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Christmas is Coming

radioThe Summit Herald of December 22, 1916 reported that Common Council rejected a request from local taverns to be open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (on Sundays that year). The Summit Choral Club performed Handel's "Messiah" at Calvary Church. There were many Christmas celebrations in the city, including a nativity play at Kent Place, and parties at the YMCA, the Lions Club, and the Roosevelt Nursery School.The American Legion announced a special movie party for local children at the Strand Theatre, with a showing of "Tarzan Finds a Son". Bamberger's in Newark announced that December 18 was the busiest sale day in the store's history. Miss Bertha Eastmond of Summit informed Orphans Court that she would be unable to serve as executrix of the will of her late friend, Mrs. Marta Palmgren, as she was much too busy with her work for the Social Register.

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Rev. Oakes Remembered

christmas checksThe Summit Herald of December 15, 1922 reported that following the sudden death of Rev. J. Adams Oakes, the East Summit Church would be renamed Oakes Memorial Church. An Americanization meeting was held at Lincoln school for foreign-born mothers of young children. Members of the Lions Club of Newark came to visit the Arthur Home for Blind Babies. The delegation included the Governor-Elect of New Jersey, George Silzer. Educational expert Earl Barnes spoke at All Souls’ Church on “The Over-Stimulation of American Children”. He explained how children’s health was affected by the rapid pace of modern life and the intrusion into the once-quiet home by the invention of the telephone. Many of the merchants of Summit advertised their wares for Christmas gifts, from traditional favorites like bicycles and linen handkerchiefs to newfangled radios and electric toasters. The featured recipe was for hermit cookies (with cinnamon, allspice, cloves,nutmeg, and raisins).


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

Comstock Fights Pornography

The Summit Herald of December 8, 1900 reported that Summit resident and anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock raided the American Electroscope Company in New York, confiscating thousands of obscene picture and negatives. Common Council considered a number of bids for renovating the fire house, but rejected them all as being too high. A burglar alarm bell was installed at police headquarters, connected to the Summit Bank. The government commission appointed to study the construction of a canal across Central America recommended a route across Nicaragua instead of Panama. The YMCA announced that the Rev. Charles Sammon, a missionary recently returned from China, would speak about his experiences during the siege of Tientsin by Boxer rebels. At a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, members discussed the unhealthy conditions in Summit tenements. An advertisement extolled the marvels of Mr. Edison’s new phonograph, which is superior to a piano or music box because it also sings, talks, and plays all the instruments of an orchestra.

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