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Mysterious Explosion Destroys House

franklinThe Summit Herald of April 5, 1929 reported that a vacant house was destroyed by a mysterious explosion, followed by a fire. The explosion blew the front door off its hinges and across the street, and detached the entire eastern wall from the foundation. The fire department put out the blaze, but could not find the cause of the blast. Common Council approved an appropriation of $23,500 to complete the work on Soldiers Memorial Field. The Roth-Strand Theater announced its first all-talking all-singing movie, "In Old Arizona". In his column, "Major Freelance" praised the new federal law that would require merchants to position scales so that consumers could clearly see the dials.

A group of high school seniors from Clinton went down to Trenton to see the Legislature at work. After the visit, they had three recommendations for their representatives:

  1. Smoke fewer big, black cigars.
  2. Take their feet off their desks
  3. Use politer language to one another.

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The Overcoat Thief

ceylonThe Summit Record of March 29, 1902 reported that the state legislature had passed a bill approving the construction of a tunnel by the the Pennsylvania Railroad, beneath the North River, to connect New Jersey and New York. Ground was broken for the construction of a joint trunk sewer line to service Summit and six other towns. The Editor approved of this action, feeling that the disposal grounds along the banks of the Passaic contributed to the pollution of the river.

Two Summit homes were visited by a burglar on the same night. In both cases, the thief entered through a parlor window which was unlocked. At the home of Mr. Martin, only an overcoat was taken; silverware in an adjacent room was left untouched. The thief may have been scared off by the sounds of motion on a floor above, as Mr. Martin's sister was awake, tending to an ill relative. At the house of Mr. Badeau, the only item stolen was a boy's overcoat, although a trail of burnt-out matches on the floor showed that the thief had explored the hallway and other rooms.

In the classifieds: For sale, three acres of ground in West Summit, with 6-room house, barn, and chicken house. Help wanted, boy to act as apprentice in printing office; a courteous, capable man to look after horses and make himself generally useful.

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The Women's Land Army Wants You

libertybondsThe Summit Herald of March 22, 1918 reported the death, after a long illness, of John H. Capstick, U.S. Congressman representing New Jersey's Fifth District (Morris and Union Counties). Mr. Capstick was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey at the age of 27. He served for three years in Congress.

A chapter of the Women's Land Army of America would be established in Summit, to help local farmers during the season. The "farmerettes" would be housed at the former Larned homestead on Blackburn Road, and would receive room and board, plus wages of $15/month.

The Baltusrol Golf Club announced that it had purchased an additional 305 acres for $70,000 to add another 18-hole golf course. Construction would be delayed until conditions in the labor market changed.

Union Hose Co. No. 1 decided not to hold its annual Easter Monday ball due to war conditions. The Kent Place Senior play would be Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". As always, the proceeds would go to charity; this year, to the hospital in Neuilly, France.

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