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Electric Lights Brighten the New Year

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The Summit Herald of January 7, 1905 reported on Mayor George Wilcox’s annual message to Common Council, which included a recommendation for the City to purchase horses to pull street-sprinkling carts. The Fortnightly Club’s New Year’s reception at Association Hall was brilliantly lit by the new electric bulbs in the ceiling. Congress tackled the issue of statehood for Arizona and New Mexico. Several hundred quail from “Indian Territory” were released in Union County to provide game for hunters in the coming years. Miss Blake advertised her services as a private tutor in English, mathematics, and Latin at $2 per hour. Russian troops at Port Arthur surrendered to the Japanese commanded by General Nogi.

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A Buick for Christmas

poultryThe Summit Herald of December 31, 1926 reported that the pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church received a generous Christmas gift from anonymous members of his congregation: a shiny new Buick sedan. The Commonwealth Water Company installed 7 new fire hydrants in Summit. A frugal bird-lover placed a Wanted To Buy classified ad: “Canary cage. Not too small. Must be cheap.” Highlights of 1926 included Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel, the death of Rudolph Valentino, and Germany joining the League of Nations.

Christmas in Summit

santaThe Summit Herald of December 24, 1935 reported on a variety of Christmas celebrations, including a carol sing at the municipal Christmas tree. The Independent Social Club defeated the Knights of Columbus to take first place in the city pinochle league. Board of Health official Dr. Denger published an article on home nursing for communicable diseases such as diphtheria and scarlet fever. Two major golfing events were announced for 1936: the National Open at Baltusrol, and the Women’s National at Canoe Brook.