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Swimming the Canal, Bamming the Ivories

dry cleaningThe Summit Herald of August 31, 1928 reported that Summit resident Henry Birdsall Marsh had been chosen as the architect of a half-million-dollar building at Drew University. Summit was the meeting place for members of the NJ State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. A recent session of the Debating Club focused on the candidates for the upcoming presidential election: Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Two young men from Summit returned from a summer cruise of 28,000 miles as cadets on the steamship “American Legion”, journeying to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Items for sale in the classifieds included a 1925 Star touring car ( $75), an Atwater Kent 5-tube radio set, a Thor electric washing machine, and elderberries.

Aviator Arthur Goebel, Jr. flew from Los Angeles to New York in 18 hours 58 minutes. For the first time ever, the locks of the Panama Canal opened for a person, not a ship, as American adventurer Richard Halliburton swam the length of the canal. In Berlin, Edward Kemp set a world record for non-stop piano playing, having “bammed the ivories” for 82 hours.

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Those Dam Kids

coalThe Summit Herald of August 24, 1917 was full of news about war preparations. The Summit draft board was giving health examinations to 150 men per day. The Red Cross urged local women to spend some time in the sewing workshop at the YMCA to make bandages, or to pick up some donated wool and start knitting warm garments for troops overseas.  At Denmary Farm in Murray Hill, a lawn fete was held to raise funds for the Red Cross. The event included dance exhibitions accompanied by an orchestra from Morristown. Supper on the lawn was lit by electric lights, with current provided for free by Commonwealth Electric of Summit. The event raised $200.

Former Summit resident George Herbert Manley died in an aviation accident in France. He had volunteered for service shortly after war was declared, and had been scheduled to be sent to the front.

78-year-old Francis Stone passed away two weeks before his 51st wedding anniversary. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the New York State Militia in 1862.

Patrolman Patrick Kelly rounded up a group of a dozen boys who were swimming in the brook near Tulip Street. Though it was normally shallow, they had built a temporary dam to back up the flow of the stream. They boys were taken to the police station and given a reprimand.

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Larned Wins again!

daily bathThe Summit Herald of August 17, 1907 reported that Summit resident and champion tennis player William Larned won the Eastern Doubles Championship with W.J. Clothier of Philadelphia as his partner. Fred Brenn of Russell Place lost his barn and two horses to fire, despite the best efforts of the fire department. Neighbors attempted to rescue the horses, but were driven back by the extreme heat. The blaze was put out after two hours, and did not spread to any other buildings.
President Roosevelt announced that he would not interfere personally in the nationwide telegraphers’ strike, which shut down communications all over the country. Residents of Town Creek, Alabama, began a petition to rename their town Teddyville, in honor of the President. The Pope Manufacturing Company, one of the largest producers of autos and bicycles in the U.S., went into receivership.
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