The Summit Herald of January 5, 1917 reported on the death of “Summit’s First Citizen”, Hamilton Wright Mabie. As a young man he trained as a lawyer, but was best known as an author, editor, and public speaker. The flags at City Hall and the public schools were flown at half-mast for several days. Funeral services were conducted by the Episcopalian bishop of the Diocese of Newark as well as the past and present rectors of Calvary Church.
A mass meeting was held at the Lyric Theatre to denounce German cruelties in occupied Belgium, and a resolution was signed and sent to President Wilson, requesting that the United States take a stand. The Belgian Consul in New York was sent a copy of the resolution, and expressed his thanks. Two long letters to the Editor objected to the resolution on the grounds that it would threaten the United States’ neutrality, and drag us into the European war.
The University Association presented a program on current conditions in Mexico. Speakers included several men from Summit who had served with the National Guard on the Mexican border. Meetings were held in Union County for the New Jersey State Woman Suffrage Association and the New Jersey Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. A subscription concert was advertised at Beechwood Hall by Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger. He would be performing works by Bach, Ravel, and Grieg, as well as his own arrangements of English and Irish folk tunes.
The Lyric Theatre advertised a repeat screening of “The Common Law”, a 1916 film, some of which was filmed in and around Summit.
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