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The "Drys" Have It

dame fashionThe Summit Herald of October 5, 1923 reported that Common Council had received bids for a new fire truck, all around $13,000. At the state Republican convention in Trenton, the "Drys" supporting Prohibition soundly defeated the "Wets". Naturalist Dr. Raymond Ditmars was scheduled to give a series of lectures on wild animals, illustrated by moving pictures. Admission was $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for students. Mrs. Miriam Wallace announced that she would be offering classes in folk dancing and eurythmy at the Calvary Church parish house.

In the classifieds: Lost, a green parrot with a red throat. Found, a fur scarf. For sale, a squirrel coat, never worn. Help wanted, an experiences waitress and chambermaid (German or Scandinavian).

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Shot by a Friend

miladyThe Summit Herald of September 28, 1917 reported that Mayor Ruford Franklin of Summit and Dr. Harry Dengler of Springfield drove down to Fort Dix to visit the recently-drafted local men who were going through basic training, and found them cheerful and in good health.

Albert Lager, 15-year-old son of Councilman John Lager was accidently shot by a friend who found a .38 revolver which he thought was unloaded. Albert’s older brother drove him to Overlook Hospital, where a surgeon removed the bullet from his liver. He was expected to recover. The Editor suggested that this incident should inspire lectures on gun safety in all of the Summit schools.

Mr. Carroll P. Bassett was driving his electric car away from his home on Hobart Avenue when he spotted two men on bicycles ahead of him. He rang his bell, and the two bicyclists separated to let him pass. Suddenly, the man on the right swerved back into the center of the road. Mr. Bassett slammed on his brakes and turned the steering lever sharply, but his car struck the man, who was taken to the hospital and died about an hour later. The victim was Alexander Russo, who worked for Mr. Bassett as a gardener. He had married ten days earlier.

The Office of Home Economics at the State Agricultural College shared several recipes for grapes, including Grape Juice and Grape Marmalade.

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A Man about Town on a Tricycle

budhurstThe Summit Herald of September 21, 1928 reported that Miss Esther Underwood of Summit married Charles “Chick” Evans at the Lake Placid Club Chapel. Mr. Evans, a well-known amateur golf player, was the only man to have won the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open in the same year (1916). The wedding was kept secret until a few weeks beforehand, and the ceremony was restricted to immediate family. The bride wore a dress of periwinkle blue and a gray hat.

A notable sight on the streets of Summit was 23-year-old Albert Hartman, on his hand-propelled tricycle. Hartman, the new business secretary at the YMCA, lost the use of his legs at the age of four to Infantile Paralysis [polio]. In high school, he was a competitive swimmer, using only his arms. He was in the habit of riding three to four miles a day at an average speed of 8 MPH, with short sprints of up to 15 MPH.

Nineteen-year-old Boy Scout Reese Davis returned from a cross-country drive to San Francisco along the Lincoln Highway with four other scouts. Davis was the primary driver and mechanic. The group gave safety demonstrations in 65 towns to enthusiastic crowds. They were greeted by many mayors (in in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by the Governor).  Most of the trip was uneventful, but Davis confessed that on the return leg he was stopped by a policeman in a small town for speeding at 22 MPH.  [For more details about the expedition, click here.

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