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An Easter Cotillion

YMCAbasketballThe Summit Herald of April 13, 1907 reported that the YMCA junior basketball team finished a successful season, having won 12 out of 16 games. The dancing class of Miss Grace Porter’s school held an Easter cotillion, which concluded with a serpentine dance and a confetti “battle”. News came from Dresden that former Summit resident Miss Jayta Humphreys had married Captain Heinrich von Wolf of the German Army. Miss Humphreys’ stepfather, T. St. John Gaffney, was the American Consul in Dresden. Miss Ida Mawson, of London, advertised her services as a singing teacher. A generous award was offered for the return of a missing white bull terrier. Union Hose Company No. 1 was called out to extinguish a blaze in a pile of manure in a vacant lot. It was brought under control within two hours.

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32 Arrested in Raid on "Disorderly House"

ginghamThe Summit Herald of April 6, 1923 reported that preparations were underway for the annual Overlook Hospital charity ball. This year’s theme was to be Venice in carnival time. Former Summit mayor Ruford Franklin had been appointed State Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War. This was a volunteer position responsible for handling applications to Citizens’ Military Training Camps—former military camps repurposed to teach military preparedness to civilians. Daylight-savings was to begin on the last Sunday in April. Although it had not been legally imposed nationwide since the end of the World War, it was adopted by New York City, Newark, Hoboken, and other large towns, forcing smaller municipalities like Summit to do the same. A detailed map showed the proposed location of Memorial Field.

“Broadcast Bill’s” column noted happily that the Summit Public Library had started carrying a major magazine for radio enthusiasts. The “Heraldings for Housewives” column provided a recipe for bran cookies. The police arrested 32 men in a raid on a house on Chestnut Avenue. They confiscated 30 quarts of whiskey and gin, as well as dice, decks of cards, poker chips, and several “kittys” of money. The two proprietors of the illegal club were arrested for possession of liquor and running a disorderly house; the others were charged with disturbing the peace.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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Hurrying to the Altar

telephone courtesyThe Summit Herald of March 30, 1917 reported that Mellicent Whitlock and Clinton Van Cise would be married the next day, though their wedding was originally scheduled for the fall. It was expected that the U.S. would be entering the European war very soon, and as Mr. Van Cise was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, he would likely be called up for active service. Private J.P. Jensen of the Canadian Black Watch was scheduled to give a talk at All Souls’ Church about his experiences in the trenches. He was visiting New York to consult with medical specialists about his shrapnel wounds.

Ten-year-old Ernest Guardilla was struck by a car on his way home from school. He had been riding on the tailgate of a truck, and fell. The driver of the car took him to Overlook Hospital, where he later died. The driver was not charged. A note on the editorial page condemned the habit of boys “hitching” rides, and said it was surprising that more children in Summit had not been injured or killed.

General George Goethals, former Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal was appointed State Engineer of New Jersey. In the classified ads, someone was selling an Edison phonograph and 80 wax records for $15 (original cost, $200), and a moving picture machine and 2,000 feet of films for $6. The Summit Garden Club announced a contest for the best small vegetable gardens; the 6 winners would receive cash prizes.

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