This Day in History: August 11th 1916

This Day in History: August 11th 1916

Sewer Contract Goes to Brunswick Firm


MILLTOWN, Aug. 11. There being but one bid for the sewer and water extension out Riva avenue, in order that the new Michelin houses might be connected the contract was awarded to the Utility Construction Company, of New Brunswick, at the meeting of Borough Council last night The successful bidders gave bonds in the amount of $8.400 for the faithful performance of their duties. The contract specified that but one payment shall be made at the completion and acceptance of the work.

Utility Man Resigns.

The resignation of Henry Rathcamp, who has served the borough as utility man for the past several years, was received at the council meeting last night, and in accordance with action taken, an advertisement for man to take his place appears in today’s issue of the Home News.

The matter of procuring oil for the purpose of settling the dust along the main street of the borough was again discussed and the street committee was directed to procure some kind of a substance as soon as possible. Chairman Kuthlthau, of the street committee reported that he had investigated the matter of combination road binder and dust layer produced by the Robbinson Process Co. Whether this or crude oil will be procured was left in the hands of the committee to decide.

Poor Sidewalk

A washout in the sidewalk of O. Lindstrom. of North Main Street, which caused a young lady to fall down recently, was reported to council, and the clerk was authorized to notify the owner to have same repaired.

Councilman Skewis, chairman of the police committee, reported that he had been requested by the Board of Health to put a special officer on the streets to see that the resolutions of the health committee are carried out in so far as prohibiting children under sixteen years from entering or leaving the town, to keep children at home and to perform such other duties as the Board of Health will require of them. It is proposed to have the special officer to board the trolley cars as they enter the town and make a search for children under the age limit and prevent them from alighting in the town.

The matter of daily visits in the borough by New York and Brooklyn children who are stopping near Patrick’s Corner, was reported. The matter will be taken care of by the special officer, who will be on the job this week.

The finance committee was authorized to purchase sixty-five meters still due on contract with the Pittsburgh Meter Co., together with 25 one-inch curb cocks and six frost bottoms for meters.

The application for plumbers’. scene and bond of Theodore Bluming, which was laid on the table some time ago, was taken up and refused, on the grounds that Mr. Bluming had no established place of business. Mr. Bluming desired to do some work in his own home at present and expected to start his business later on. The outside work has been completed by regularly licensed plumber, and the refusal of the application will not hinder him from doing the inside work in his own home, but it must be inspected by a licensed plumber of the borough.

A bond of the Michelin Tire Company for plumbing licenses was approved.

The clerk was Authorized to deliver to the engineer in charge of the new sewer and water construction work the bid of the Utility Construction Co. with the understanding the same would be returned for filing at the completion of the work

The finance committee was empowered to purchase an air compressor for the engine for use in connection with the sewer station at a cost of not more than $225.

The clerk was authorized to send a bill to the Pubic Service Railway Co., for $3,00, for water taken from a local hydrant to fill their tank car, and also to notify the Public Service that such practice will not be tolerated unless permission is granted by council.


This Day in History: August 9th, 1916

This Day in History: August 9th, 1916

JOE AUER IS BOY HERO AT MILLTOWN

Charged With Swimming in Lawrence Brook, He Refuses to Give Names of Other Boy Swimmers


MILLTOWN AUG 9.- Joseph Auer, 15 years of age, of this place was arranged before Justice of the Peace Joseph Headley last night on a charge of swimming in Lawrence Brook, the New Brunswick Watershed. The boy was released with a reprimand after a bearing which created more than the usual attention among Milltown people. More than 200 Milltowners attended the bearing, and several, including Harry Meyers, the principal of the Milltown schools, appeared in the boy’s behalf. Auer graduated from the Milltown public school last June and was first honor pupil. The complaint against the youngster was made by Charles Joris superintendent of the New Brunswick Water Department, but there was not sufficient evidence on hand to secure a conviction.

On Monday night the Amer boy was found on the bank of Lawrence Brook with his clothes off by one of the watershed inspectors. In the opinion of the Justice who beard the case this was not sufficient evidence to prove the boy had been swimming in the brook. Accordingly, be was released with a reprimand.

 For one time it has been believed that Milltown youngsters have been swimming various parts of the watershed, which furnishes the drinking water in New Brunswick, and the inspectors have been vigilant. The complaint against Auer, it is believed was made in the hope that he would

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give the names of the boys who have been making habit of swimming in places against the orders of the City of New Brunswick “Squealing” on one another is detested by the boys, and Auer absolutely refused to give the names of any of the boys who have been Swimming in the brook He was willing to take the consequences himself rather than being freed of the charge if he would give the names of the boys in the minds of many Milltown boys, Joseph is a real hero.

Swimming in the Milltown pond is not an unheard-of occurrence, either I is said. It is not done openly. but some young men have made practice of falling out of Towboats into the cooling waters with all their clothes on. Many of these happenings are accidental. On Monday night a young lady of the borough was seen to suddenly fall out of towboat. Instead of being alarmed for her safety, she seemed to enjoy the splash, though – fully attired.


This Day in History: August 8th, 2022

This Day in History: August 8th, 2022

Milltown Favored With Visit From Noted Movie Queen

Again moving pictures have been taken along the Raritan River Railroad property at Milltown. Yesterday no less a movie star than Pearl White appeared in several scenes snapped at the Milltown depot.

