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Summit Military Aviator Buried at Arlington

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The Summit Herald of January 28, 1941 reported that another 10 local men had been drafted for one year’s defense service, and were off to Fort Dix for training. Miss Anna Maguire was the first woman from Summit to enter military service in connection with the national defense program; she was headed to Fort Dix to serve as a nurse. The Summit Public Library was accepting book donations to send to Fort Dix. Former Summit resident Brigadier General Frederic E. Humphreys was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In 1909, he was the first U.S. Army officer to fly solo in a plane built for the army by the Wright Brothers. He had just 3 hours training with Wilbur Wright on the day before his solo flight.

Recipes from the county extension office included French Toasted Chicken Sandwiches. Mix minced chicken with onion juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. Spread on crustless slices of bread, dip in an egg-milk mixture and fry until golden brown on both sides.

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

New High School?

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The Summit Record of January 21, 1916 reported on the controversial proposal of the Board of Education to build a new, expanded high school. Henry Shoemaker passed away a week before his 93rd birthday. He was a “Forty-Niner” who had sailed around Cape Horn to California in 1849 to join the gold rush, and later returned East with “considerable wealth”. The Wagner Decorating Company advertised that they only use their own house paint, made with “the best white lead and linseed oil”. The Lyric Theatre showed silent films starring Tyrone Power and Charlie Chaplin, as well as “the greatest novelty of the day: the human voice talking picture”.

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

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