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Diversity in NJ State Assembly

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The Summit Herald of January 14, 1921 announced some historic changes in state government. Margaret B. Laird and Jennie C. Van Ness became the first women to serve in the New Jersey Assembly, and Dr. Walter G. Alexander the first African American. Summit Librarian Miss Emilie Hill reported that the library circulated 54,584 books in 1920—the busiest year ever. Library membership increased to 4,469, more than 50% of the reading population of Summit. The Lyric Theatre showed Douglas Fairbanks in “The Mark of Zorro”. The Overlook Hospital Training School for Nurses advertised for students in its 27-month course. Eligible women should be between the ages of 19-35, and have at least one year of high school.

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

Electric Lights Brighten the New Year

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The Summit Herald of January 7, 1905 reported on Mayor George Wilcox’s annual message to Common Council, which included a recommendation for the City to purchase horses to pull street-sprinkling carts. The Fortnightly Club’s New Year’s reception at Association Hall was brilliantly lit by the new electric bulbs in the ceiling. Congress tackled the issue of statehood for Arizona and New Mexico. Several hundred quail from “Indian Territory” were released in Union County to provide game for hunters in the coming years. Miss Blake advertised her services as a private tutor in English, mathematics, and Latin at $2 per hour. Russian troops at Port Arthur surrendered to the Japanese commanded by General Nogi.

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

A Buick for Christmas

poultryThe Summit Herald of December 31, 1926 reported that the pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church received a generous Christmas gift from anonymous members of his congregation: a shiny new Buick sedan. The Commonwealth Water Company installed 7 new fire hydrants in Summit. A frugal bird-lover placed a Wanted To Buy classified ad: “Canary cage. Not too small. Must be cheap.” Highlights of 1926 included Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel, the death of Rudolph Valentino, and Germany joining the League of Nations.