This Day in History: November 7th, 1925

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Father and Son Week Starts Monday for Milltown People

Second Annual Banquet of St. Paul’s Brotherhood Monday Night Will Begin Event


MILLTOWN. Nov. Father and Son week is to be celebrated during the coming week and the Brotherhood of St. Paul’s Reformed Church will participate by conducting its second annual banquet in the Brotherhood building of the church Monday night at 7 o’clock.

The committee in charge has perfected all arrangements for the gala occasion and made arrangements for one hundred and fifty diners. Those desiring tickets may see either Henry Hartlander or Arthur Dickinson or any member of the Brotherhood, for there may be some left.

One of the biggest features of this annual affair is the orator of the evening, who will be the Hon. John T. Sproul, president of the Coal and Iron National Bank of New York City. From those who have heard M. Sproul comes the information that he is a very able orator, one gifted with the knowledge of how to win an audience and keep its attention. Mr. Sproul will give the main address of the evening, although Harry White will be in attendance and undoubtedly will have something to say, while the pastor, Rev. R. O. Castlos will also say a few words. E. M. Dowling of the County Y. M. C. A. will look after the singing numbers while Kuhlthau Brothers Orchestra will furnish music throughout the night. Tickets are selling for $1.25.

Arraigned Before Justice

Two boys from Berdine’s Corner were brought before Justice of the Peace J. A. Headley of this place last night on charge by Deputy Game Warden Theodore Ryerson of carrying guns in the field. The boys admitted that they had been shooting and on their clothes were several cartridges.

The law of 1925  prohibits such a misdemeanor but the lads were only sixteen and seventeen years of age justice Headley suspended the sentence, the boys paying only the cost of court.

Reformed Church Notes

Tomorrow morning at 9.30 the Progressive Adult Bible Class will hold their meeting with Harry C. White teaching the lesson. The other Sunday School classes will convene at the same hour. At 10:30 the sermon by the pastor, Rev. R. O. Castlos, to the Juniors will be “The Giver of Life” Sermon by the pastor to the seniors in German will be on “Sardes”. In the evening at 7:30 the pastor will conduct a home mission program entitled “The Pioneers of Christ.” This special program will be based on the treat Northwest dealing principally with the mission work In that territory.

Monday night in the Father and Sons Bouquet and on Wednesday night the Ladies Aid Society will hold their meeting and on Thursday night the Consistory of the church will meet.

Methodist Church Notes

Sunday School and Adult Bible class at the same hour of 10 a. m. with Prof. H. R, Mensch lending the Bible Class discussion. At 11 am, the pastor will preach on the theme, “An Unexpected famine” and in the evening at 7:30 p. m. the pastor Rev. D. E. Clair will preach on the theme “Angel Ministry of Today.”


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.

Daily Home News 1930

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