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Night-Blooming Cereus

pontiacThe Summit Herald of July 14, 1931 reported that florist L.E. Stahl had a Night-Blooming Cereus in his Springfield Avenue greenhouse, producing large, beautifully-scented flowers that bloomed at midnight and died the next day. The Fresh Air camps on Mountain Avenue sponsored by a Newark charity reopened for the tenth year running. Camp Eastwood for boys and Camp Sunshine for girls provided outdoor activities and 5 meals a day for malnourished children from the Newark public schools. Summit purchased a motorized garbage truck to replace the horse-drawn wagons that had been in use. In the Lackawanna Baseball League, the Summit Red Sox lost to the Millburn Blues, while the Chatham Howitzers defeated the Springfield Stars. Contractor Carman Formichella was bitten by a German Police dog which was recently purchased by his nephew, and required 17 stitches. Fortunately, there was no sign of rabies.

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Fourth of July Parade

spring frockThe Summit Record of July 7, 1916 reported that Common Council discussed replacing the Fire Department’s horse-drawn Hook and Ladder apparatus with a motorized one costing about $6000. The Fourth of July parade down Springfield Avenue featured over 700 marchers, including members of the Boy Scouts, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Italian-American Society, the Colored Brigade, women of the Special Aid Society, the fire departments of Summit and New Providence, and four bands. The parade was led by automobiles containing members of the Grand Army of the Republic (Civil War veterans). Local baker and business owner Emil Fitterer, a naturalized American citizen, received some complaints because he displayed the German flag on his Springfield Avenue building, although it was flying below Old Glory. The Chief of Police requested that he remove the flag while the parade was passing. Mr. Fitterer complied, but Mrs. Fitterer put it back, seeing that other businesses on the street were permitted to display Japanese, Italian, and Irish flags below the American flag.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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New law requires cars to be registered

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The Summit Herald of June 30, 1906 reported that the Summit baseball team was tied for third place in the Lackawanna League. Policeman John Sheridan surprised his wife with a party for their 25th wedding anniversary. The Freylinghuysen Law requiring New Jersey automobiles to be registered came into effect. Registration fees were to be used to pay for road repairs. In New York City, architect Stanford White was murdered by millionaire Harry Thaw over White’s affair with Thaw’s wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit. In Toledo, Ohio, the heads of five ice companies were convicted under anti-trust laws for price-fixing, and were sentenced to $5000 fines and one year in the workhouse. The trust had raised the price of ice in Toledo by 75-100%. The Union County branch of the SPCA was chartered in Summit.

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