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A Dangerous Jump

mailorderThe Summit Record of March 21, 1903 reported that Mr. Charles Manley of Chatham (son of Mrs. George Manley of Summit) was nearly killed at the Broad Street Station in Newark. When he discovered that the train he was on did not stop at Newark, he jumped off, fell, and started to roll beneath the last car.  He was able to shift his position, but his right foot went under the wheel, and the big toe was severed. After a visit to the hospital, he was able to go home the same day.

There were a quite a few speeding automobiles on Morris Turnpike, all going faster than the posted legal limit of 7 MPH. Many of the offending cars were from New York. It seemed likely that summer would bring a "boom" in automobile traffic, even though the roads of New Jersey were not designed to accomodate large, heavy vehicles going 20-30 MPH. The Editor expressed a fear that if the speed limits were not strictly enforced, and the rights of horse owners and pedestrians protected, there might be fatal accidents on the roads of Summit.

In the Classifieds. For sale: a pair of carriage horses, 8 years old; a Cyphera incubator (will hold 120 eggs). Lost: a silver belt buckle. To rent: flat with four rooms and bath, $12.50 per month.

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From Summit to Carnegie Hall, And Back Again

electricABCThe Summit Herald of March 14, 1924 reported that the Summit Glee Club was one of twelve clubs that gave a joint concert of 600 male voices at Carnegie Hall in New York. All of the clubs were members of the Associated Glee Clubs of America. The Summit Glee Club announced their intention of giving a smaller version of that concert in April with three of the other New Jersey clubs, in the auditorium of the new high school.

The Summit Fire Department responded to a barn fire on Division Avenue. The barn was destroyed, but the ponies and automobiles inside were saved, and the fire put out before it could spread to the attached milk house or neighboring houses.

An editorial on the radio page mentioned that a 500-watt radio station costs $50,000 to set up, and $20,000 per year to maintain. There were 100 such stations in the U.S. and Canada, disproving the notion that radio is "just a fad".

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War Heroes Attend YMCA Dinner

electric breakfastThe Summit Herald of March 7, 1919 reported that the YMCA dinner would have some distinguished guests, including New Jersey Governor (and U.S. Senator-Elect) Walter Edge; YMCA Secretary "Doc" Clifford, a chaplain to the troops in France and recipient of the Croix de Guerre who was made an honorary Marine; and Sergeant Allen Eggers of Summit, recipient of the the Croix de Guerre and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

At their latest meeting Common Council voted not to publish the names of tax delinquents, but instead appoint a deputy tax receiver to go around the city and collect from delinquents. The deputy would be paid from fees on the taxes he collected, not from city funds.

The Summit Lodge of the Elks passed a resolution condemning resident Aliens in the U.S. who had avoided the draft on grounds of non-citizenship. They urged the New Jersey Congressional delegation to vote to deport any such Aliens.

Overlook Hospital produced its annual report for 1918. 1,066 patients were admitted during the year, including those in the temporary Emergency Hospital during the influenza epidemic. The Board of Trustees praised the care given to the patients, despite the fact that many of the doctors and nurses volunteered to serve overseas during the war.

Two performances of a comic operetta, "Mystic Maid" raised $500 for the Murray Hill Children's Home. The production drew on the talents of many members of the community, young and old, and was produced by the composer, Robert P. Skilling.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:

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