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Torpedo Survivor Returns Home

NY shopsThe Summit Herald of November 30, 1917 reported that the Community Market, which allowed local farmers to sell produce directly to consumers, would be closing down until spring
John N. May, Jr. arrived home from Europe on the S.S. Rochambeau. He had been serving with an American ambulance corps and the transport department of the American Field Service. At the end of his six-month enlistment, he attempted to reenlist, but was denied for medical reasons. He began his trip home on the Finland, which was torpedoed by a German U boat. Ten lives were lost. May was one of 223 aboard the ship who got onto life boats and were picked up by patrol boats.

The paper also published a letter from Mrs. Henry Conkling who was working with an American charity in Paris. She thanked her friends back in Summit for all they had sent to help the poor, refugees, and war orphans. The donations included money, warm winter clothing, hand-knit baby items, and an artificial leg.

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