BOUND BROOK TEAM TO PLAY MICHELIN SATURDAY MILLTOWN

Aug. 8. The baseball fans of Milltown and vicinity will be glad to know that the Michelin baseball team have scheduled for this Saturday what promises to be another good contest. A representative team of Bound Brook will be the opponents. This same aggregation defeated Michelin at Milltown early In the season, and that the locals will be out to get revenge there is no doubt, as thus far they have evened up with every team they have had a chance to play the second time.

The Bound Brook aggregation have a reputation from their past performances here, and there is no need of explanation as to their ability as ball players.

Milltown too will put out as strong a line-up as possible, and a batte roya can be looked forward to.

HOME DEFENSE LEAGUE POSTPONES MEETING

MILLTOWN, Aug. 8. There was a small representation to turn out to the meeting of the Milltown Home Defense League, which was called by Mayor Charles Baurles to be held at the Borough Hall last evening, and as a result the meeting was not called to order until some time when a larger body can be present.

There are several matters of Importance to the community to be decided, and It has therefore been ordered by the Chief Executive to send out a special post card notice to each individual member of the league to be present at a meeting which has been called for Tuesday evening of next week, at the Borough Hall Milltown.


MILLTOWN, Aug. 8. There will be a special meeting of the Eureka Fire Co., No. — , at their rooms on Thursday night, at 8 o’clock. Every member is urged to be present, as there is important business to be transacted and the presence of all is necessary,

Mr. Rosenthal, the owner of the Russell Playing Card Co., who resides in New York, visited the factory Tuesday afternoon with several friends from New York.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Citizens’ Building and Loan Association will be held at their offices in the First National Bank of Milltown on Tuesday evening, August 1, 1917, at eight o’- clock 1 for the purpose of electing five directors for a term of three years and transact such other business as may be necessary.

CHAS. C. RICHTER,

Secretary.


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This Day in History: August 7, 1913

This Day in History: August 7, 1913

Sayreville Man Hit by a Motorcyclist at Milltown


MILLTOWN, Aug. 1-Yesterday morning when Hans Popp and his assistant painters, who are at present engaged in painting the Borough Hall in Milltown, were alighting the trolley car near Fresh Ponds Road, when one of the assistants, a young man from Sayreville, was struck by a motorcycle and somewhat bruised about the incident.

Just about the time the painters alighted the car a wagon was bound up the street and a motorcycle was bound down, which together with the trolley car, bound for New Brunswick, caused a constipated state of affairs in which the passenger became entangled. The motorcyclist was obliged to return of his machine was somewhat damaged. The wounds of the passenger were taken care of by his friends.  


This Day In History: August 6, 1913

This Day In History: August 6, 1913

HURT WHEN TROLLEY CAR JUMPS TRACK

John Funk and Motorman Carter, of Milltown, Have Miraculous Escapes in a Peculiar Accident at Berdine’s Corner, Scene of Fatal Accident – Passenger Caught in Wreck


In exactly the same spot, and in very much the same manner, where Edward McKeon, a trolley conductor, of this city, met his death a year ago. John Funk, of Milltown, a bookkeeper at the plant of the Enameled Brick and Tile Company at South River, received Injuries at 1:20 this morning, when a trolley car on which he was a passenger, left the tracks at Berdine’s Corner, while going at high speed, and crashed into a telegraph pole.

Funk’s Injuries are not serious, and consist of an injury to the leg. and severe bruises about the body He had a miraculous escape from death or serious injury. As did Motorman Carter of the car.

Carter is a resident of keyport, but boards at Milltown. He has been motorman but short time. The car which came to grief at the corner which has been the scene of several accidents, left here at 1 o’clock. As is the custom the car was speeding on the George’s Road track. Motor man Carter says that he applied the brakes before coming to the turn, and that they refused to work. though they had been working well previously. The car jumped the track, and a few second later the body of the car left the trucks, and crushed sideways into a telegraph pole. The car fell and the pole smashed in the top of the car. At the time of the incident Funk was talking to Conductor Channatti. and he was sitting well toward the front of the car. Had he been in t the center or the rear, he would probably have been badly injured or killed.

The car was a complete wreck, and Funk was compelled to crawl out of the wreckage. Motorman Carter stuck to his port, and he also had to fight his way out. He kicked out the front windows of the vestibule, and crawled out. The conductor escaped injury.

Over a year ago an early morning car left the tracks at the same turn, and conductor Mckeon was almost instantly killed. That time there were no passengers on the car. This morning Funk was the only passenger.


This Day in History: August 4th, 1911

This Day in History: August 4th, 1911

RARITAN RIVER RAILROAD IS PROSPEROUS

Last Year Best Ever, Says Supt. Frank Hoffman, and This Year Will Go Ahead of That Road is But 21 Years Old.


Frank Hoffman, superintendent of the Raritan River Railroad, was in town to-day and told a Home News reporter that his line was enjoying the most prosperous period of its existence.

“Last year was the best ever for the road.” he said, “and the indications are that this one will be even better.”

The Raritan River Railroad is just a little over age, having been formally opened on January 6, 1890. Its beginnings were unpretentious, and as a passenger line it has never startled the universe, owing to the competition of the trolley from New Brunswick to South Amboy, but its freight business has grown enormously. The main line of the railroad to South Amboy is but a tiny fraction of its trackage, as switches miles in length branch off in every direction to the clay works along the south shore of the Raritan. It would take a full day to go over the entire system of this road.

To the Raritan River line Is due principally the remarkable growth of Milltown, South River and Sayreville, for furnishing a competitor to the Pennsylvania in freight business.

Superintendent Hoffman was formerly county detective of Middlesex, under Prosecutors Berdine and Booraem giving up the place to take charge of the railroad.