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: 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: March 14, 1913

This day in History: March 14, 1913

Council Takes Action on Mad Dog Scare-Adam Young Bitten-Other interesting Items.

FIREMEN ONLY CALLED OUT TWICE Splendid Record Given by Foreman Kuhlthau Bills Paid Council

MILLTOWN, March 14. Mayor Conrad Richter presided over the regular meeting of the Borough Council last night, Clerk B. A. Harkins, Attorney F. Weigel and Councilmen Chas. Bauries, H. Kuhlthau, Geo. Crabiel, Al. Skewis and B. Miller, being present.

The annual report of Aubrey Kuhlthau, foreman of the fire department, showed that the apparatus has given entire satisfaction to the department and that the department desired to express their thanks for the of the borough council. The foreman also added that in order to still further the efficiency of the department he urged the installation of a fire alarm system.

Mad Dog Scare.

“Adam Young was bitten by a dog owned by a French family living at the corner of Richter avenue and Clay Street… Authority to capture stray dogs on and after March 24th, and if not claimed by the owner within twenty-four hours, the dog would be destroyed…”

It seems that the Mad Dog fever, which has created such a disturbance in South River, has finally been contracted by some local purps. in fact the matter was brought before the council yesterday more forcibly than ever from the fact that Adam Young was bitten by a dog owned by a French family living at the corner of Richter avenue and Clay Street, therefore the council adopted a resolution to the effect that Marshalls Geo, Lins, Jos, Ruppert and Chas. Foreter shall have the authority to capture stray dogs on and after March 24th, and if not claimed by the owner within twenty-four hours, the dog would be destroyed and the said owner fined $2.50.

if the owner desired to retain his dog he could do so upon payment of $2.50 fine and $1.00 license fee. In taking out a license it will be necessary for the owners to procure a collar hand with a metal plate in order that the name of the owner and registered number may be inscribed thereon.

The light committee reported that they had inspected the electric light poles which Mr. Herbert spoke of at the last meeting, and found them of service and that 75 of them have already been delivered. Since the purchase of a horse and cart for borough use the necessity of a stable and storehouse has presented itself. It was stated last night that a storehouse would be a saving in many ways, as all the boroughs implements could be taken care of by one man, and that everything would be handy when required. The matter of plans and specifications for hands of the Street Commissioner with instructions to report in full at the next meeting.

The matter of improving Riva avenue, which has been in abeyance for some time, was also left in the hands of the Street Committee to have a final report at the next meeting, which will consist of having the necessary deeds prepared.

Fire Alarm System

On the suggestion of Ex-Foreman A. Kuthlthau, the council instructed the fire Committee to make and investigation of a fire alarm system. It seems to be the opinion of council to have four alarm  boxes installed throughout the borough, two on the south side and two on the north side. The present system of using factory whistles as the alarms has thus far been successful, although there have been few opportunities to use the same outside tests. The department should be equipped with such a system as to enable them to turn in an alarm from any section of the borough.

A Saturday Night Cop.

From the fact that Recorder J. A. Headley turned in over fifty dollars in fines last month it was deemed necessary to have at least one blue coat patrol the streets on Saturday Nights between the hours of eight and one, especially throughout the lower section of the borough. Evidently the disturbers do not heed being fined, therefore it was suggested by council that the judge send some of the troublemakers up for thirty says as an experiment, which in all probability would be a better lesson.