This Day in History: October 14th, 1910

This Day in History: October 14th, 1910


Borough Council Takes Up Street Grading and Lighting Propositions—Cupid in the Choir Loft.

MILLTOWN, Oct. 11—Owing to the repairs being made to the Borough Hall, the regular meeting of the Borough Council was held in the public school building last evening. Mayor Richter, Councilmen Wagner, Kuhlthau, Hauries, Rappleyea, Borough Clerk Harkins, and Attorney Weigel were present.

The following bills were ordered paid: William Wegant, $10; Henry Frisch, $136.00; Christian Crablet, $150.00; George Amary, $149; John Patterson, $45.00; Conrad Freezer, $500; Charles Patterson, $40.80; Philip Helna, $3.00; William DeHart, $3.30; John Patterson, $50; Public Service Corporation, $16.00; John Strassburger, $10.00; John Ghock, $1.00. The report of the Borough Collector showed a balance on hand on October 13 of $3,328.71.


The property holders of Booraem Avenue petitioned the Borough Council that the thoroughfare be graded. Later in the evening, a resolution was adopted to establish such a grade, and the ordinance was passed on its introductory reading.


A petition was presented before the council last evening signed by the property holders on Riva Avenue, asking that the avenue be widened seven feet. The request also contained a statement that the property holders who signed were willing to donate to the borough 3 1/3 feet of their frontage for the work.

The question of Riva Avenue started three years ago, when an attempt was made to grade it. The work was never satisfactorily finished and, as a result, the avenue has been impassable during the spring months. At that time, the borough tried to secure the land so as to be able to widen the thoroughfare but was unsuccessful.

If the scheme can now be pushed, it will not only improve that thoroughfare but it will also speak better for the borough.


The residents of Ryder’s Lane once more petitioned the council for street lights, claiming that at night the lane was so dark that it rendered traveling precarious for man and horse. When this matter was brought up several months ago in the council meeting, the motion to light the thoroughfare was voted down. The communication was accepted and placed on file.


A motion was made last night to notify the Public Service Corporation to remove the blind ditches, formed of cobblestones, on North Main Street, within ten days. In July, Borough Clerk Harkins notified them and received an answer to the effect that they would be removed. Nothing has yet been done, and the condition of the road is at present a danger to the traveling public.


The Mayor appointed the Council committee to meet with the attorney and establish rules and regulations for the municipal electric light system. These rules will cover the minimum cost of light per month, the running of motors by the repair of meters and the inspection of the system, in general, were discussed. Attorney Weigel advised the council to hereafter purchase the meters and install them in the houses that desired electric light, diverging from the former practice where the consumer of the light owned the meter. It was voted that the Borough Clerk be authorized to notify a party on South Main Street to replace a meter which is out of repair.

After the regular meeting adjourned, the council came together as the committee on improvements to the borough hall. It was decided that a concrete flooring would be laid in the house for the apparatus.


Mrs. Joseph Crabiel, of School Street, has announced the engagement of her daughter, Miss Margaretta Crabiel, to Lester Snediker. It is understood that the wedding will take place early in November. Miss Crabiel, who is the daughter of the late ex-Mayor Joseph Crabiel, is employed in the office of the Michelin Tire Company and is very popular among a large circle of friends. Lester Snediker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Olden Snediker, is also employed by the Michelin Tire Company, and is now in Cleveland on business for the company.

The romance can hardly be called a Michelin romance, as it probably started prior to the advent of the tire company in the borough. Some have hinted that Cupid lurked in the Methodist Episcopal Church choir loft. This is probably the case, and the rumor has it that another engagement will soon be announced.


The Wickatunk Tribe of Red Men will hold a barn dance at Parsons Grove on Saturday night. Good music will be in attendance and refreshments will be for sale on the grounds. William Lins has accepted a position with a wholesale meat house in New York.

Mrs. Charles Sevenhair wishes to notify the members of the Loyal Temperance Legion to meet at the Methodist Episcopal Church tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 1 p.m., prepared for an outing.

Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Morris and Joseph Crabiel are attending the Epworth League Convention at Farmingdale.


  • Newly built house. Inquire: John Richter, Milltown.


  • Seven-room house, with gas and water, Milltown. Contact: Ada M. Rappelyea, South River.


  • Six-room house, Fresh Pond Road, Milltown. See: John Zimmerman, Fresh Pond Road, Milltown.

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 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: January 25, 1913

This Day in History: January 25, 1913


Special Meeting of Borough Council to Discuss Street Conditions-Want Street Commissioner-Engineer Schneider Wants Assessor’s Map.

