This Day in History: September 16th, 1913

This Day in History: September 16th, 1913

Nobody Running for Mayor in Milltown

Democratic and Progressive tickets are practically blank—Republicans alone have named councilmen.

The political situation in Milltown is unique. The tickets are being printed for the primary election next Tuesday, but none of the three tickets has a candidate for mayor.

A reporter sought out a prominent resident of Milltown to find out the reason and he got this answer: “The simple reason is, that it is hard to get good men to go on the tickets anymore. There are men who are willing enough to be mayor, but the moment their names go on the ticket there is an opposition crowd set out to beat the man, no matter who he is. They do not want to elect their own man, but simply to beat the other fellow. The result is that good men will not allow themselves to be made monkeys of.”

The primary tickets in the borough are mostly blanks this year. The only borough man on the democratic ticket is Spencer Perry, for County Committeeman. The Democrats have no nominees for councilmen or mayor, nor do the Progressives.

The Republicans have put up William R. Evans and Clarence H. Crenning for councilmen and William Kuhlthau for County Committee. They would have put up a mayor but did not do so, because no man would stand for being made a target of opposition. Borough Clerk, Robert Harkins, is having the ballots printed now, and voters may write their choice in the blank spaces if they wish to.

This Day in History: August 15th, 1919

This Day in History: August 15th, 1919


MILLTOWN Aug. 15 – There was an air of expectancy pervading to borough Council meeting on Wednesday evening caused by the an unexpected appearance of a petition tor Sunday baseball. The petition, however failed to make its appearance, whether it became lost in the rain or whether its sponsors thought it advisable to present it at this time is not known. There were, however, resolutions presented from both the Methodist and the German Reformed Churches urging the Mayor and councilmen to set aside any such petitions presented, as the playing of Sunday baseball would be most detrimental to the best interests of the community. The resolutions were received by Council and placed on file.

Another matter which caused the Council to take prompt action was the report that the American Railway Express Company was contemplating abandoning its agency at town, and taking deliveries through New Brunswick. It was the unanimous opinion of Council that this would be a severe setback to the borough, and a resolution was passed urging the American Railway Express Company to reconsider this matter, as the business interests of the borough required the continued deliveries as now in effect. The Chamber of Commerce and the business concerns will no doubt take similar action at once.

The “garbage” disposal matter which occupied so much attention late yesterday, was again discussed, and the matter was referred to the finance. committee to ascertain the cost and A possibility of a garbage disposal plant for Milltown. They will report back at a later meeting of Council.

An agreement with the Public Service Hallway Company was approved and the Mayor and Borough a Clerk directed to execute same on n the part of the borough. This provides for the consolidation of certain borough and street railway company’s poles, and will mean the y elimination of at least six poles.  

A communication was received from the Michelin Band, asking for the advice of Council as to the most suitable place for the public band concerts, and also for the privilege of having connection made for electric lighting from the borough wires. Upon motion the borough clerk was requested to acknowledge receipt of to the communication, and assure them of Council co-operation so far as the lighting was concerned: it was also thought that as a general rule the ball park would be the most suit able location for the concert.

The difficulty experienced at the sewerage pumping to recent rainy weather, as well as that experienced normal was discussed. and it was thought that some action would have to be taken in order to assure the plant taking care of the sewerage Matter was left in the hands of the finance committee who will report later with recommendations The Public Service Gas Co. was given the privilege of opening up Van Liew avenue for the purpose of laying 160 feet gas extension, to serve the property owners on that street. The New York Telephone Co. was given permission to make attachments to poles School street. The report of the collector indicated there is a balance on hand of $7,524 as of August 1st..

Warning AI Summary

The Milltown borough Council meeting on August 15th involved several significant matters. Firstly, there was anticipation surrounding a petition for Sunday baseball, which ultimately did not appear. However, resolutions from the Methodist and German Reformed Churches were presented, advising against Sunday baseball due to its negative impact on the community. The Council also addressed concerns regarding the possible abandonment of the American Railway Express Company’s agency in town and the potential consolidation of certain borough and street railway company’s poles. Additionally, discussions took place regarding garbage disposal, the location for public band concerts, sewerage pumping issues, gas extensions on Van Liew avenue, telephone company attachments, and the financial status of the borough. The details can be found in the provided newspaper article.

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This Day in History: August 14th, 1908

This Day in History: August 14th, 1908


The regular monthly meeting of the Miltown Borough Council was held last evening, and the regular routine business ensued. An ordinance was introduced for the establishment of a grade on New and Riva avenues, and Church street. It was also decided to convert the vacated school house on Main street Into a Borough Hall, so that Milltown won’t be so far behind her sister borough. South River, after all.

The Public Service Railway Co. Is to make repairs to the streets in the borough under the direction of the borough street commissioner. With the payment of a few bills, council adjourned.

