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600 Doughnuts and a Clown

woodcockThe Summit Herald of October 26, 1923 reported that the YMCA and the Rotary Club were planning a Halloween party for the boys of Summit. Entertainment included 6 reels of moving pictures, and a professional clown. For refreshments: 600 sugared doughnuts and 20 gallons of cider.

All Souls' Church celebrated its 10th anniversary. Jersey Central Power and Light invited the public to the high school to view a free moving picture about the day-to-day workings of the company. Motor Vehicle Commissioner William Dill addressed the Business Men's Club. He spoke of the growth of the automobile industry, and of the increase in auto-related deaths. In the first 8 months of the year, 235 people died in automobile accidents in New Jersey--more than died of typhoid fever, scarlet fever, and whooping cough combined.

In the classifieds, Timmie Prout offered a reward for the return of his lost kitten. For sale: a squirrel coat for $500, a mink coat lining for $90, an Encyclopedia Britannica (9th ed., 25 volumes) for $5, and a yellow Guernsey cow

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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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A Colorful Wedding

boxerThe Summit Herald of October 12, 1901 reported that a representative of the Lackawanna Railroad met with a special committee of the Common Council to discuss lowering the tracks into a below-ground cut. The work was expected to cost half a million dollars. The Ancient Order of Foresters planned an evening of public entertainment with a comedian, juggler, and several musicians. In addition, the Edison projectoscope company was to show moving pictures related to the Pan-American Exposition and the assassination of President McKinley.

The wedding of Miss Winnifred Sackett and Mr. Edwin Risley took place in the Central Presbyterian Church, which was decorated in yellow and purple (the colors of Williams College, the groom's alma mater). The matron of honor wore her white lace wedding gown, and carried purple asters. The bridesmaids, in pale yellow silk, carried daisies. By an interesting coincidence, it was the 43rd wedding anniversary of the officiant, Rev. Theodore Frelinghuysen White.

In foreign news, the Marconi wireless company made an agreement with the Lloyd shipping agency to install "wireless apparatus" at Lloyd's offices around the world.

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