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Wandering Chickens

ice companyThe Summit Herald of May 4, 1917 reported that local election boards would be used for a “military census” to compile names of men eligible for the soon-to-be-passed selective service bill. The Summit chapter of the National Defense Organization added an automobile unit and a hospital corps. Plans were announced for the upcoming Better Babies Week (May 14-18), with lectures, moving pictures, and practical demonstrations. At the annual meeting of the Fortnightly Club, members voted to approve donations to the public library and to a fund for Belgian orphans. The issue of women’s suffrage was discussed, and the club decided to take no official stance on it. Mayor Ruford Franklin sent a detailed letter to Common Council, covering a variety of issues. He was concerned about Council’s criticisms of the police department, offered recommendations for road maintenance (driveways not level with sidewalks, “groggy-looking” old street signs), and passed along public complaints about chickens invading neighboring gardens.

In the classified ads, James Geddis advertised space for cars in his new, fireproof garage. A 6-room house was available for rent at $20 per month. The Union County Mosquito Commission was looking to hire male laborers (must be citizens) for 8-hour work days at 30¢ per hour.

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

A Memorial Tree

essoThe Summit Herald of April 27, 1928 reported that the electrification of the Morris & Essex branch of the Lackawanna Railroad would apply only to passenger trains; freight trains would continue to run on steam.  Arbor Day was observed at Franklin School by the planting of a Norway Spruce in memory of Russell Cain, a first-grade student who had recently passed away.  The Summit Red Sox prepared for the first game of the season in the Lackawanna League against the Springfield Stars.

In the classified ads, the New York Girl Coat Co. (Morris Ave & Weaver St.) was looking for an experienced bookkeeper, an intelligent boy as a receiving clerk, and an elderly man for a day watchman and “to make himself generally useful”. The Strand Theatre was showing “My Best Girl” starring Mary Pickford, and Charlie Chaplin in “The Circus”. Dodge Brothers announced a contest for the best slogan for their new Victory Six car; the top prize would be $1000. The Grand Dragon of the KKK in New Jersey invited all of the NJ GOP candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator to a private meeting in Newark to be interviewed about their views on Americanism. All of them declined.

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

Off to See Buffalo Bill

gas rangeThe Summit Herald of April 20, 1901 reported that Rev. Alexander Tuttle, the new pastor at the Methodist Episcopal Church, would be giving his first sermon. At the Common Council Meeting, the Assistant Fire Chief reported on a recent chimney fire which was extinguished at the “considerable cost” of $12. He recommended that the Council pass an ordinance requiring homeowners to clean their chimneys annually, and to impose a fine if the Fire Department was called out for a fire that resulted from a chimney not being cleaned. A group of schoolchildren, teachers, and ladies took the train into New York City to enjoy the spectacle of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

The classified ads listed a variety of horses for sale, from a bay mare to a team of heavy horse (and a farm wagon).  Those in need of a good coachman could hire a “first class German”, married but without children, who was also experienced at gardening.

An anarchist from Argentina was arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate the German emperor. Captured papers indicated that he was acting on orders from anarchists in Paterson, who also planned to kill the czar of Russia and the king and queen of Italy. An epidemic of bubonic plague was reported in Australia.

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