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Presidential Election Results

mckinleyThe Summit Herald of November 10, 1900 reported that Summit had its largest voter turnout ever, and reelected President William McKinley (and new running mate Theodore Roosevelt) over William Jennings Bryan by a wide margin.  Some local residents had made bets on the election results. Payment did not involve money; the losers had to give the winners rides in a wheelbarrow. A paper by the President of the Library Board of Trustees was read aloud at a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, urging that the library receive funding of $1000 per year from the city, as the current annual funding of $150 (plus fines and donations) was just enough for maintenance, and did not cover the purchase of new books. Magician Alexander Victor (“the man of mystery”) was scheduled to perform in Summit; tickets were priced at 25¢, 35¢, and 50¢.

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

Activist Speaks at Local Church

summit cycleThe Summit Herald of November 3, 1922 reported that a charitable card party at the Hotel Beechwood raised the “magnificent sum” of $1506.50 for Overlook Hospital. The WCTU urged voters to elect candidates who would continue to support Prohibition. At All Soul’s Church, activist Jane Addams of Hull House spoke about immigration law and conditions in post-war Europe. New books at the Summit Public Library included Zane Grey’s travelogue “Tales of Lonely Trails” and “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis. The cooking column offered recipes from “famous Summit cooks” for corn meal griddle cakes and dark nut bread.

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

 

How to Prevent Appendicitis

evening mealThe Summit Herald of October 27, 1906 reported that the Summit Athletic Association was to be reorganized, with a new manager for the city’s baseball team. The Public Library had over 800 active members, and added 466 volumes to its collection in the past year. Summit resident Harry Coggeshall was expected to return soon from an extensive tour of the American West. His last stop was at San Francisco, and he arrived there shortly after the great earthquake. Campbell’s drugstore advertised Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup “to prevent appendicitis”, claiming that sufferers of appendicitis often have chronic constipation.

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