MILLTOWN, Jan. 25.-A special meeting of the Borough Council was held in Borough Hall Thursday evening, Mayor Conrad Richter, Clerk R. A. Harkins, Borough Attorney Frederick Weigel., and Councilmen C. Bauries, H. Kuhlthau, G. Crabiel, B. Miller and A. Skewis being present.

The bonds of the collector and treasurer as well as bonds for all other officials were accepted by the Council.

The matter of the condition of the street In front of the car barn was discussed, and the Council ordered that in as much as the franchise with the Public Service provides that they (the Public Service) are to take care of the streets in front of their place, they would be ordered to do so.

Matter Left With Attorney.

The petition of the residents of Riva avenue relative to the concreting and curbing of the said avenue, was taken from the table and placed in the hands of Borough Attorney Weigel with instructions to proceed in the matter of drawing up an ordinance and specification for same as soon as possible in order to get work under way in the early spring. The street committee were authorized to purchase a horse and cart for the collection of garbage and general use in maintaining the streets.

While the Council are ready to receive bids for the collection of garbage at the same time they also are looking for a man that would act in the capacity of a general caretaker or overseer of the Borough whose duty it would be to take care of the cleaning of streets, collection of garbage, care of electric lights, etc.. Applications for which should be made to Mayor Richter. After careful consideration of expenditures. during the past year the Council seems to think it advisable to form a street cleaning department, which it is believed would be better for the people of the Borough, that it would be a great improvement over the present system, and at the same time more economical.

The Mayor was instructed to insert an advertisement in the Home News to the effect that all applications for this position should be made to him.

The appointment of a Street Commissioner for 1913, has been deferred until definite arrangements can be made.

Frederick Schneider, Borough Engineer, was present at the meeting and explained to the Mayor and Council the necessity of having an assessor’s or tax map made for the Borough, due to the fact that the legislative committee recently recommended a bill that all municipalities should have a tax map whereby the taxes could be levied more accurately. In this case, every piece of property would be sure to be taxed and the possibilities of omission would be slight.

The Council is not in a position to take any immediate action but the matter will receive careful consideration in the very near future.

Church Services at Milltown.

Dr. Morris will preach at both morning and evening services at the Methodist Church. His morning subject will be “The Cross Gives the True Estimate of Divine Love” and in the evening his subject will be “The Empty House.”

The Woman’s Home Missionary Society of this church will hold its regular monthly meeting at the home of Miss Etta Evans on Mon- day evening at 8 o’clock.

On Wednesday evening next a flinch party will be held in the lecture room under the auspices of the Epworth League. Everyone is invited to attend.

Services at the German Reformed Church will be as usual. In the afternoon Mr. Christ, assisted by members of the choir will give an organ recital in that church at 4 p. Prayer meeting in this church is held on Wednesday evening.

This Day in History: November 24th, 1920

Michelin tire Promotional Postcard 1910


MILLTOWN, Nov. 24-The first luncheon-meeting of the Milltown Chamber of Commerce was held last evening at the Michelin Cafeteria which proved to be one of the most interesting meetings ever held by this body. A feature of the gathering was the condemnation of the borough’s present “wide-open” condition.

Those present were: Frank G. Boyce, J. M. Crabiel, H. A. Christ, W. R. Evans, E. V. Emens, J. P. Herbert. Ida J. Hermann, William S. Hannah, J. H. Junker, J. Knoll. Jr., M. Kropp. John Klotzbach, C. Kuhlthau, K. Kuhlthau, W. H. Kuhlthau, C. W. Kuhlthau, Geo. Kuhlthau, Geo. Lowne, H. R. M. Meyers, Spencer Perry, C. C. Richter, C. M. Snedeker. Philip Simpson. Harold J. Schlosser, Addison Thompson. Fred Wagner, Charles Zimmerman, Mrs. Chas. Hodapp. Miss Susie Crabiel, Louis Slon. Irving Crabiel, Dr. S. F. Weston and Howard S. DeHart.

After the luncheon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the regular meeting was indulged in, President John H. Klotzbach presiding. Clerk of the Board of Education Howard S. DeHart made the first address of the evening in presenting the business side of the Board of Education to those present, presenting the fact that the larger attendance, higher cost of textbooks, higher salaries paid teachers, etc., of today, have a great bearing on the great expense that is attached to our school today, especially calling attention that the transportation of our children which alone runs up as high as four thousand dollars in the course of a year. Mr. DeHart urged the hearty co-operation of the folks of the town to insure proper training of the children.

Dr. S. F. Weston, supervising principal of the school, was the next speaker of the evening on the Relation of School to Education, what education does toward making for a safer democracy, and also how the social and recreational education of a child tends to develop that child in the higher and better methods of life. Dr. Weston dwelt upon the opportunities afforded today to the man or woman who has been properly prepared for life by means of an education.

