This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

Democrats Elect One Milltown Councilman

MILLTOWN, Nov. – The G.O.P. made a clean sweep in Milltown as far as National, State, and County offices are concerned, but when it came to the local election, there was a difference of opinion. William R. Evans, Republican, was returned to council by the large vote of 266, showing the people still have confidence in the good work he has already accomplished and has underway, but his running mate, C. W. Waddington, fell by the wayside with a vote of 128, running considerably behind his ticket. Joseph M. Crabiel, son of the late Mayor Joseph M. Crabiel of this place, the strongest candidate the Democrats have put in the field for some time, was honored with 212 votes which safely elected him by a majority of 82 votes over Waddington. Gilbert Gill, however, Crabiel’s running mate, received but 108 votes.

Both Evans and Crabiel are straightforward and upright young men of the borough, and the populace has every confidence that they will receive good and wise legislation from them.

Returns Attract Large Number The Milltown Republicans engaged the upper floor in Red Men’s Building and installed a telegraph instrument for the purpose of receiving returns. The results as they came in were also given to the public from the balcony, which created a great deal of interest. There were about a hundred or more in the building to receive the returns while several hundred gathered out in the street and remained until a late hour, eagerly awaiting some definite results.

Ladies, too, were as much interested as the men in the outcome of the election, and they have already made a request that provisions be made for them should it ever be attempted to receive returns in a like manner in the future.

This is the first time that Milltown has had the pleasure of receiving returns directly, and it was certainly appreciated by many. Thanks to the Republican Committee for their generosity.

There were 401 votes cast in the Borough of Milltown, which is the largest vote ever polled in this district, and as a result, there is every indication that another polling place will be required before another election comes around as the total number registered here at the present time is approximately 450.

Democratic Banner Missing After Election

MILLTOWN, Nov. 3 – The Wilson-Marshall banner, which floated near the Borough Hall in Milltown, was among the missing yesterday morning. It is claimed that the disappearance of the same is evidently the handiwork of some of the Republican enthusiasts who paraded through the borough at 2 a.m., headed by a fife and drum corps, shouting their joys for the belief they had attained from reports that Hughes had safely 276 electoral votes.

It has been said that torches had been prepared for the destruction of the banner, but there were men in the mob who observed the emblem of Old Glory, and their patriotism prevented the termination of their purpose.

The act, however, was not taken in a spirit of jocularity by the Democratic County Committeeman of the borough, and Mr. Spencer Perry, who acts in that capacity, declared last night that he was highly indignant over the affair and was ready to take steps toward prosecution of those implicated in what he claims to be a disgrace to the borough of Milltown.

In a personal interview with the Home News reporter last night, Mr. Perry conceded that the act was not one originating with the Republican party in general and that many prominent men of Republican faith expressed their regrets at the outcome.

He further remarked that apologies from those directly implicated in the affair made to him as committeeman of the borough would tend to set things right, or otherwise, action would be taken.

This Day in History: October 28th, 1918

Fred DeVoe


MILLTOWN, Oct 28. – One of the candidates for Assembly on the Democratic ticket is Fred W. Devoe of Milltown, and his chances for election appear exceeding bright. used of an engaging penalty he has many friends throughout the county who are zealously working for his cause.

Mr. DeVoe is a lawyer with offices in New Brunswick, and also in Milltown where he resides on upper Main street, having purchased the former home of Professor Jaeger, when he moved from New Brunswick to the borough two years ago. He was born in Spotswood, but lived in Perth Amboy and New Brunswick while studying for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1915.

In Milltown he is very active in all war work and has been at the head of several drives. He was chairman for the borough in the last two Red Cross drives in which Milltown made splendid showings. He has also devoted much time to assisting registrants with their questionnaires. Mr. DeVoe is in the confidence of the Milltown people as evidenced by the fact that he is attorney for both the Milltown building and Loan Association. and also for the First National Bank.

As representing the progressive type of young lawyer, Mr. DeVoe deserves a place in the Assembly. Because of his law training he is well fitted to be sent as a representative of Middlesex County to the law making halls of New Jersey. In the primary he had no opposition as it was recognized hist type in the kind needed in the Legislature of the State.

In whatever he undertakes he enters wholeheartedly into it; there is no doubt as to where he stands on

the “Win the War” proposition because he is 100 per cent. American, and he lives it. There has been no war work in Milltown in which Mr. DeVoe has not been affiliated either as director or in some assisting capacity, and he has sacrificed much in order that he might do his best on the home front.

On two previous occasions Milltown has had the honor of having a resident in the Assembly. Postmaster John V. L. Booream served two terms as Assemblyman, and it looks as though the borough is again to have one of its taxpayers thus honored.

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