The Summit Herald of May 31, 1932 reported that the official Memorial Day ceremony was held in Bonnel Park, in front of the angel statue which is a memorial to Summit's war dead. The ceremony began with a small parade by the High School band, and members of the American Legion, V.F.W., S.A.R., D.A.R., and the Boy Scouts. For the first time in the history of the ceremony, no Civil War veterans were present. (Mr. Robinson of New Providence, the only local veteran, had passed away since the 1931 ceremony..)
A handcrafted model of "Sunbeam", a 19th century whaling ship, was put on display at the Summit Trust Company. It was built by Jack Manley Rose, a book and magazine illustrator and theater set designer. The model, done in 1/4 inch:1 foot scale, took three years to research and build. Mr. Rose unearthed the blueprints for the "Sunbeam" and visited a whaling museum in New Bedford to confirm details.
"Red Joe" Everson, aged 52, died at Overlook Hospital five days after being struck by a train, which resulted in him losing a leg. He was a tramp and a local character, well known to the Summit police as a "chemist" who produced crude alcohol from canned heat, which he sold to hoboes. Earlier in his life, he had worked as a chauffeur for several local families. His bravado in the face of terrible pain earned him admiration, even from the police, and he was buried in Linden at city expense.
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