The fact was brought out as to following out the methods of instruction as laid down by the State and that the local school is complying with all requirements of the State body with exception of the fact that there is no domestic science department at this time. The reason being given that up to this time there has not been sufficient room, and secondly, the Board of Education did not feel financially able to put on any more expense than they were absolutely compelled o at this time.

The fact was also brought out during the discussions that while a four-room addition is being added to the present school structure it will not be many years before more room will be required. The Clerk stated in fact that if it was not for the high cost of building materials and Labor a new eight-room school would have been asked for at this time instead of only a four room addition to the present building.

The second question on the calendar-Does Milltown get a share of fish and game in comparison with the licenses issued? Many of the sportsmen present did not think Milltown did get a fair share of game and upon the suggestion of those present a committee of three was appointed to make an investigation and report back to the Chamber at the next meeting, namely: Fish and Game Committee: Charles Zimmerman, Charles Snedeker, Harold J. Schlosser. The question of can Milltown have its own electrical inspector to insure better service in Milltown was thoroughly discussed and the sentiment was that Milltown should have its own inspector.

Who knows the police signal system? This question was spoken upon by chairman of the police committee of the borough council, Harold J. Schlosser who explained that if anyone desired a policeman at any time to call the Michelin Tire Company and they would be sure to find one of the town officers there at any time during the day and any time in the evening up to 11 30 o’clock. It was pointed out that an arrangement had been made some years ago with the Telephone Company so that the telephone operator would know just what course to pursue. By mutual consent the matter was left in the hands of the borough council for their consideration.

After a discussion of the trolley service being given to Milltown at present, the following resolution was adopted, the secretary being instructed to forward a copy to the superintendent at New Brunswick and also one copy to headquarters in Newark, namely:

Whereas, the Public Service Railway Company has recently placed in operation cars between Milltown and New Brunswick on a fifteen minute schedule.

“Resolved, that the Chamber of Commerce voice its approval of this progressive step, and that we extend our thanks to the Railway Company, and sincerely trust that this arrangement may continue in effect permanently to the mutual advantage of the Railway Company and the people of our community.

“Resolved further that it would also be very much appreciated if the “Milltown only cars” could be run as far as Heinz’ Switch so-as to give South Milltown residents service equal to that of North Milltown residents.

“Resolved further, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the General Manager of the Public Service Railway Company at Newark and a copy to the local superintendent at New Brunswick.”

Would a retail merchants association be of interest to Milltown business men was discussed favorably and the following committee was appointed to make investigation and report at the next meeting with the view of getting such an organization underway: Retail Merchants Committee: C. W. Kuhithau, F. G. Boyce, H. A. Christ.

Harry R. B. Meyers, ex-president of the Chamber of Commerce came out forcibly on the question of law and order, pointing out the amount of drunkenness in Milltown, the bold and open sales of liquor, the playing of poker, shooting of craps and the like. It was pointed out that there: is no time like the present for a general cleaning up in this respect and upon motion, the secretary was authorized to communicate to the Borough Council that the subject of law enforcement was thoroughly discussed at this meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and ask that the Council give the matter their very careful consideration.

Harold J. Schlosser, chairman of the police committee, was given an opportunity to express himself. He stated that there were violations of the law going on and only recently a crap game was raided but for some reason or other there was no publicity given the matter.

It was pointed out that a general. clean-up that would keep the town boys out of questionable games and pastimes would not only be in the town’s interest but in the interest of the boys themselves as far as their economic advancement is concerned.

It was also pointed out during the discussion that any organization that would permit gambling in its rooms. was not only a disgrace to the organization but to the town as well.

An editorial from one of the country newspapers setting forth a plan to gain information as to the attractiveness of a town by sending out a questionnaire to each member asking what induced them to come to the town in which they live was read by the secretary for future information of the Chamber.

Charles E. Denhard and Louis Sion were admitted into membership of the Chamber.

The Civic Department of the Chamber of Commerce reported that the Hallowe’en celebration was the most successful affair of its kind ever held in this section. The financial report of the celebration was as follows:

Amount of Collections

John Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00

Alfred Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00

Dr. Forney. . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . .  . .$5.00

C. W. Kuhlthau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00

Buster Brown Shoe Store. . . . . . . . . $5.00

Hugo Laufer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00

Mrs. McGaughey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00

Mrs. L. J. Hermann. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1:00

Frank Hodapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5.00

Frank Hodapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5.00

H. A. Christ Co…….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00


Music for dancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $32.00

Hall decorations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.49

Red lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.80

Prizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40.00

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $82.29

The $50.00 collected having been used for payment of bills as indicated above, the following were or- dered paid out of the funds of the Chamber of Commerce to make up the deficit, namely:

