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The Mayor Goes on a Cruise

typewriterThe Summit Herald of September 27, 1940 reported that Mayor Guido F. Forster returned from a two-week cruise to Jacksonville, Florida. It was not a vacation, as the Mayor was wearing his other hat, that of a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve on a training cruise. In addition to navigation and target practice, the crew performed a spotlight demonstration at Atlantic City, as part of the finale of the beauty pageant. Shore leave was granted at Jacksonville, where Forster and other officers were entertained by the Chamber of Commerce at the Ponte Vedra Inn, and also at a beach party.

An article on Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie summarized his opening campaign speech, given in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mr. Willkie asserted the President Roosevelt, after seven years in office, had lost faith in the American people, and was in danger of destroying democracy if he was permitted to serve a third term.

The local headquarters of the National Defense Organization had a dramatic new touch added to the display in its front window. A 30-inch model of the U.S.S. Prescott, a retired destroyer of the same class as 50 others which had been traded to Britain, was already attracting a lot of attention. It was augmented by a painted backdrop of the English Channel at night, showing the destroyer under attack by a flight of enemy bombers, and defended by fighter planes. The painting was done by Gerald V. Davis, an American artist who had recently moved to Summit. He and his wife and children had been living in Paris until the Germans invaded France in May.

The "Home on the Range" cooking column offered a selection of light desserts, including Apple Snow, Plain Custard, Lemon Whip, and Lemon Sponge. Elsewhere in the paper, favorite recipes of Hollywood stars: Billie Burke's Special Rice Pudding and June Preisser's Maple Pralines.

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"Hey, Mac, which way to Madison?"

hat cleanedThe Summit Herald of September 20, 1929 reported that the Summit Rotary Club proposed to Common Council that they erect directional signs at at least 9 major intersections in the city, indicating where each road leads. This should cut down on the number of confused motorists stopping to shout at pedestrians, "Hey, Mac, which way to Madison?" The cost of the project had not yet been estimated.

Three schoolboys--aged 14, 14, and 15--spent part of a very cold night on the streets of Summit. They were all from the same neighborhood in New York City, and said they had left home the day before to look for work. They were held at the police station, and their parents were notified.

Summit resident W.F. Brinning one second prize in a fish exhibition in Newark for a pair of Siamese Fighting Fish. The exhibition was sponsored by the Newark Aquarium Society.
In the classifieds: Lost, a gold wristwatch and bracelet set with sapphires; a man's gray vest; a black-and-white English setter. For Sale: new Orthophonic Victrola, $30; well-mannered 5-gaited saddle horse, suitable for a lady; walnut radio cabinet.

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A Vacation from Hay Fever

schultzThe Summit Record of September 13, 1902 reported that Civil War veteran and former Summit Postmaster William B. Coggeshall was riding down Maple Street when his horse was startled by an auto parked in front of the Wulff Building. Although the machine was not in motion, it was making a "churning sound" that frightened the horse, which plunged forward and kicked wildly. Mr. Coggeshall fell head-first onto the road. He suffered a cut to the head and a concussion of the brain. He was carried to Dr. Taylor's Pharmacy, where Dr. Grey treated his injuries.

The Board of Education met to discuss the overcrowding in Summit's two public schools. Enrollment decreased slightly (553 to 542 ) from the previous year, but the editor noted that this was probably due to many families still being away on vacation.

The social notes reported on many locals returning from--or leaving for--vacation. Summit residents returned from Boston, Nantasket, Block Island, and resorts on the Maine Coast. The Hermann family was planning to spend several weeks in the Delaware Water Gap and the Poconos, Rev. Warren Giles was off for a month of hunting and fishing in Canada, the Beck family was headed for Mountain Rest at Lake Mohonk, and Mr. and Mrs. Dohrman departed for a month in Middledam, Maine, to seek relief for Mr. Dohrman's sufferings from hay fever.

The "Cookbook" column provided tips on cooking eggplant (broiled), serving tomato soup (with slices of orange to add flavor), and gave a recipe for coconut pyramids (mix together 2 stiffly beaten egg whites, 2 cups of grated coconut, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons flour; shape into pyramids and bake until brown).

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