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Sneath, Thomas S. / A directory of the city of Stoughton, and the villages of Edgerton, Milton and Milton Junction

Milton Junction,   pp. [122]-126 ff.

Page 123

the population steadily increases with each year. The
building lots on Merchants' Row, two rods by six, sold in
1862 for $75 each, but the property has so appreciated in
value that the last sold brought $2oo. The present popu-
lation of the village is 375; and it. has 33 business firms.
The following list comprises the various kinds of business
pursued here and the number engaged in each: Agricul-
tural implements, 5 ; barber, I ; blacksmiths, 2'; stationery,
I ; builder, I ; cigar manufacturer, I ; dressmakers, 2 ;
drugs, I ; flour and feed, 2; furniture, I; general merchan-
dise, 3; hardware, I ; harness, I ;.hotel, I ; jeweler, I ; liv-
ery, I ; lumber, I ; market, i ; physicians, 3; shoemakers,
2; wagonmaker, I. There are three church organizations
and two church edifices, a fine school, a tobacco ware-
house, a'circulating library and two good public halls. The
shipments of grain, tobacco and live stock are considerable
and must increase in the future, and the outlook for the vil-
lage is decidedly promising.
The Universalists of the vicinity meet at the Methodist
Church once in four weeks. There is as yet no church orga-
nization, but the Ladies' Aid Society, composed of ladies
who are Universalists, are at present the moving factor
which sustains the gatherings. This society raises and
contributes a fund for the support of preaching. It was or-
ganized in I88o, with Mrs. Frank Foster as President; Mr.i
I. Kelly, Vice President; Mrs. Blanche Thompson, Secretary
and Mrs. George Button, Treasurer. Its present officers
are: Mrs. Frank Wilbur, President; Mrs. Beach, Vice Presi-
dent; Mrs. B. B. Keith, Secretary; Mrs. Hannah Langley,
Treasurer., The present membership of the society is 24.
The present pastor engaged by them is Rev. M. G. Todd.
The citizens of the junction petitioned for a post oifice in
1 862 and in that year John W. Wood received the appoint-
medt of postmaster.   His successors have been: Miss
Frances Bullis, Israel Castel, and F. C. Buten, who was ap-
pointed in April, 1868. The office is a transfer one but is
not designated as such. Mails close as follows: east, I p.
M., west, 4:3o; arrive from the west, i:I 7, from the east, 5:o5.

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