This Day in History: Wed. May 14th 1924

This Day in History: Wed. May 14th 1924

COST OF FIRE HOUSE AT MILLTOWN SET AT $15,000; MERCHANT SUBMITS PLANS


Milltown, May 14th – Architect Alexander Merchant submitted to the borough council on Monday night a sketch of the proposed new Fire house which is to be erected on the Cottage avenue side of the playground in the rear of the school. The cost of the building, submitted for approval of the officials was estimated at $15,000. A figure far in excess of what the borough fathers anticipated on spending. The plans, however, call for a magnificent home for the fire fighters. With a large place to house two machines on the ground floor. On the upper floor will be a meeting room and a recorder’s office.

It is also planned to have a lockup on the ground floor where “customers” may be kept over night. The plans call for a brick building. After debating the price, the councilmen could not come to any agreement on the subject and consequently had to lay the matter on the table for further consideration in view of the fact that only $8,000 was set aside in the budget for this purpose.

It is also planned to have a lockup on the ground floor where “customers” may be kept over night.

A request was received from the owners of Booream avenue asking the borough to take over the street. This was referred to the borough engineer to investigate. If the street is found in acceptable condition, the council will no doubt take it over at the next meeting. This refers to the eastern part of the street or the extension which has been opened during the past year. The street was recently scraped by the owners.

A very serious situation has arisen at the sewerage disposal plant in taking care of the waste from the eastern section of the borough or the part from the Russell Playing Card Company to the plant. It seems that this waste comes through the pipes in clugs due to the wax-like waste material which runs out from the Card Company plant. Many complaints have been made but the condition is such that only a clean out of the pipes every two days will remedy it. Further consideration of this matter will be given attention at the next meeting.

The “welcome” signs are, here and will be erected at the various places as soon as chairman of the streets committee can secure permits. They give a glad welcome to strangers when they enter the town and ask them to call again when leaving, They are to be erected at Miller’s. the entrance to Milltown from South River on the main street, at the big bridge, at Riva avenue bridge, at Elkins Lane, and at Ryder’s Lane.


10/04/1956 - HOSE COMPANY - These are 29 of the 40 members of the Eureka Hose Company No. 1 of the MIlltown Fire Department. The men with their equipment are pictured in front of their headquarters, the Cottage Avenue firehouse, built in 1925.
10/04/1956 – HOSE COMPANY – These are 29 of the 40 members of the Eureka Hose Company No. 1 of the MIlltown Fire Department. The men with their equipment are pictured in front of their headquarters, the Cottage Avenue firehouse, built in 1925.

This Day in History: April 28 1920

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ANNEXATION IS DEFEATED BY MILLTOWN VOTERS


MILLTOWN, Apr. 28 The proposal for annexation of a portion of North Brunswick Township by the Borough of Milltown was defeated in a special election held here yesterday.

There was a total of 122 votes cast for annexation and 183 votes against the proposition. The majority against was 61. The first voting precinct, which is in South Milltown, registered 17 votes for and 89 against annexation, while the second voting precinct, located in North Milltown, which section is adjacent to the territory which it was proposed to annex, gave 105 votes in favor and 94 votes against annexation. The annexation proposal was fought largely on the contention that it would mean increased taxation. It was the first big project backed by the Milltown Chamber of Commerce, the leaders of which worked energetically to secure Its adoption. This evening will witness the first annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce, to be held in Red Men’s Hall, at 6.30 o’clock. A fine program has been arranged, and the principal speaker will be Adrain Lvon of Perth Amboy.


This Day In History: April 14, 1917

This Day In History: April 14, 1917

MILLTOWN MAYOR, DIES SUDDENLY


W. KUHLTHAU, JR., MILLTOWN MAYOR, DIES SUDDENLY

Milltown April, 14 – A shadow of gloom was cast over the borough of Milltown last night when the news of the death of Mayor William Kuhlthau, Jr., was announced. While the Mayor had been ill and confined to his home for the past month or so, his many friends had hopes for his recover, and the news of his demise comes as a shock to the community. For the past year Mayor Kuhlthau had complained more or less of his condition, but he had not taken the matter as being at all serious until about two months ago when he was compelled to relinquish his active duties with a view of regaining his health.

…he had not taken the matter as being at all serious until about two months ago when he was compelled to relinquish his active duties with a view of regaining his health.

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While his heart was affected other complications set in that hastened his departure from this world.

Only yesterday the Mayor was able to sit on his porch of his home, getting some fresh air and was making preparations to take an automobile trip to-day to Long Island to see his sister, he is believing that the country might be an aid in his recovery.

Later in the day his condition became more serious, however and despite the best medical aid that could be obtained he was call to his reward.

Mayor Kuhlthau was a man of sterling qualities whose presence will greatly be missed by his official colleagues and so many other friends in town, of New Brunswick and vicinity. He was 48 years of age, he leaves a wife, Mrs. Josephine Kuhlthau; a son Russell; mother and father. Mr. and Mrs. William Kuhlthau, Sr., of Milltown; a brother, Charles Kuhlthau, of New Brunswick, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph M DeHart, of Morris Park, L.I. to mourn their loss.

The funeral will be held on Monday afternoon. Internment will take place in Van Liew Cemetery under the direction of Undertaker Quackenboss.

