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Former Mayor "Horses Around" for Charity

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The Summit Record of May 12, 1921 reported that Mr. James Cromwell resigned from the Board of Education due to the Board’s decision to move the location of the new high school from Maple Street to the Bonnel property on Morris Avenue. “John Smith” of New York was arrested at 1:45 AM by Patrolman Flynn on Summit Avenue. Mr. Smith, who claimed to be looking for work as a woodchopper, was carrying a flashlight and a loaded .38 revolver. Aunt Prudence provided a recipe for fried fish balls. The annual charity ball to benefit Overlook Hospital was a great success. Many of the attendees came in costume, dressed as Joan of Arc, Little Lord Fauntleroy, a French maid, Christopher Columbus, a Chinese prince and princess, and hordes of pirates, clowns, sailors, and Gypsies. Former Mayor Ruford Franklin came as “the old gray mare”, accompanied by his wife, dressed as a horseman with a whip. Plans were announced for the formal dedication of the newly-built Rosary Shrine

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High School Band Hits High Note

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The Summit Herald of May 5, 1941 reported that the Union County Board Association was considering having women serve on juries, due in part to the difficulty of finding qualified men. A student from Summit was one of the winners of a nationwide essay competition on National Unity. The prize included a flight over New York City in an Eastern Air Lines “Silverliner” airplane. The Strand Theater advertised the new hit musical, “The Road to Zanzibar” starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, while the Lyric offered Sonja Henie and Ray Milland in “Everything Happens at Night”. The Summit High School Band took second place in its category in a national musical competition in Atlantic City, despite the handicap of lacking an oboe, bassoon, and English horn (due to insufficient funding). The band was honored by being included in a mass performance conducted by Leopold Stokowski, Director of the Philadelphia Symphony.

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Rats!

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The Summit Herald of April 28, 1925 reported that a truck with a suspicious driver was stopped in town by a police officer. The driver claimed the 6 barrels in the truck contained legal "near beer", but the officer replied, "Don't you believe it, Chief, that's high power stuff." An exterminator hired by the Board of Health eliminated 300 to 400 rats during his first week's work. In the classified ads, lost items included $15 in bills and a gray squirrel neckpiece, while someone found a large tan dog. In celebration of Boy's Week, a local Scoutmaster organized a hike for boys to Feltville Lake, accompanied by former missionary H.K.W. Kumm, who promised to tell stories around the campfire of his adventures in Africa.

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