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Summit is a Three-Car Town

panhandleThe Summit Herald of May 18, 1901 reported that the collection of the Public Library had grown to 3,500 books. Due to heavy use by the community, library hours were expanded from nine hours per week to twenty hours. Mr. Callender of Springfield Avenue and Mr. Votey of Tulip Street purchased automobiles, bringing the total number of horseless vehicles in Summit to three. Mr. Votey’s name also appeared in the Lost and Found column: his King Charles Spaniel, Rags, was missing. The high school graduating class of ’01 consisted of six young men, four of whom were college-bound. A concert to benefit the YMCA was scheduled, featuring Professor Hendrickson the magician, and Rosani, prince of jugglers. Tickets were 25¢.

Plans were set for the official opening of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Rumors circulated in Paris that the United States was planning to purchase the Panama Canal project from France. President McKinley received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of California, and would be receiving another from Harvard.

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

Getting Rid of "Ain't"

mothers dayThe Summit Herald of May 11, 1923 reported that Clean-Up Week, led by the Town Improvement Association, had excellent results. At its May meeting, the T.I.A. announced that it would be erecting a public bulletin board downtown, and installing six new waste cans throughout the city. At the meeting of the Roosevelt School PTA, praised the students' successful campaign against the use of the word "ain't". Their new goal was to get rid of "I seen" and "I done". Tickets were on sale for two performances of the play "A Tailor Made Man" at the Lyric Theatre to raise funds for the construction of Memorial Field.

The State Fish and Game Commission restocked the hunting areas of New Jersey with over 1400 ring-necked pheasants. The NJ Legislature passed a law permitting game wardens and licensed hunters to shoot stray cats found killing birds.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:

http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.p

Tournament of (Jacks and Marbles) Champions

summer sportwearThe Summit Herald of May 11, 1928 reported that the Republican Club of Summit were addressed by most of the Republican candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator in the upcoming primary. The new JCP&L office on Springfield Avenue celebrated its opening with a demonstration of electrical equipment controlled by a touch-sensitive glass sphere. The Summit Taxpayers’ League voted to recommend to Council that the office of City Supervisor be eliminated, to be replaced by a professional civil engineer. A suggestion was also discussed to make City Clerk a full-time job, but no vote was taken on that idea.

Children in the various Summit schools competed in championship tourneys in marbles and jacks. The YMCA advertised a vaudeville show (proceeds to benefit the Y’s Twilight Basketball League). The Lackawanna Baseball League prepared to begin the season with the Summit Red Sox playing at Springfield.

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