Despite the community betterment societies, there were some
who found other activities more exciting. The "Daily Local News" reported in
"And now 'Mr.' Ned Cartwright, the artistic eye decorator
and nasal lacerator, who was whipped by 'Mr.' Tony Stannard, in a grand display
of pugilistic power, near the home of staid and sedate Joshua Jefferis, New
Garden, the other morning is whispering fraud.
He and his backer have issued the following for
'Ned Oartwright was defeated by John (Tony) Stannard, of
Wilmington, Dela. in a way that was not satisfactory to him or his friends. We
do not wish to disparage Stannard's ability but Cartwright was defeated by a
chance blow, and we are not sure that he would have been allowed to win, as the
crowd at the ringside was all for Stannard, Ned having been so careless as to
go and meet Stannard on his own ground, only taking two friends along.
It is questionable as to whether or no he was counted out
'on time' and he and his friends believe his defeat was due to that, coupled
with his over-confidence in himself.' "
The "News" wrote further:
"And now, 'Mr.' Cartwright and his backers want a return
game. Well, if they have it and go down again into New Garden, Joshua Jefferis
ought to be on hand with a corn stalk and a curry comb and 'Lather' both of
them out of the County. Untie the dogs, Joshua!"
A few years later, all the southern end of the Township
gathered at Southwood to watch the sparring match between one Mr. Stretch of
Kennett Square, and one Mr. Mitchell of Doe Run. Mitchell was way ahead before
the end of the first round. This so angered the spectators that they
interfered, the match was stopped, and the champion of "Scroggy" was never
It was common knowledge that moonshine was being distilled
from fermented molasses and rum, but the location of the still was never
revealed. And then, there was the monster that prowled McIntire's Woods. Even
today, some living in the area of Buttonwood Road near Landenberg speak of the
mysterious triangle on the old property where nothing grows, and from which
strange noises emanate, but no one has really seen the triangle, or heard the
noises! In 1886, there was a wild beast of some sort there whose cries were
heard for a mile around on a clear night. A few months after the first report,
a Wilmington newspaper reported that a Canadian Lynx had been killed along the
Wilmington and Northern Railroad, and that it was probably the beast that had
alarmed people for a few months in Northern Delaware, and Chester County. It
was believed to have escaped from a menagerie that had passed over the
Most activities in the southern end of the Township centered
about Landenberg which was a lively little village by the late 1800s, and
around Kaolin which achieved prosperity at just about the same time.