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What's in a Name?

rositaThe Summit Herald of February 15, 1924 reported that Roy Chapman Andrews of the American Museum of Natural History spoke to the Athenaeum Club on the topic of "Fossil Hunting in Mongolia". The Summit Business Men's Association appealed to the Motor Vehicle Commissioner to establish an automobile licensing bureau in Summit.

The "heraldings for Housewives" column provided cooking tips for Brussels sprouts and winter squash, and suggested serving sauteedcrab meat with Russian dressing, garnished with toast points, pimentos, and sliced stuffed olives. Ann Cabot's column on fashionable New York shops recommended Whitney's Shop of Exclusive Stoutwear for women looking for attractive, hand-tailored suits and gowns in larger sizes.

The editor reported on a movement in Maplewood to change the name of the town back to "Jefferson Village", on the grounds that that it had more dignity and individuality. "Maplewoods are all over the map." He then commented that for the same reasons, Summit might consider returning to the old name of "Turkey Hill".
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Residents Must Pay for Snow Plowing

costet shoeThe Summit Record of February 8, 1902 reported that the Snow Plow Fund of the Township Improvement Association was nearly out of money, and that local residents would need to pay subscriptions in order to keep sidewalks clear of snow. A collision on the Morris & Essex Railroad resulted in several minor injuries when a train from Summit hit a switch engine near the Hoboken tunnel.

The State Legislature voted for an appropriation of $6000 to erect a monument on Antietam Battlefield in memory of the New Jersey troops who fought and died there. Another bill allotted money for New Jersey soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War, as repayment for having to purchase their own clothing.

At the Beechwood Hotel, a social evening raised funds for the Baptist Church. Various ladies were in charge of the handkerchief table, the candy table, the lemonade table, and the cake table. Music was provided by the mandolin club of the church.

In the classifieds: lost, a sealskin muff, a fur scarf, and turquoise earrings set with diamonds.

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Medical Controversy

corsetThe Summit Herald of February 1, 1924 published letters from several prominent physicians on the controversy surrounding the Schick test, a medical test to determine which children had no resistance to Diphtheria, and would need a vaccine. This was in response to parents who were concerned that the test, which contained Diphtheria toxin, might harm their children.

The new YWCA building on Morris Avenue opened. A movie review praised "Where the North Begins" (coming soon to the Lyric Theatre), in which a French-Canadian trapped is attacked by outlaws. He is saved by a wild dog , played by the famous Rin-Tin-Tin. The Heraldings for Housewives column provided a recipe for codfish croquettes and tips on making smooth, lump-free icing. In the classifieds: Lost, a pearl necklace between Overlook Hospital and the trolley car barns; a gold knife and chain at the skating pond; a green and plaid automobile blanket, near Gospel Hall. For sale: a spinning wheel, a six-foot davenport, and a man's Siberian dog overcoat. Mah Jongg lessons: $4 for a table of four people.

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