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A Colorful Wedding

boxerThe Summit Herald of October 12, 1901 reported that a representative of the Lackawanna Railroad met with a special committee of the Common Council to discuss lowering the tracks into a below-ground cut. The work was expected to cost half a million dollars. The Ancient Order of Foresters planned an evening of public entertainment with a comedian, juggler, and several musicians. In addition, the Edison projectoscope company was to show moving pictures related to the Pan-American Exposition and the assassination of President McKinley.

The wedding of Miss Winnifred Sackett and Mr. Edwin Risley took place in the Central Presbyterian Church, which was decorated in yellow and purple (the colors of Williams College, the groom's alma mater). The matron of honor wore her white lace wedding gown, and carried purple asters. The bridesmaids, in pale yellow silk, carried daisies. By an interesting coincidence, it was the 43rd wedding anniversary of the officiant, Rev. Theodore Frelinghuysen White.

In foreign news, the Marconi wireless company made an agreement with the Lloyd shipping agency to install "wireless apparatus" at Lloyd's offices around the world.

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The "Drys" Have It

dame fashionThe Summit Herald of October 5, 1923 reported that Common Council had received bids for a new fire truck, all around $13,000. At the state Republican convention in Trenton, the "Drys" supporting Prohibition soundly defeated the "Wets". Naturalist Dr. Raymond Ditmars was scheduled to give a series of lectures on wild animals, illustrated by moving pictures. Admission was $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for students. Mrs. Miriam Wallace announced that she would be offering classes in folk dancing and eurythmy at the Calvary Church parish house.

In the classifieds: Lost, a green parrot with a red throat. Found, a fur scarf. For sale, a squirrel coat, never worn. Help wanted, an experiences waitress and chambermaid (German or Scandinavian).

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Shot by a Friend

miladyThe Summit Herald of September 28, 1917 reported that Mayor Ruford Franklin of Summit and Dr. Harry Dengler of Springfield drove down to Fort Dix to visit the recently-drafted local men who were going through basic training, and found them cheerful and in good health.

Albert Lager, 15-year-old son of Councilman John Lager was accidently shot by a friend who found a .38 revolver which he thought was unloaded. Albert’s older brother drove him to Overlook Hospital, where a surgeon removed the bullet from his liver. He was expected to recover. The Editor suggested that this incident should inspire lectures on gun safety in all of the Summit schools.

Mr. Carroll P. Bassett was driving his electric car away from his home on Hobart Avenue when he spotted two men on bicycles ahead of him. He rang his bell, and the two bicyclists separated to let him pass. Suddenly, the man on the right swerved back into the center of the road. Mr. Bassett slammed on his brakes and turned the steering lever sharply, but his car struck the man, who was taken to the hospital and died about an hour later. The victim was Alexander Russo, who worked for Mr. Bassett as a gardener. He had married ten days earlier.

The Office of Home Economics at the State Agricultural College shared several recipes for grapes, including Grape Juice and Grape Marmalade.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php