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Presbyterian Peanut Hunt

delicaciesThe Summit Herald of December 20, 1929 reported that many local groups and organizations held Christmas parties. The Kiwanis Club Christmas luncheon featured a tree decorated with gifts, which were then donated to the Children's Home. The annual Christmas Carol service was scheduled for Christmas Eve at the municipal tree in Bonnell Park. The Presbyterian Men's Club party, attended by members and their wives, featured old-fashioned games, culminating in a peanut hunt. The guests were divided into "Dogs" and "Ducks", and barked and quacked as they searched for peanuts.

Santa Claus made a visit to Mr. Woodside's 6th period English class at the High School. He distributed various gifts, including a popgun for Mr. Woodside to "pop" disorderly students with.

The High School auditorium hosted the annual Christmas program of the elementary school choirs. The theme was carols of many nations. The concert began and ended with all the choirs singing together, and in between, each school choir performed a carol from a different country: Brayton (Austria), Roosevelt (Italy), Franklin (Belgium), Hamilton (Southern U.S.), Lincoln (Germany), and Washington (England).

Patrolman Newton Palmer saw a loose dog run towards 11-year-old Anna Kennington, knock her down, and bite her. The girl fought back with a stick, and the the policeman chased the dog away. He had no gun, being off-duty, but a well-aimed rock did the trick. Dr. Milligan treated Anna's wound, which was not serious. The owner of the dog was ordered to keep it tied up in the future.

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Runaway Sleigh

greenesThe Summit Record of December 13, 1902 reported that Mr. Charles Lummis was injured in an accident caused by runaway horses. Around 8:00 in the evening, Lummis was headed for the Canoe Brook Club In his sleigh. The family's pet dog was on the front seat of the sleigh, next to the coachman. It barked, which attracted the attention of a dog running loose. The stray dog began to howl, frightening the horses. They reared up, breaking a strap on the harness. The horses broke into a wild run down the hill. The coachman, while attempting to swerve the horses into a snowbank, was thrown off the sleigh. The horses then crashed into an electric light pole, which overturned the sleigh and freed them. Mr. Lummis suffered a dislocated shoulder and various cuts on his head and face. The sleigh was almost completely demolished. One horse was recaptured nearby; the other was found later that night in Chatham.

Local coal dealers were able to keep their customers supplied during a recent cold snap. Many other communities were suffering from a scarcity of coal due to widespread strikes in mining regions.

James Crann, a deputy fish and game commissioner, was chasing a poacher who was hunting rabbits in the snow, when he slipped and fell on the icy roadway. He suffered a compound fracture of the right leg. Another officer caught the poacher, who was scheduled to be brought before Justice Kelly.

In the Classifieds: A tutor was available for afternoon hours to teach children aged 5 to 11. "Nervous and backward pupils a specialty". Wanted, a small house in Summit. Willing to pay up to $5000 cash. A $50 reward was offered for the return of a lost lady's pearl and diamond brooch.

The advertisements for shops in Summit and Newark offered many suggestions for Christmas gifts. 5 lb. box of assorted chocolates, 90¢. Lady's silk umbrella, $3.75. Silver hair brushes, $1.75-$6.98. Toy boats, 19¢-$1.25. Lead soldiers, 25¢-$1.98. Magic lanterns, 25¢-$3.98. Pearl-handled pens, 80-$3-98.

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Turkeys on the Loose

exquisiteThe Summit Herald of December 6, 1929 reported that the Board of Education requested to buy a site for a new school on Ashwood Avenue. This would relieve crowding at the Roosevelt School.

Two horses were saved from a barn fire on Park Avenue. Property owner Matteo Pizzuit and fireman Herbers Morgan rushed into the burning building, untied the horses, and chased them out. One of the horses panicked, and tried to run back inside the barn, but the men blocked the way. The cause of the fire was not discovered.

The lawyer for accused murderer Mrs. Laura Matilda Titus announced that he would try to have her committed to a State Institution for the Feeble-Minded. Mrs. Titus, aged 70, killed her abusive husband James, 78, with an axe as he lay in a drunken stupor on the parlor floor of their Orchard Street home.

The New Jersey State Game Commission released 100 wild turkeys in a wild section of Passaic County, in hopes that the birds would breed and re-populate the mountainous parts of the state.  Sportsmen were interested in the experiment, but not sure if it would ever lead to the return of turkey hunting in New Jersey.

The editor observed that the weather had finally turned cold enough for skating, and that over 2,500 people had visited Jagela's Pond. The Fernwood Development Company, which purchased the land from Mr. Jagela, allowed the public free access to the pond, but it was slated to be removed when development began. The Editor suggested that another site should be officially developed for skating as a permanent city park, and recommended the old Briant's Pond.

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