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Silence on the [Basketball] Court

plumbingThe Summit Herald of January 11, 1908 reported that Common Council received a letter from Mayor Risk urging the Council to offer a reward for information about a recent string of burglaries in the city. Residents of Hobart Avenue decided to hire a special night watchman to guard their homes.

The Summit Express Company announced that they would be discontinuing their livery business, and would be selling off their horse, wagons, and harness. The Fortnightly Club celebrated its 15th anniversary with a luncheon at the Hotel Beechwood. The Summit Spartans basketball team played a new opponent—the Silent Five of Newark, a team of deaf-mute individuals. The Spartans won, 52-38. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Summit announced a special speaker: Col. George W. Bain, the “silver-tongued orator” of Kentucky. Harry Spinning of Summit won third place for his Black Orpington cockerel at the Morris County Poultry Association. Reports from Panama indicated that progress on digging the canal was speeding up.

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The Most Dangerous Road in the County

oopsThe Summit Herald of January 4, 1927 reported that the New Year had been welcomed in with many celebrations. Over 500 dancers attended the Patrolmen’s Ball at St. Teresa Hall. A quieter gathering of 50 attended the Community Watch Night service at the YWCA, with songs, meditations, prayers, and socializing.

Mayor Cornish addressed Common Council. He praised their plans for the coming year, especially the paving of Springfield Avenue, which he described as “the most dangerous road in the county”.

The Subscription Concert committee announced that the next concert would feature cellist Pablo Casals playing works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Handel, and Beethoven. Two Summit men were arrested on the charge of selling alcohol on New Year’s Eve. No alcohol was found on the premises, and they were released on bail, pending trial. Jersey Central Power & Light advertised an electric warming pad for only $8.50 (95₵ down, $1 per month).

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Ambulance Delay Due to Snow, Lack of Horses

candyThe Summit Herald of December 28, 1917 reported that the Christmas Eve celebration at the municipal tree was attended by 2000 people. It began with 100 children , carrying lighted candles and singing carols, marching from the YMCA to the tree in Bonnel Park. The tree was lit by 100 electric lights, and topped with a large electric star. Electricity was provided for free by Commonwealth Electric.

The President of Overlook Hospital responded to a patient complaint about the delay of the ambulance to his house. It was unfortunate but unavoidable, he said, as there were 16 inches of snow on the ground, and the patient's home was a full mile away. All eight of the horses for hire in Summit were in use. Nevertheless, the ambulance arrived after an hour and a half, though one of the horses was ill the next day.

The Free Wool Committee of the Summit chapter reported that in the past month they had shipped a large quantity of knitted garments to the troops: 320 sweaters, 120 mufflers, 480 wristlets, and 220 helmets.

The Subscription Concerts committee announced that world-famous French organist Joseph Bonnet would be performing at the Central Presbyterian Church. The Lyric Theatre advertised Charles Chaplin in "The Adventurer".

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