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Baseball Battle of the Sexes

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The Summit Record of June 2, 1921 reported that Summit resident A.G. Batchelder died in “the worst accident in the history of aeronautics in America” when an Army ambulance plane came down in an electrical storm over Maryland. All seven people on board were killed. A Memorial Day ceremony was held at the flagpole in Bonnell Park with the participation of the Summit Municipal Band, the American Legion, the Boy Scouts, and the St. Teresa’s Fife and Drum Corps. A purely-for-fun baseball game of men vs. women was played on the athletic field of Summit Academy. The women’s team wore masculine garb and the men wore skirts. The men were required to use only their left hands. After ten and a half innings, the umpire declared the ladies’ team the winner, with a score of 11-10. Aunt Prudence shared seasonal recipes for Strawberry Short-Cake, Strawberry Biscuit Loaf, and Rhubarb Conserve.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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To Europe on the Hindenburg

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The Summit Herald of May 26, 1936 reported that Summit jeweler George Busch, Jr. traveled to Europe on the first return flight of the zeppelin Hindenburg. He intended to visit Antwerp and Amsterdam, in order to make purchases at the diamond markets in those cities. A garden plant exchange took place on the grounds of the Summit Public Library, co-sponsored by the Library and the Township Improvement Committee. Plants for rock gardens were in particular demand. The Summit Peace Council—a new organization formed to further the cause of world peace—held its second meeting at the YMCA. In the classifieds, someone wanted to exchange a used car in good condition for dental service.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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Cop's Close Call

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The Summit Herald of May 19, 1906 reported that the city Road Committee was experimenting with alternatives to sprinkling water on the streets of Summit to reduce the dust stirred up by automobiles. Patrolman Kelly had a narrow escape when a man he was chasing turned and fired a revolver at him at close range. Fortunately, the suspect’s gun did not go off, as the clerk at the hardware store had sold him the wrong sort of cartridges. It was announced that the banks of San Francisco would reopen at the end of May, having been closed since the previous month’s earthquake and fire. Track laborers for the Lackawanna Railroad went on strike, demanding $1.50 per day instead of $1.30.

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