Millington Business Directory in July 1871
Published in the Kendall County Record, July 20, 1871
Edited & compiled by Elmer Dickson
This new railroad town, for the impetus it has received from the railroad warrants us in calling it new, is progressing rapidly. The sound of the hammer, the saw, and the mason's trowel is the prevailing music.
The new store of Worsley & Foster just opposite the depot, is headquarters now. The handsome room filled with its general merchandise is very attractive to the eye. When the other stores are built, the stock will be divided so as to give each merchant his own branch of trade. Mr. Foster is an experienced druggist. When his new store is completed he will occupy it as a druggist and grocer.
The foundation of a new hotel next west of Worsley & Foster's, is now being laid. It will be fine building, and will cost about $7,000. The Higby house, west again, will soon be fitted up for boarders. The new sidetrack is being put in and runs close to the warehouse just put up by Mr. Thomas Serrine. The building is nearly completed and will be ready for grain in two weeks. The warehouse will store between seven and eight thousand bushels of grain, and will cost about $2500.
Joe Jackson is busy as usual and is full of plans for the advancement of Mellington. Being tired of the railroad brown, his office has just put on a coat of virgin white, pure as the owner and occupant himself.
Major Biddulph is still at the mill, but employs his spare time in buying grain. He has put in a foundation for a new house to be done this fall.
Doctor Fowler has his old Newark house on a stone foundation, and is to build an addition to the main building. This will be occupied as a hardware store. The upstairs will house a tin shop and a harness shop. Chris. Wellflin, of Newark, is already located there as a harness maker and is doing well.
Just north of the schoolhouse stands a building, just put up, for a furniture store. By the way, the schoolhouse stands in a bad place, it is too public. A more retired place should be secured. The school closes the summer term this week Friday (tomorrow.)
Mr. Watters has his store chock full of goods. If He doesn't enlarge his storeroom, he will have to occupy the sidewalk.
C. A. Wilson keeps a "Livery, Boarding and Sale Stable," so the sign says.
Halsey, the station agent, is one of the busiest men in the burg. He can do anything from being a school director to chaffing a freight conductor. Why do these freight conductors swear so? Do they think it is manlier?
We saw a carload of furniture unloaded at the station for Fritts of Newark. It looked like business.
It is proposed to improve the waterpower at this place and establish some kind of manufacturing business that will employ a large number of hands.
Mellington has a prosperous future from present appearances.
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