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USS Summit Launched

steamerThe Summit Herald of September 22, 1941 reported that a fire broke out in a supply closet at the Central Junior High School. Fortunately, students had already left the building, and the blaze was quickly brought under control by a custodian with a fire extinguisher. Mr. Roland Beattie of Mountain Avenue was dealing with the gasoline shortage by driving a 1909 Stanley Steamer, which ran on steam created by a kerosene burner. The Strand Theatre was showing “Aloma of the South Seas”, a romantic adventure starring Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall. At a shipyard in Rockland, Maine, Summit resident Miss Louise Dey officially launched a minesweeper, the USS Summit, named after this city.

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