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Juvenile Archers Plunder Public Shrubbery

kortleeThe Summit Herald of March 23, 1928 reported that two men from Newark were arrested for possession of concealed weapons and attempted robbery. They had been hired to drive a Summit man and his two friends back to Summit after the last train had departed. The victims had just received their week’s pay. When they arrived, the driver pulled a gun. No shots were fired, but a fist fight broke out, and a neighbor called the police. A second gun was found in the car, which had borrowed license plates. The would-be robbers were delivered to the county jail in Elizabeth.

Local women gathered to discuss the formation of a Republican women’s club in Summit. The “Betty Crocker Chats” column (based on the famous cook’s radio show) gave a recipe for homemade doughnuts. In the classified ads, lost items included a gold ring set with a cluster of pearls and an automobile door handle. Someone was selling a player piano with a bench and 52 rolls of music for $50. Boys looking for a light outside job for the summer were invited to apply to the caddy master at Canoe Brook Country Club.

The Chairman of the Board of Recreation Commissioners requested that children not cut branches from the shrubs planted around the edges of Memorial Field in order to make toy bows and arrows. She said that there were bushes in the woods which could be used for that purpose.

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

norton hardwareThe Summit Herald of March 16, 1907 reported that the state legislature voted against the Blohm Bill, which would have permitted municipalities to allow sale of alcohol on Sundays. The Street Committee of Common Council voted unanimously to use Dustoline as a dust preventative on Summit streets in the summer months. Professor Everton "the greatest hypnotist of the 20th century" was scheduled to demonstrate his skills at Colonial Hall.

The classified ads were full of lost items being sought: a diamond earring, a gold medal marked "Kent Place School Indoor Meet", and a string of gold beads. Rewards were offered for all of these; the owner of the gold beads promised $3 for their safe return. A 7-room house, with barn and wagon shed was for sale for $2000

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

Help Wanted, Draft Exempt

dockyardThe Summit Herald of March 9, 1944 reported on several Summit residents serving in the armed forces. Major William Duncan of the Army Air Force was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious performance in the North African theater of operations. Miss Rita Berg was training as a storekeeper in the WAVES. Sergeant James Salerno, a Marine, came home on furlough from the Pacific wearing six service stars, including a presidential citation for bravery at Guadalcanal. Private Salvatore Dellomo was killed in Italy.

Drew University student Benjamin Iijima spoke at Calvary Church about his experiences as an American-born citizen with Japanese parents. His family lived on the West Coast, where his parents worked as gardeners. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were sent to a relocation camp, but were first held for three months at a race track, where the family was quartered in a horse stall.

The Lyric Theatre presented “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, in gorgeous Technicolor, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.

In the classified ads, a dental lab was looking for a boy or man—not draft-eligible—to train as an assistant. Citizens Trust Co. wanted men between 40 and 50 for janitorial work. Essex Electronics was looking for girls and women, aged 16-50, to do war-related work (no experience necessary, overtime guaranteed).

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