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High School Band Hits High Note

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The Summit Herald of May 5, 1941 reported that the Union County Board Association was considering having women serve on juries, due in part to the difficulty of finding qualified men. A student from Summit was one of the winners of a nationwide essay competition on National Unity. The prize included a flight over New York City in an Eastern Air Lines “Silverliner” airplane. The Strand Theater advertised the new hit musical, “The Road to Zanzibar” starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, while the Lyric offered Sonja Henie and Ray Milland in “Everything Happens at Night”. The Summit High School Band took second place in its category in a national musical competition in Atlantic City, despite the handicap of lacking an oboe, bassoon, and English horn (due to insufficient funding). The band was honored by being included in a mass performance conducted by Leopold Stokowski, Director of the Philadelphia Symphony.

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Rats!

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The Summit Herald of April 28, 1925 reported that a truck with a suspicious driver was stopped in town by a police officer. The driver claimed the 6 barrels in the truck contained legal "near beer", but the officer replied, "Don't you believe it, Chief, that's high power stuff." An exterminator hired by the Board of Health eliminated 300 to 400 rats during his first week's work. In the classified ads, lost items included $15 in bills and a gray squirrel neckpiece, while someone found a large tan dog. In celebration of Boy's Week, a local Scoutmaster organized a hike for boys to Feltville Lake, accompanied by former missionary H.K.W. Kumm, who promised to tell stories around the campfire of his adventures in Africa.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Presidential Politics

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The Summit Record of April 21, 1900 reported that the Republicans of the Eighth Congressional District met in Belleville to choose two delegates to attend the Republican National Convention scheduled for June in Philadelphia, and predicted the re-election of President McKinley. The Lackawanna Railroad offered commuter tickets to New York for 10 cents. The Children’s Aid & Protective Society of Orange advertised for Protestant families willing to foster children aged 2 to 8.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php