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Adventures on the Road

swimsuitsThe Summit Herald of July 20, 1928 reported that Common Council voted to seek bids for paving 11 local streets with asphalt, although a petition from property owners favored concrete instead. The Board of Recreation agreed to permit Sunday baseball games at Soldiers’ Memorial Field, provided that no fees were charged and neither team was traveling from out of town.

World record holder Jimmy Jordan was scheduled do a 100-hour endurance drive through the streets of Summit without stopping to eat or sleep. Following his marathon cruise in a Pontiac automobile, Mr. Jordan planned to get some sleep—in the display window of Clickenger’s furniture store on Springfield Avenue. The stunt was sponsored by Clickenger’s, the H.F. Taylor Motor Car Company, and 7 other local businesses.

19-year-old Reese T. Davis, whose parents had recently moved to Summit, spent his summer helping to set another sort of driving record. He was a driver on the Boy Scout “covered wagon”—a REO Speedwagon altered to look like a pioneer covered wagon. Mr. Davis, 4 other Scouts, and 2 Scout directors were chosen to make the long drive from New York City to San Francisco on the Lincoln Highway.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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Rabid dogs attack

spotlessThe Summit Herald of July 13, 1917 reported that two women who graduated from the nursing school at Overlook Hospital were featured in a Hearst-Pathé newsreel. They had served in France with the Harvard Hospital Unit, and were filmed in England at a party hosted by Sir Thomas Lipton. To encourage food conservation, a community market was to open at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Beechwood Road, for local farmers and gardeners to sell their produce. Mayor Ruford Franklin proclaimed that any dogs found running loose in would be destroyed, unless they wore wire muzzles. At least 7 people in Summit were bitten by pet dogs which tested positive for rabies. The victims went to New York to undergo the Pasteur serum treatment. In a letter to the editor, Leila Smith (Mrs. G.H. Smith} stated that the issue of women's suffrage should be set aside for the duration of the war, and that both suffragists and "antis" should recognize that they were enlisted in a greater cause.

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

Homes, Sweet Homes

vienna bakeryThe Summit Herald of July 6, 1907 reported that at least 20 new homes were under construction in Summit, ranging from a “neat cottage” on Beechwood Road to a “palatial brick residence” on Hobart Avenue, while Mr. G.F. Vreeland was adding to the stable and carriage house on his property. Miss Irene Williams of Summit was married to Mr. Joseph Baldwin. The bride was the great-grand-daughter of Congressman Peter Wendover, who co-authored the bill decreeing that the number of states in the Union would be represented by the number of stars (not stripes) on the flag.


Young’s Bowling Alleys advertised the opening of a shooting gallery, with prizes offered to the best marksman. In the classified ads, a boy of about 13 was wanted to drive [a horse] and answer the telephone, and someone wished to rent an upright piano for 3 months.


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