This Day in History: May 16th, 1918

This Day in History: May 16th, 1918

Borough to Observe Memorial Day as President Suggested

MILLTOWN, May 16.-Exercises, consisting of community chorus singing, special solos, a patriotic address and other numbers, in which it is desired the town people will heartily participate, will be held on the evening of Memorial Day at the Michelin Park, in keeping with the spirit of President Wilson’s proclamation to observe the day with humiliation, I prayer and fasting.

This was decided on at a meeting of the Milltown Civic Celebration Committee, recently appointed by Mayor Christian Kuhlthau, held in the public school last evening. Mayor Kuhlthau presided and under organization J. H. Junker was elected secretary and H. R. B. Meyers, treasurer.

Last Memorial Day the exercises were held in the morning and were preceded by a street parade in which the various fraternal orders, Red Cross, Fire Department, Boy Scouts, etc., participated, but in view of the call of the President it was felt proper to simply have services appropriate to the occasion. The program will start at 7:00 p. m., so that the service will be completed before night falls. Holding the service in the evening will avoid confliction with any of the local churches that may de- sire to hold morning services in line with the President’s proclamation.

Some question arose as to the advisability of taking advantage of the open air facilities provided at the Michelin Park or using the public school, but it was finally decided to use the park as on former patriotic gatherings. Should it be stormy, however, the school will be used.

Speaker Secured.

A speaker’s committee consisting of J. H. Junker, chairman; Edward Emens, J. M. Crablel was appointed and Mr. Junker immediately used the telephone to get in touch with the Rev. Mr. E. H. Keator of the Reformed Church of Franklin Park, who consented to deliver the address of the evening. The committee is well pleas- ed with securing Rev. Keator for he Is a speaker of some note.

H. R. B. Meyers was appointed to arrange for a community chorus choir and to secure someone to same Mr. Meyers will also arrange for the music for the occasion.

It developed from the secretary’s report a balance of $29.82 remained over from last year. Added to this are donations of $25 by the Borough Council: $10 by Mayor Kuhlthau, and $5 from C. P. Stelle. Further contributions are solicited as the program will entail some little expense.

Councilman H. J. Schlosser was asked to make the introductory remarks for the speaker of the evening. The following committees were appointed:

Reception Committee-Mayor Kuhlthau, Henry Kuhlthau, H. J.

Schlosser Ushers Committee-Lester Snedeker, Albert Skewis, W. R. Evans, Charles Bauries, C. V. L. Booream.

Program Committee C. B. Crablel, Lester Snedeker, Henry Kuhlthau.

Everyone of the borough who desires to secure a Smileage book to send to some soldier can get same from Robert A. Phillips, of Booream avenue, who has charge of the sale of the books in Milltown. The cost par book is $1.00 and for the amount of pleasure it will give a soldier through the entertainments he will be able to enjoy in the Liberty Theatres. in camp, it is the best possible kind. of a gift.

Through arrangements with the Michelin A. A. the public school in conjunction with the club will conduct a moving picture show in the school next Monday night, May 20th. The school has enrolled 91 per cent. of its pupils as Junior Red Cross members and whatever profit is derived from the show, will be used to enroll the remaining nine per cent. 80 that there may be a total enrollment. of 100 per cent.

This Day in History: May 15th, 1923

This Day in History: May 15th, 1923


MILLTOWN. May 15.-The regular meeting of the borough council was held last evening in the borough hat with Mayor H. B. Meyers presiding. Those present were Clerk H. J. Schlosser, Attorney J. R. Appleby, Engineer C. P. Stelle, Collector William R. Evans, and Councilmen J. P. Herbert, W. H. Kuhlthau, Charles B Crablel, Charles W. Christ, and John Christ Superintendent Samuel Spiers, and Assistant Superintendent John Bauries.

An application was received from Marcus Wright of South River to have the electric current extended, the other side of Bog Brook in order to enable him to operate electric motors to be used in getting out clay and sand and preparing same for the building industries It was favored by the council, and when approved by the Public Service this extension will be made, all- expenses being paid by Mr. Wright. This will be a big industry employing a number of men when it is completed.

Most all of the property owners In North Milltown are in favor of the permanent curb and gutter being laid when the new road is put down, the expense being paid by them.

All sewer and water connections must be made within the next month as construction of the new road will no doubt begin about the middle of June.

The following bills were received and ordered paid:
Eldridge T. Mathis .. .. .. .. .$328.00
Samuel Spiers.. .. .. .. .. .. ..        2.00
N. J. State League of
Municipalities.. .. ..   25.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..   11.70
Christian Jensen .. .. .. .. .. ..  12.00
Borough of Milltown .. .. ..      2.40
Frank Van Syckle .. .. .. .. .1,265.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    4.23
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..   16.25
Nicholas Young  .. .. .. .. .. ..  42.25
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    7.20
William M. Beecher  .. .. ..       25.05
Joseph F. Rupprecht  .. .. ..        5.50
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..        7.10
NY. Telephone Co.. .. .. .. ..        2.20
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..     13.50
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. ..    81.00
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..       5.61
C. W. Kuhlthau .. .. .. .. .. ..       62.00
Public Service.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 333.58
H. A. Christ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..    35.43
Usher Publishing Co… .. .. ..   35.58
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. ..   50.50
Borough of Milltown.. .. .. .. 427.25
Twinvolute Pump Mfg. Co..  450.00
Twinvolute Pump Mfg. Co..  147.94

In answer to the letter written the Public Service in reference to the condition of the road between the tracks over the bridge, they advise same will be repaired as soon as it can be reached with the limited number of men at the company’s disposal.

