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Cop's Close Call

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The Summit Herald of May 19, 1906 reported that the city Road Committee was experimenting with alternatives to sprinkling water on the streets of Summit to reduce the dust stirred up by automobiles. Patrolman Kelly had a narrow escape when a man he was chasing turned and fired a revolver at him at close range. Fortunately, the suspect’s gun did not go off, as the clerk at the hardware store had sold him the wrong sort of cartridges. It was announced that the banks of San Francisco would reopen at the end of May, having been closed since the previous month’s earthquake and fire. Track laborers for the Lackawanna Railroad went on strike, demanding $1.50 per day instead of $1.30.

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Former Mayor "Horses Around" for Charity

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The Summit Record of May 12, 1921 reported that Mr. James Cromwell resigned from the Board of Education due to the Board’s decision to move the location of the new high school from Maple Street to the Bonnel property on Morris Avenue. “John Smith” of New York was arrested at 1:45 AM by Patrolman Flynn on Summit Avenue. Mr. Smith, who claimed to be looking for work as a woodchopper, was carrying a flashlight and a loaded .38 revolver. Aunt Prudence provided a recipe for fried fish balls. The annual charity ball to benefit Overlook Hospital was a great success. Many of the attendees came in costume, dressed as Joan of Arc, Little Lord Fauntleroy, a French maid, Christopher Columbus, a Chinese prince and princess, and hordes of pirates, clowns, sailors, and Gypsies. Former Mayor Ruford Franklin came as “the old gray mare”, accompanied by his wife, dressed as a horseman with a whip. Plans were announced for the formal dedication of the newly-built Rosary Shrine

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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High School Band Hits High Note

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The Summit Herald of May 5, 1941 reported that the Union County Board Association was considering having women serve on juries, due in part to the difficulty of finding qualified men. A student from Summit was one of the winners of a nationwide essay competition on National Unity. The prize included a flight over New York City in an Eastern Air Lines “Silverliner” airplane. The Strand Theater advertised the new hit musical, “The Road to Zanzibar” starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, while the Lyric offered Sonja Henie and Ray Milland in “Everything Happens at Night”. The Summit High School Band took second place in its category in a national musical competition in Atlantic City, despite the handicap of lacking an oboe, bassoon, and English horn (due to insufficient funding). The band was honored by being included in a mass performance conducted by Leopold Stokowski, Director of the Philadelphia Symphony.

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