This Day in History: September 21st, 1914

This Day in History: September 21st, 1914

MILLTOWN, Sept. 21-after being confined to Wells Hospital New Brunswick, with typhoid fever for the past three weeks. Elwood Boyce, of Ford avenue, passed away about six o’clock last evening.

Mr. Boyce was associated with his brother Frank in the Empire Grocery business in Milltown, was foreman of Eureka fire, company NO. 1, a member of Charles L. Walters Council No. 178, Jr. O. U. A. M., a member of Walter Guard and a member of the Tottenville A. C of Tottenville, from which the Boyce family hail.

Mr. Boyce through his business associations, has made a host of friends here and his demise has cast a gloom over the entire borough. Herbert & Moke had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Funeral of Thomas B Reed

Thomas B. Reed, which had been employed as a night watchman in the new construction work in the borough of  Milltown up to a few days ago, and who passed away at the home of his son Frank Reed, of Washington avenue, Saturday morning shortly after nine o’clock leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. Also a brother William R Reed of New Brunswick, and sister, Mrs. R. A. Harkins. The funeral will be held from the home of his this afternoon, at three o’clock. Undertaker Quakenboss has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Traffic Delayed

The driving wheels Raritan River Railroad engine left the track at the crossing Main Street, near the Michelin Tire Factory Saturday afternoon, which caused the trolleys and other traffic to be blocked for me time.


This Day in History: September 9th, 1912

This Day in History: September 9th, 1912

FELL FROM BALCONY AND IS BADLY HURT

Edward Gallagher Sustains Fractured Skull and is Rushed to St. Peter’s Hospital Still in a Critical Condition.


MILLTOWN, Sept. 9.-Edward Galligan, the popular and genial clerk of the Hotel Marguerite, met with a serious injury early Sunday morning. when he fell from the upper balcony of that hotel to the pavement below, landing on his head and back

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Sayre retired late Saturday night, but were awakened at 1.30 on Sunday morning by a ringing of the doorbell. It was George Lewin, who had seen the man fall and had given the warning.

Mr. Sayre quickly came out and carried Gallegan into the hotel, and & trolley car was sent to bring Dr. Forney, who arrived soon after. He advised that he be taken to the hospital and a special car took the injured clerk to St. Peter’s Hospital New Brunswick, where he is still in critical condition.

Robert St. John, a nephew of Mrs. Elmer Sayre, whose room fronts upon the balcony. Was awake when Galligan went out to take smoke before retiring. He says that the clerk took a seat upon the railing and was warned by him that he would fall although he leaned against a pillar with both arms clasped about his head and also around the pillar. He was probably very tired after a hard day’s work at the hotel and cloud of. The fall Was witnessed by St. John, who said that the body descended with a rotary motion, which probably saved him from instant death.

The many friends of the clerk wish for him A speedy recovery.

FIREMEN HAVE CLAM BAKE

MILLTOWN, Sept. 9. The clam bake of Eureka Fire Company No. 1, held in Miller’s Grove yesterday. Was well attended and was considered a great success

The married men, ably coached by Wm. Killern, were only the victors over the single men in an interesting game of baseball.

The German Reformed Church is planning to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, which falls in the middle of October.

Mises Barbara and Lena Lins of New Brunswick, were the guests of Miss Kuhlthau, yesterday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Brown, of New Brunswick were Sunday guests in the borough

Miss Anna Latcher, of Brooklyn, was the guest of Miss Susie  Crabiel

Arthur Intemann, of New Brunswick, was a borough great last evening.

The French “dancing party,” held at Milltown Park on Saturday night, was well attended and proved to be a great success.

A Feed and Grain Business

With the erection of a 30 by 60 building the Kuhithau Brothers are -launching into the feed and grain business. This is not an entirely new project to them as for several years they have been carrying on & small feed business, but now they are greatly enlarging their facilities and will sell at retail and wholesale

John Christ, of South Amboy, was the rest of his parents, Mr. and Adam Christ, over Sunday. Miss Grace Farmer, of South River,  was the guest of Miss Ella Prill, over the week-end.


This Day in History: September 8th, 1915

This Day in History: September 8th, 1915

Farmer Disappears and Milltown Man Hurt on Trolley


FARMER DISAPPEARS

Milltown, Sept 8.- – Just four months ago today. Charles Altvater, who lived on a farm with his wife near Milltown. left home and no word has been received from him nor has anyone in this vicinity any trace as to his whereabouts. Any information that would lead to the finding, of the missing man would be very much appreciated by his wife, Mrs. Rose Altvater.

MILLTOWN MAN HURT ON TROLLEY

MILLTOWN, Sept. 8. As a result of putting his head out of a trolley car window, while the trolley was moving. Mr. Wyckoff, of Ford Avenue, Milltown, is confined to his home with several severe gashes in his head. The accident occurred on Labor Day.


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.