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Patriotic Meeting

dodgeThe Summit Herald of February 16, 1917 reported that a patriotic mass meeting would be held at the Lyric Theatre, sponsored by the Summit chapter of the National Defense Organization, and with Major General Leonard Wood, former Army Chief of Staff, as a guest speaker. A patient at Fair Oaks Sanitarium broke away from his attendant and jumped from the Springfield Avenue bridge onto the railroad tracks. A train passed over him without striking him, but he died of shock several hours later. The YMCA hosted the annual Boy Scouts fathers and sons banquet. The Summit Equal Suffrage League met at the home of their president, Mrs. John Dey, to discuss the subject of prison reform. The Summit branch of the NJ Association Opposed to Woman’s Suffrage cancelled its monthly meeting. In the Church bowling league, the YMCA team was in the lead, with the Presbyterians in last place. Mrs. Carroll P. Bassett shared a letter she received from an American aid worker, describing how the money raised by the children of Summit was being used to help war orphans in France.

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War Won't Last Long

february coiffuresThe Summit Herald of February 9, 1940 reported that Boy Scout troops created special window displays in local stores to honor the 30th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Former German official Max Brauer spoke at the First Baptist Church, saying that Hitler’s aim was to dominate all of Europe. He advised the audience that America should stay out of the war, which he predicted would be much shorter than the 1914-1918 war, as the German people would surely revolt against Hitler when conditions became intolerable. In January, 177 people found jobs through the Summit office of the New Jersey State Employment Service. The Strand Theater was showing “Balalaika”, starring Nelson Eddy as an aristocratic Russian captain in love with a beautiful singer from a family of revolutionaries, while the Strand Theater presented Laurel and Hardy in “The Flying Deuces”.

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A Concert of Light

knickersThe Summit Herald of February 2, 1923 reported that inventor Thomas Wilfred would be coming to Summit with his clavilux, or ‘color organ’ to perform at the concert of the Summit Choral Society. The editorial page condemned the activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana and praised the defeat of the Bursum Bill, which would have weakened the land and water rights of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico. Closer to home, it expressed serious concern about a trade in bootleg liquor among boys in Summit, some as young as 16. Guest lecturer Rev. John Haynes Holmes spoke at All Souls’ Church on conditions in post-war Europe. He recommended cancelling the war debt owed by Germany to France, and commented on changes in Russia under the Bolshevik government.

 In the classified ads, lost items included a silk navy blue umbrella, a gold fountain pen, a tire chain, and a child’s fur neck piece made from Australian opossum. “H.C.M” was selling monkey-fur capes at reasonable prices. The radio section contained broadcast schedules for local stations, as well as 4 circuit diagrams for radio amateurs to design their own crystal sets.

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