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32 Arrested in Raid on "Disorderly House"

ginghamThe Summit Herald of April 6, 1923 reported that preparations were underway for the annual Overlook Hospital charity ball. This year’s theme was to be Venice in carnival time. Former Summit mayor Ruford Franklin had been appointed State Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War. This was a volunteer position responsible for handling applications to Citizens’ Military Training Camps—former military camps repurposed to teach military preparedness to civilians. Daylight-savings was to begin on the last Sunday in April. Although it had not been legally imposed nationwide since the end of the World War, it was adopted by New York City, Newark, Hoboken, and other large towns, forcing smaller municipalities like Summit to do the same. A detailed map showed the proposed location of Memorial Field.

“Broadcast Bill’s” column noted happily that the Summit Public Library had started carrying a major magazine for radio enthusiasts. The “Heraldings for Housewives” column provided a recipe for bran cookies. The police arrested 32 men in a raid on a house on Chestnut Avenue. They confiscated 30 quarts of whiskey and gin, as well as dice, decks of cards, poker chips, and several “kittys” of money. The two proprietors of the illegal club were arrested for possession of liquor and running a disorderly house; the others were charged with disturbing the peace.

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