The new fire truck has been delivered and accepted by the council. It was given a thorough test on all of the hills in the borough and had no trouble in making the grades on high gear. As soon 25 the bids are received the new truck will be painted, when this is completed Milltown will be in first class condition to handle all fire emergencies which may develop.

Joseph Auer. James Titter and Louis Jensen have been accepted by the council as members of Eureka Engine Co. No. 1 to fill vacancies and bring the department up to the required number of twenty-five men.

The borough ordinance is still in effect on dog licenses. As only twelve have been issued this year there will be several minus their pets in the near future, as the police have been ordered to seize all dogs not tagged and if not called for within twenty-four hours said dogs will be destroyed.

The following building permits have been issued by the building inspector:

Joseph R. Stokes. 25 Richter avenue, frame garage. $300.

H. J. Schlosser, 5 School street, frame garage, 750.

Victor Quetzky. 19 Church street. addition to dwelling. $350

George T. Reimers, 40 Richter avenue, frame garage, $150.

St. Paul’s Reformed Church, frame addition to social hell. $4,000.

The total fees for the above permits, amounting to $18, have been collected and turned over to the borough collector.

Fifteen dollars each was donated by the council to the G. A. R. veterans and the American Legion for Decoration Day celebration.

Mrs. Albert Skewis while stepping from a trolley in front of the traction office in New Brunswick yesterday morning fell and seriously injured her ankle.

This Day in History: May 13th, 1910

This Day in History: May 13th, 1910


Contractor Kerwin Threatens to Consult Attorney Unless Borough Fathers Settle- Other Live Notes.

MILLTOWN, May 13.-The Borough Council held its regular monthly meeting at the Borough Hall last evening Mayor Richter, Councilmen Wagner, Kuhlthau, Rappelyea, Miller, Bauries, and Borough Clerk Harkins were present.

The following bills were ordered paid: Public Service Corporation $201.60; John Patterson, $4.50; Mrs. August Rhonish, $1.95; Public Service Corporation, $252.

The Collector’s report showed a balance on hand on May 12th, of $3,409.14.

A communication from the Public Service Corporation asking permission to lay gas mains from Van Liew avenue to Washington avenue and on Washington avenue in order to convey gas to another town was accepted and ordered filed.

The standing and special committees reported progress.

Spencer Perry, of Riva avenue, acting as a representative of the Milltown Coal and Lumber Company received permission to speak before the Council. He stated that Van Liew avenue was soon to be extended twelve hundred feet to the grounds of the company and that as there was to be some dirt excavated, he offered it to the Borough to fill up the places on the avenue which were not up to the grade. The matter was voted to be left in the hands of the street committee with the power to act.

Milton Brindle and Gilbert Gill representing the local order of Red Men addressed the Council and asked for sufficient electricity to have moving picture entertainment in the hall. The matter was left in the hands of the Light Committee.

Charles Sevenhair, the Borough treasurer, asked the Council what it intended, doing about oiling the streets. He was informed that the matter was al ready being considered by the street committee.

Mayor Richter then announced that the Council would go into executive session.

The matter that was probably brought up in this session was the “Kerwin job.” Two months ago the Council received a letter from Mr. Kerwin the contractor for the curbing and laying of gutters on South Main street in response to a communication from the Council stating that his work was un-satisfactory. In his letter the contractor declared that the work was daily inspected by an inspector appointed by the Council and was also inspected by Ex-Mayor Perry and Engineer Snyder He also stated that unless the percentage which was being held by the Council was paid he would consult an attorney.

This is the problem that the Council had to face last evening. All persons not in the Borough Council including the Home News and Times correspondents were refused admittance

Mrs. Annette Vanderventer has sold her home on South Main street to J. Dilks, of Main street. Mrs. Vanderventer contemplates moving to South River in the near future.

George J. Griewe, of Washington avenue, has rented the farm of L. Klinks. The new home on Riva avenue belonging to Joseph Rupprecht is progressing nicely. Adam Christ is the contractor. Monsieur Sagenson has purchased a handsome Reo car.

August Zetman, formerly of Washington avenue, has moved to Perth Amboy Mrs. G. J. Griewe is spending a few weeks at Hempstead, Long Island. The Milltown Coal and Lumber Company expects to break ground for the railroad siding next Monday,

Mrs. C. H. Vanderuzen, of Ford avenue, has returned home, after pleasant two weeks’ visit at Livingston Park. Rev. and Mrs, J. W. Morris attended the District Stewards Convention at Atlantic Highlands yesterday.

A number of local people attended the W. C T. U. Convention held at Pitman M. E. Church, New Brunswick, last evening.