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Beware of Fake Beggars

furcollarsThe Summit Herald of January 10, 1919 reported that a meeting was held at the YMCA to organize a relief committee for Armenians, Persians, Greeks, and Kurds in the Near East. The meeting was addressed by General Aspagelian, an Armenian soldier who fought with Russian forces during the war.

Mrs. George Davis was thrown out of her carriage when the horse she was driving panicked. She was taken to Overlook Hospital, and was scheduled to be released soon, as her injuries were not severe.

Miss Mary Hazell of Summit wrote a letter from Paris, where she was working with the YMCA. She described in detail the joyous celebrations in the streets when the Armistice was announced.

A local woman reported being approached by a beggar--a "rather stout, decrepit woman, somewhat past middle-age". The beggar claimed to have four starving children, no food, and no coal to heat her home. The lady gave her some food and asked her address. She telephoned the Cooperative Charities of Summit and provided the address, which turned out to be a vacant field.

An advertisement for electrical contractors Laird & Nash announced that while William Laird and Albert Nash were away serving their country, the business would be run by Miss Maysie Laird (with competent help).

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Fountain Baptist Church Puts on a Show

smoking setsThe Summit Record of January 3, 1903 reported that the new Common Council took office and voted on the appointment of several positions: City Solicitor, City Treasurer, City Physician, and City Hall Janitor.

The Lackawanna Railroad began filling in the ground alongside a new section of track in Summit from the freight yard to the coal yard. Mr. Frederick Bladelt alleged that the filling trespassed on 160 feet of his property. He said that the railroad had not responded to his complaints, and threatened to sue.

A front-page article offered tips on raising poultry. It recommended linseed meal as feed, and providing a box of fine, dry earth to allow the hens to take dust baths.

The Short Hills Hockey Club defeated Morristown 9-5 on the rink at Short Hills. In indoor sports, Summit's Hill Crest bowling team lost to Chatham, 1-2.

The Willing Workers of the Fountain Baptist Church announced an upcoming entertainment to raise money to purchase a place of worship. The performance would consist of tableaux and plantation melodies. Admission 75¢, reserved seats $1.00.

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Santa Visits the Blind Babies Home

anyhatThe Summit Herald of December 27, 1927 reported that buses would soon replace trolleys on the Newark to Morristown line that ran through Summit.

In a front-page letter, Rev. Florence Randolph of Summit's Wallace Chapel, discussed the progress of the American Negro. She mentioned the growing number of Negro college graduates, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, lawyers, and ministers nationwide, as well as other accomplishments and institutions: patents, books, magazines and newspapers, banks and insurance companies. She also praised some of the young people of Summit who were striving to make their mark in the world: Miss Burney, studying in Germany; Louise Williams, pursuing a career in music; and Solomon Marrow, Jr., at Wilberforce University.

The children of the Arthur Home for Blind Babies had a surprise visit from Santa Claus, thanks to Jimmy Shearer of WGCP Radio in Newark. Mr. Shearer announced on air that he intended to hold Christmas parties at six local institutions, and appealed to his listeners to provide gifts for the children. A caravan of a dozen autos and trucks brought the radio delegation--including a band--and their gifts to the Home. A joyous celebration followed.

There were six fires in Summit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Surprisingly, none involved a Christmas tree. Two were brush fires, three were chimney fires, and the last was an automobile fire. There was minimal damage, except in the case of the automobile.

The Editor discussed a recent accident in which an automobile driver side-swiped a boy riding a bicycle at night on a dimly-lit stretch of Springfield Avenue. The bicycle had no lights on it, and the driver only noticed it when it came within the range of his headlights. If he had not swerved quickly, the boy might have been killed instead of escaping with scrapes and bruises. The Editor suggested that all vehicles travelling the public roads at night--including children's bicycles--should be legally required to have lights.

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