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Hurricane Devastates Florida

gingeraleThe Summit Herald of October 19, 1928 reported that Common Council was considering an ordinance to prohibit burning leaves in the gutters of recently-paved streets. The local chapter of the Red Cross raised $2602 for hurricane disaster relief in Florida and the West Indies. A former Summit resident sent a letter describing the devastation around Lake Okeechobee: destroyed buildings, flooded roads, and hundreds of homeless living in Red Cross tents.

The Summit Republican Club published a full-page ad supporting presidential candidate Herbert Hoover. New Jersey was expected to be a battleground state in the election. Over 20 Summit residents, mostly members of the Kiwanis Club, were taken on a tour of the Ford Motor plant in Kearny.

The Roth-Strand Theater was showing a Tom Mix western, and "Ham and Eggs at the Front", a war comedy in which all the cast, including Myrna Loy,  wore blackface. In the classifieds: A Steinway baby grand piano for sale. For less talented music lovers, "for sale cheap" a player piano with more than fifty rolls of music.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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