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New Cases of Infantile Paralysis (polio)

polioThe Summit Record of August 18, 1916 reported that two new cases of infantile paralysis [polio] were discovered in Summit. One of the children was a resident of a six-family tenement on Aubrey Street. The building was placed under a 2-week quarantine, which was enforced by a barbed-wire fence and the presence of a police officer. A scene for a moving picture was filmed at the Summit train station. The Summit area was popular with movie producers because of the natural beauty of the region. Summit letter carrier David Carter returned from Douglas, Arizona, where his unit of the New Jersey National Guard had been stationed in the conflict against Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

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