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Sled-Dogs and Walruses and Polar Bears, Oh My!

diamondsThe Summit Herald of December 7, 1928 reported that Arctic explorer Captain Donald B. MacMillan spoke to a packed house—twice—at the high school auditorium. He spoke of his travels by ship and dog-sled, and of the animals and peoples of the “Great White North”. The event, illustrated by slide and motion pictures, raised over $400 for the Brayton PTA.

The Beacon Fire chapter of the D.A.R. celebrated its sixth anniversary with a reception at the home of Mrs. Thomas L. Smith, on Prospect Street. Over 100 guests attended, including most of the D.A.R. officers from around the state. A musical recital was followed by refreshments of ice cream, cake, and coffee. The Summit Public Library hosted an exhibition in its Art Room of works by local artists, both amateur and professional. The most notable entries were by Junius Allen.

An editorial copied from the Elizabeth Daily Journal observed that the introduction of stop signs was decreasing the number of automobile accidents, but that drivers needed to be taught to obey them.

The Strand Theater was showing Lon Chaney in “While the City Sleeps” and Stan Laurel in “Hats Off”. Ticket-holders for the December 12 show would be entered in a free drawing to win a $200 Majestic Radio.

For sale in the classifieds: a saxophone (B-flat, silver with pearl keys), Irish wolfhound puppies, Christmas cards (21 for $1), a dollhouse with furniture, a mahogany writing desk, and ‘no hunting’ signs.

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

Torpedo Survivor Returns Home

NY shopsThe Summit Herald of November 30, 1917 reported that the Community Market, which allowed local farmers to sell produce directly to consumers, would be closing down until spring
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John N. May, Jr. arrived home from Europe on the S.S. Rochambeau. He had been serving with an American ambulance corps and the transport department of the American Field Service. At the end of his six-month enlistment, he attempted to reenlist, but was denied for medical reasons. He began his trip home on the Finland, which was torpedoed by a German U boat. Ten lives were lost. May was one of 223 aboard the ship who got onto life boats and were picked up by patrol boats.

The paper also published a letter from Mrs. Henry Conkling who was working with an American charity in Paris. She thanked her friends back in Summit for all they had sent to help the poor, refugees, and war orphans. The donations included money, warm winter clothing, hand-knit baby items, and an artificial leg.

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