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Torpedo Survivor Returns Home

NY shopsThe Summit Herald of November 30, 1917 reported that the Community Market, which allowed local farmers to sell produce directly to consumers, would be closing down until spring
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John N. May, Jr. arrived home from Europe on the S.S. Rochambeau. He had been serving with an American ambulance corps and the transport department of the American Field Service. At the end of his six-month enlistment, he attempted to reenlist, but was denied for medical reasons. He began his trip home on the Finland, which was torpedoed by a German U boat. Ten lives were lost. May was one of 223 aboard the ship who got onto life boats and were picked up by patrol boats.

The paper also published a letter from Mrs. Henry Conkling who was working with an American charity in Paris. She thanked her friends back in Summit for all they had sent to help the poor, refugees, and war orphans. The donations included money, warm winter clothing, hand-knit baby items, and an artificial leg.

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

Still Knitting at 101

roundupThe Summit Herald of November 16, 1941 reported that the city observed Armistice Day on the 11th with a mile-long parade which attracted 6000 spectators. It consisted of 58 organizations from Summit and surrounding towns, including 6 different marching bands. The Summit Fire Department was not able to join in the parade, as they were busy responding to a house fire on Glenwood Place.

Thirty second-graders from Brayton School were given a tour of Corby's Enterprise Laundry. At a meeting of the Old Guard, the speaker showed colored pictures of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and other scenic monuments of the West. Mrs. Mark Putnam held a benefit bridge party at her home to raise funds for a hostel of bomb-shocked children in England.

Mrs. Marcus Bartlett celebrated her 101st birthday by knitting for the Red Cross. Mrs. Bartlett began knitting for soldiers during the Civil War, and passed the tradition of knitting for good causes to three generations of her family, including her 9-year-old great-granddaughter.  In 1941, she knit 85 pairs of mittens. In response to a comment that the present world situation looked black, she replied, "This country has gone through worse periods of crisis. We pulled out of the Civil War era, and if we could do that, this country can live through anything."

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