside.

J. Ryan left the borough yesterday afternoon for Kansas City, where he will take up his duties as agent for the Michelin Tire Co.

Henry Baler has purchased a Maxwell touring car.

Oscar Harkins is enjoying many trips on his new twin cylinder seven horse power Indian motorcycle.

MILLTOWN, April 28-Weather permitting, the Crescents will go to South River to-morrow to play their second game of the season. It is thought that a large number of local enthusiasts will accompany the team, in order to size up the chances for a good season.

Paul Matske. well known as a ball player in New Brunswick and vicinity, a former catcher for the Rutgers Prep. School and Dayton teams, will probably make his initial appearance with the Crescents tommarow He will probably play one of the outfield positions.

J. Snedeker and Kuhlthau will compose the battery for the Crescents.

This Day in History: April 27th, 1926

This Day in History: April 27th, 1926

Milltown Trolley Tracks To Be Paved, Says Board of Freeholders

County Fathers Meet With Council, and Consent to Expenditure of $25,000 to Pave Dangerous Section From Booream Avenue to Lincoln Avenue

MILLTOWN. April 27-After years of waiting and patient agitation the borough council was assured last night by the Board of Chosen Freeholders that the trolley tracks from Booraem Avenue to Lincoln avenue would be paved. The county fathers were represented last night by Messrs. Dey, Orpen. Quackenbush and Haight, as well as Solicitor Richardson. A representative of the county engineer’s office was also present.

A report from Freeholder George Applegate who has control of this section, showed that the tracks were in treacherous condition Many times the officials of the town since Mayor Christian Kuhlthau’s term have tried to get the freeholders or Public Service to do something about the situation, Mayor H. R B. Meyers during his regime tried hard to make the powers to realize the existing dangers and they saw it but could do nothing without funds. Mayor Herbert during his term used every effort possible but the same story arose each time. Mayor Klotsback tried next and this year action will be taken. The freeholders advised the officials that the tracks would be filled in with Belgian blocks and on each side of the tracks as well as the Trenton Junction turn-in. This gratifying news was received by council with pleasure.

Milltown has needed its trolley tracks permanently repaired for years, and there will now be s possible chance to enforce a traffic system through the borough.

The freeholders stated last night that there may be a slight delay In the paving work as they intend to take the matter up with the Public Service, but that the promises would be fulfilled and the street fixed up this summer. The Job is quoted as a possible expenditure of $25,000.

Pass Ordinance

The ordinance for paved sidewalks on all borough side streets was read and passed last night on first reading. The second and final reading will be at the first meeting of May and then the people will have to start putting down their walks.

Fire Drill

The borough firemen were called out last night to fight a field fire at Trenton Junction. It was allowed to run back several hundred feet. Fire Chief H. A. Christ started the fire as a drill, unbeknown to anyone else. This was done by the chief, who after a careful survey of the fire hazards in the borough, deemed it best to burn out this brush near the Junction before a serious fire occurred. Both companies responded in fine time. Several streams of water were placed on the fire as it took in quite an area with many homes in the Immediate vicinity, Chief Christ would like to have people advise him where other fire hazards exist in the borough so he can then arrange to have the firemen take charge and burn them out.