Milton History

a pictorial history of Milton, PA

Historical Timeline

|-- 1768 Land purchased from the Indians
|-- 1769 The Philadelphia Land Office opened, making the land available for purchase by the public
|-- 1770 Marcus Hulings bought the "big island" from the Proprietaries
|-- 1772 Marcus Hulings built a tavern near the bend in Limestone Run
|-- 1772 Marcus Hulings Jr. built a blacksmith shop about where Lincoln Park is now
|-- 1774 George McCandlish built a home and tavern, which served as a meeting place for political gatherings
|-- 1776 Revolutionary War begins
|-- 1779 Andrew Straub built a log house on the east side of Front Street
|-- 1779 The “great runaway” began in July, when the British and Indians attacked Fort Freeland
|-- 1779 They drove all local inhabitants south to Fort Augusta in Sunbury and beyond
|-- 1782 Bethuel Vincent bought the island from Hulings
|-- 1783 Revolutionary War ends
|-- 1783 Hostilities with the British and Indians came to an end, and people began returning to their properties
|-- 1787 Constitutional Convention - U.S. Constitution drafted in Philadelphia
|-- 1787 Pennsylvania becomes a state
|-- 1789 Bill of Rights adopted
|-- 1789 President George Washington inaugurated
|-- 1790 Andrew Straub bought 200 acres on Limestone Run from the insolvent estate of Colonel Turbutt Francis
|-- 1790 James Black bought 35 acres from Broadway north to Locust Street. He later sold it to the Pollocks
|-- 1792 Andrew Straub built the first grist mill
|-- 1792 Andrew Straub laid out that portion of the town south of Broadway
|-- 1793 Andrew Straub built a new house near where Center Street meets Filbert Street
|-- 1795 John Armstrong built the first tannery
|-- 1796 James Black built the first stone house
|-- 1796 First schoolhouse built of logs
|-- 1797 President John Adams inaugurated
|-- 1800 First post office, in the tavern of Bethuel Vincent
|-- 1801 President Thomas Jefferson inaugurated
|-- 1809 President James Madison inaugurated
|-- 1809 First stage coach for mail - Northumberland to Williamsport
|-- 1812 War of 1812 begins
|-- 1814 War of 1812 ends
|-- 1816 Flour mill built by George Eckert on Limestone Run
|-- 1817 President James Monroe inaugurated
|-- 1817 Milton was incorporated as a borough
|-- 1817 Great Limestone Run Flood
|-- 1817 First newspaper - The Miltonian
|-- 1825 President John Quincy Adams inaugurated
|-- 1829 President Andrew Jackson inaugurated
|-- 1829 The canal was completed up to Muncy
|-- 1830 The population of Milton was 1352
|-- 1830 Iron foundry of Joseph Rhoads established
|-- 1832 The first steam-powered flower mill was built by Fleming W. Pollock
|-- 1833 The first bridge across the river at Milton was completed
|-- 1837 Samuel Morse invents the telegraph
|-- 1842 The first steam sawmill was built by Dr. William McCleery
|-- 1847 Major flood
|-- 1850 The population of Milton was 1649
|-- 1850 The first telegraph office, in the store of William F. Nagle
|-- 1852 The first railroad service
|-- 1855 Saw and planing mill - Balliet, Billmeyer & Goodlander established
|-- 1855 Milton National Bank established
|-- 1856 Wilson Fly-net factory established (fly protection for horses)
|-- 1861 Milton Gas Company established - illuminating gas made from bituminous coal
|-- 1860 Centre Street opened from Front Street to the railroad
|-- 1861 Civil War begins
|-- 1864 Milton Car Works - Murray, Dougal & Company established
|-- 1864 Civil War ends
|-- 1865 President Abraham Lincoln assassinated in Washington DC
|-- 1865 The Great Flood
|-- 1870 The Milton Academy of Music was established (where the Post Office is now)
|-- 1872 Milton Iron Company established - William A. Schreyer
|-- 1872 Shimer planing mill established - Samuel J. Shimer
|-- 1874 The first police force was created, consisting of 2 patrolmen
|-- 1875 Milton Nail Works established - Charles A. Godcharles
|-- 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone
|-- 1879 Thomas Edison invents the light bulb
|-- 1880 The Great Fire that wiped out 600 buildings in the business district
|-- 1880 S. J. Shimer & Sons established - cutterhead factory
|-- 1886 Major flood
|-- 1886 Reid Tobacco Company established
|-- 1888 Milton Manufacturing Company established - nuts & bolts
|-- 1889 Major flood
|-- 1890 Hotel Haag built
|-- 1893 West Branch Novelty Company established
|-- 1896 Spanish-American War begins
|-- 1901 President William McKinley assassinated in Buffalo, NY
|-- 1903 First airplane flown by the Wright Brothers
|-- 1905 West Branch Knitting established
|-- 1907 Souter Silk Company established
|-- 1916 Milton Manufacturing Company Shell Plant begins operations
|-- 1917 U.S. enters WWI
|-- 1918 WWI ends
|-- 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic kills 500,000 people in the U.S.
|-- 1919 Milton Manufacturing Company shell production ends
|-- 1920 U.S. economic depression lasting for two years
|-- 1920 First radio broadcast, in Pittsburgh
|-- 1920 19th Amendment gives women the right to vote
|-- 1926 Milton Manufacturing Company enters bankruptcy
|-- 1929 The Great Depression begins
|-- 1936 Major flood