William Kuhlthau, Jr. had served the Republicans of Milltown as their county committeeman for a long time and he came to the rescue of the party by consenting to accept the mayorship in 1914 when the political situation was very unique, the Republican, the Democrats nor the Progressives at that time being enthusiastic over the honor or labor attached with the Mayorship as the responsibility of the sewer and water problems which were in early stages at that time would fall upon the Mayor and Council. In the capacity of County committeeman at that time, Mr. Kuhlthau being unable to secure any other candidate took the reins in his own hands by accepting the nomination and under his administration the work (which was planned by the late Conrad Richter and his subordinates) was carried to a successful completion.

…he came to the rescue of the party by consenting to accept the Mayorship in 1914 when the political situation was very unique, the Republican, the Democrats nor the Progressives at that time being enthusiastic over the honor or labor attached with the Mayorship as the responsibility of the sewer and water problems which were in early stages at that time would fall upon the Mayor and Council…

The Daily Home News 1917

Mr. Kuhlthau was a business partner of Henry E. Lins, conducting their business at 58-60 Dennis Street. New Brunswick, under the firm name Kuhlthau & Lins.

While the Mayor accomplished a great deal in the town government, there were two suggestions in his message to council, ever upmost in his mind, which he did not live to see fulfilled, namely, more adequate fire alarm system and better heating system for the council chamber and fire department.

…he did not live to see fulfilled, namely, more adequate fire alarm system and better heating system for the council chamber and fire department.

The Daily Home News 1917

This Day In History: April 13, 1919

This Day In History: April 13, 1919

HOW MILLTOWN COULD BE TRANSFORMED: SUGGESTION THAT IT BE MADE TO REPRESENT “A LITTLE BIT OF FRANCE TRANSPLANTED TO AMERICA”

(By HELEN McCALLUM)


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 8, 1925

This Day In History: April 8, 1925

Fireworks Explode As Factory Burns; Milltown Alarmed


MILLTOWN, April 8. – Eureka firemen answered a still alarm to North Brunswick township yesterday afternoon when they responded to the fire at the Unexcelled fireworks plant on George’s Road. The explosions at the fireworks plant were very obvious and many, people were alarmed until they looked out of their windows and observed the valley of smoke that enveloped the atmosphere in that section. The firemen responded in record time and were at the grounds five minutes after the call was sounded. They centered their work on the outlying buildings, and saved many from explosions.



This day in History: April 6, 1930

This day in History: April 6, 1930

Descendants of Phillip Kuhlthau, Who Emigrated to America in 1848, Prominent in Milltown’s Life and Development


New Brunswick owned its early growth to the people of several nationalities—English, Scotch, Irish, German, French and Hungarian. Milltown owes its development largely to citizens of German birth and extraction. Milltown, which was originally known as Bergen’s Mills in honor of the mill proprietor, Jacob L. Bergen, and German names have been synonymous for many years, especially the name Kuhlthau,

The Bergen mill disappeared in 1843 when Christopher Meyer, a citizen of Germany, used the water power for his rubber manufacturing plant, which really gave Milltown its start.

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The Bergen mill disappeared in 1843 when Christopher Meyer, a citizen of Germany, used the water power for his rubber manufacturing plant, which really gave Milltown its start. In 1816, it could boast of a population of twenty-five, one mill, a tavern, five or six houses and only two or three of them dwellings. By 1872, it had a box factory, two stores, two mills, two meat markets, two taverns, a church, and a number of dwellings to house a population of 400.

The first Kuhlthau to arrive in Milltown was Phillip. It was about 1850. He was the son of John Henry Kuhlthau and his wife, Barbara Lins, both of Oberzell, Germany. They had eleven children, and Phillip was born October 22, 1829. He went to school in his native town and when quite young went to work on the public roads there. In 1848 he came to America and some time later located in Milltown. For two years he engaged in farm work, and for the three following years was employed by the Ford Rubber Company. In 1852, he went abroad to see his grandfather, and when he returned he brought with him his parents and their family.

In 1855, he went into business for himself, opening in Milltown a small grocery store, which prospered. He soon became one of Milltown’s leading business men. In 1856 he married Catherine Klein of Milltown, by whom he had eight children.

He was active in Republican politics and held responsible offices in the county. He was a freeholder and a member of North Brunswick township for ten years, justice of the peace, commissioner of deeds, collector and postmaster at Milltown for several terms. The keynotes of his life were reliability and industry—characteristics that make for success today as they always have. They made Phillip Kuhlthau Milltown’s first citizen. His descendants have been and today are among the borough’s first citizens, leaders in improvement and in development.

There are about thirty-five Kuhlthaus living now in Milltown. Not long ago Christian Kuhlthau was renamed as the borough’s postmaster, giving him the distinction of serving under three presidents. At about the same time, Henry Kuhlthau was re-elected president of the Milltown Building and Loan Association, a position he has held since the association was founded in 1910. He is president of the National Porcelain Company and vice-president of the. Royston Paper Company. He was formerly a borough councilman and was first foreman of the fire company. He is associated, with his brothers, William H. and George, in the coal, flour and grain business, and the firm is known throughout central New Jersey for its excellent policies. He is vice-president and general manager. George Kuhlthau is the president of the company. His brother, William H., was formerly councilman and postmaster. He is secretary and treasurer of the company.

Other Milltown Kuhlthaus have been and are prominent in the life of the community. Still are others rising to prominence in various fields—business, medicine, law, politics, etc. For eighty years, there always have been Kuhlthaus in Milltown and Though it did not realize it at the time, Milltown was fortunate when Phillip Kuhlthau, picked the place for his home and business and political life.

Milltown was fortunate when Phillip Kuhlthau, picked the place for his home and business and political life.

Daily Home News 1930