J. M. Crablel, advances…. .$22.00

Estate C. Hodapp . . . . $4.80

Mae E. Kuhlthau, sundries… . . $5.49

Total . . . . . . . . . . .$32.29

General expenses were ordered paid

as follows:

C. Jensen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $4.00

J. H. Junker, secretary, stamps

envelopes and post cards . . . . . . . $2.03

The following resolution was adopted:

“Whereas the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Milltown in regular session assembled at the Michelin Cafeteria are fully aware of the educational, recreational and social advantages that the Michelin Community House affords to the Borough of Hilltown, be it and it is hereby

“Resolved that a vote of thanks by the Chamber of Commerce be ex-tended to the Michelin Tire Company for their untiring efforts to make Milltown not only an attractive place to live but to work as well. “Resolved further that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Michelin Tire Company and that a copy be spread upon the minutes of this organization.”

Church Notices.

Tomorrow morning at the Re- formed Church John Schmidt will occupy the pulpit at 10:20 in a special Thanksgiving service. A special collection for the Middlesex Hospital of New Brunswick will be taken. All are cordially invited to attend.

Tonight will be Women’s Home Missionary night at the St. James Church, New Brunswick, and all local members are urged to attend the meeting.

The Women’s Republican meeting scheduled for tomorrow night has been postponed by the president, Mrs. Kuhlthau, and will be held next week. All members are asked to please vote.

Mr. and Mrs. Irving Crablel have returned from their wedding trip spent in the New England States.

Friday, December 10, has been set aside by the Reformed Church Ladies’ Aid Society for their annual Christmas sale in Fed Men’s hall.

The bazaar or fair now in progress by the local Catholic mission will close tonight and it will be the last chance to get some real Christmas gifts at real bargains. Dancing will

also be enjoyed. A large crowd was on hand last night.


For the first time, Douglas Fairbanks will appear on the screen in Milltown tomorrow night when the Michelin Community House opens for the screen stars to entertain local people. A big crowd is expected to see the opening show in the borough. For the attraction here in the afternoon see the sporting page.

This Day in History: August 16th, 1915

This Day in History: August 16th, 1915


Local People Suffer Because of Trouble Caused in Past by Rough Element – Misunderstanding Leads to Embarrassing Situation.

Fully fifty New Brunswickers were stranded at the Milltown car barns, Saturday evening as they were unable to reach this city by trolley. Not being able to secure rooms in the borough they had to be contented with sleeping in the waiting room at the car barns which accommodated about ten. The passengers were provoked with the treatment accorded them by the employees of the Public Service who refused to take them to this city

The passengers boarded the trolley a South Amboy, it being the last car out of the city which only goes as far as the car barns. The trolley went at a fast pace and jumped the track at Yate’s corner South River. After considerable difficulty, the car was jacked up and placed back on the tracks. The passengers were greatly shaken up some being tossed from their seats,

The conductor collected the full fare from South Amboy to New Brunswick which entitled them to ride to this city. The passengers presuming that the car would proceed to New Brunswick, paid the last fare without a murmur.

Arriving at the car barns, a car swung out with several motormen and conductors aboard. Several of the passengers alighted from the South Amboy Car and dashed to the New Brunswick-bound car anticipating a ride to this city. Several got aboard but many more were not so fortunate. The conductor prevented several from jumping aboard the moving car telling them that the car would stop as soon as he swung out of the car barns. As soon as the car swung from the barns the motorman put on more speed and left the crowd standing in front of the barns.

Other Side of Story.

The Public Service side of the story was given to the Home News to-day to the effect that the company…


had no intimation that there were to be New Brunswickers on the 1 a. m. trolley out of South Amboy, which is due to run only as far as the Milltown car barns, and it is stated that ample accommodations would have been made if such knowledge had been given to the Public Service.

It was about 2.30 a. m. that the trouble occurred at Milltown, and it is said that much of it was due to a rough element that had hung around the car barns with the expressed purpose of riding to New Brunswick on the car which brings the trolleymen to their homes here and which the company is not obliged to run, but does so simply to accommodate their workmen.

So much disorder was shown by this rough element that the car barn employees had to send for the Milltown officers, fearing damage to the property. It is said that a number of men make a practice of remaining in Milltown every Saturday night to ride home on the trolleymen’s car and when the large crowd tried to board it Saturday night the crews were fearful of what might happen en route.

It was not until afterward that the company learned that there were a number of very respectable people in the car that left South Amboy at 1 a. m., and who were stalled at Milltown, and it is said a special car would have been dispatched to Milltown to bring them to New Brunswick if one of them had telephoned to the office here.

Extra cars had been running from South Amboy on Saturday night, the last ones leaving there for through trip at 12.15 Sunday morning.