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Pageant Cancelled Because of Flu Fears

skinnayThe Summit Herald of October 4, 1918 reported that the people of Summit were more than halfway to their goal to raise $768,000 for the Fourth Liberty Loan. An elaborate pageant by the schoolchildren was scheduled for Liberty Day (October 12), but had to be cancelled. The health authorities were afraid that there was too much risk of infection from Spanish Flu at such a large public gathering.

Other plans for Liberty Day/Columbus Day remained on the calendar. The Order of Independent Figli Italia planned a parade of about 150 people in the afternoon, including the Summit Municipal Band. The Fire Companies of Summit scheduled a block dance on Bank Street, with the proceeds going to a fund to purchase Christmas presents for Summit men serving overseas.

Clocks were to be turned back one hour on the last Sunday of October, according to the Daylight Saving Act which was passed in March, 1918.

The Red Cross announced they were in need to volunteers for their work rooms, to assemble 5,000 contagious-ward face masks to be shipped overseas.

In the Classifieds: Lost, a pair of blue pants. Return to A.C. Baker, tailor. Lost, a lady's gold watch, inscribed December 30, 1890. Help Wanted: A chauffeur/gardener. Must have deferred qualification in the draft. Girl wanted: Must be able to operate typewriter.

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