Christopher Meyer introduces the industrial era to Bergen's Mill with the
Meyer Rubber Co.
Fire destroys the rubber factory and Meyer's home, leaving him penniless.
John Ford advances Meyer the money to rebuild. It is in this period of
time that the name Bergen's Mill begins to be replaced with Milltown, most
likely stemming from people saying they are "going to the mill in town."
Phillip Kuhlthau, the first in a great wave of German immigrants, arrives
in Milltown from New York City. German peasants suffering from poverty and
general hardship seek a new life in new surroundings. Kuhlthau is among
those to flee after his village of Oberzell experiences great hardship.
After three years of working at the rubber mill, he returns to Germany to
tell of the opportunity that abounds in America, leading friends and
family to Milltown.
Milltown Library Association organizes to make books available to the
public. A great number of books written in German are purchased for the
large German-speaking population.
Kuhlthau, in the role he assumes as leader of the German wave of
immigrants, makes a provision for their final resting place with the
formation of Van Liew Cemetery Association.
The first official school, called District No. 28, is constructed.
December 12 - The Federal Government establishes Milltown's first post
Phone service comes to town. Meyer Rubber Works and NJ Rubber Shoe Works
are the first customers.
October 9 - Citizens approve secession from North Brunswick. On Oct. 22, a
special election is conducted to form a Borough Commission and to set town
March 4 - A Board of Commissioners to lead the town is chosen, and they
are sworn in on March 16.
June 9 - The first formal complaint is brought before the commissioners.
Boys playing ball in the neighborhood of Clay and Church are making too
July 4 - The first passenger train of the Raritan River Railroad Company,
operating between New Brunswick and South Amboy via Milltown, is given its
November 2 - Brunswick Traction Co. runs a car line through Milltown for
trolley service. In 1928, trolley service is replaced with buses.
Meyer Rubber Co. ceases operations.
April 20 - The State Legislature repeals an act relating to the form of
government utilized by Milltown. An act approved by the Legislature on
April 21 sets up the borough as it is now. The borough adopts May 7 as its
birthday, for this is the day the Commission meets and takes care of
business under the new form of government. The first regular police
officers are appointed.
Electric service finally reaches Milltown.
Russell Playing Card Co. opens.
Michelin Tire Co. arrives, to which much of the growth of the borough is
attributed as well as the second wave of immigration. A large number of
workers and their families come from France.
February 22 - The Milltown Fire Department is organized with a charter
membership of 83 men.
The Parent-Teacher Public Library of Milltown is organized. On Oct. 28 the
library opens in the Joyce Kilmer School, across the street from the
current library building.
Michelin Tire Company closes its doors, affecting the community
psychologically and financially. Milltown depended on the company for
"wages, entertainment and support." It doesn't help matters that this is
the time of the Great Depression. Most of the French workers return to
Russell Playing Card Co. moves to Ohio after acquisition by the United
States Playing Card Co.
October 22 - The Milltown Rescue Squad is organized. Nineteen men gather
in the firehouse.
December 9 - An ordinance introduced by the Borough Council establishes
the Milltown Police Department.
A new library organization, calling itself the Milltown Public Library
Association Inc., forms to work on bringing the library into a bigger
May 9 - The Milltown Historical Society is founded.
September 22 - The new Milltown Public Library opens.
Milltown's Library becomes municipalized, allowing for more funding.
November 1 - www.MilltownNJ.org debuts.