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New High School Dedicated

army of shoesThe Summit Herald of June 15, 1923 reported that the new high school would be dedicated the following Monday, with special programs following each evening, including a concert, a Summit Playhouse production, and motion pictures. The Business Men’s Association discussed the possibility of installing modern electric streetlights in the the downtown area. The Lyric Theatre (“The Coolest Place in Summit”) was showing the silent film “Down to the Sea in Ships”, starring Clara Bow. The “Heraldings for Housewives” column gave a recipe for a basic cake, with variations to turn it into pound cake, fruit cake, or Devil’s Food. “For the Motorist” gave auto maintenance tips for those planning a vacation motor tour: check the gears for chipped teeth, rinse out the crank case with kerosene before refilling with oil, and make sure that spark plugs and magnetic interruptor points are clean

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Kindness Rewarded

summerwearThe Summit Herald of June 8, 1928 reported that four young men from Summit drove to Montreal for the weekend. They made the 450-mile trip in 16 hours, averaging just under 32 MPH. The local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution announced they would donate a new 8 by 10 foot flag for the city flagpole in Bonnel Park. The editors weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision permitting the wiretapping the phones of bootleggers.

Miss Helen Campbell, a bank employee in Summit, was due to inherit $8,000 because of a lucky mistake and an act of kindness. She rang the doorbell for the wrong apartment, and met Mrs. Eliza Burris, who was ill and alone. Miss Campbell befriended Mrs. Burris, and returned to visit her. It was later discovered that Mrs. Burris was the long-lost sister of famous stage actress, Clara Morris. Mrs. Burris inherited her sister’s estate, but died one month later. She left it to the young woman who had been so kind to her.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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Preparing for War

wartimeThe Summit Herald of June 1, 1917 reported that Governor Edge had requested that all New Jerseyans—the general public as well as government officials—help make the upcoming draft registration run smoothly. He also declared that day (June 5) to be an official state holiday and day of prayer. All men between the ages of 21 and 31 were to register. Volunteers from the National Defense Organization prepared 24 garden plots behind the Neighborhood House for the use of local residents. Mrs. John Dey was distributing leaflets on preserving fruits and vegetables. Ruford D. Franklin, son of Mayor Franklin, was given a commission in the Aviation Corps of the U.S. Army.

The new golf course at Canoe Brook was opened on Memorial Day, with a tournament which raised $200 for the ambulance service war fund. Another tournament, at Baltusrol, raised $2000 for the same cause.

A recipe for “Spanish meatballs” called for balls of ground beef, bread crumbs and egg cooked in a sauce of canned tomato, onion, and garlic or cayenne to taste.

In the “For Sale” column, rhubarb was offered for 1¢ per large stalk, delivered. All proceeds would go towards feeding a Belgian baby.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php