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Fire Department Turns 25

standard oilThe Summit Record of October 13, 1916 reported that the Summit Fire Department observed its Silver Jubilee with a day-long celebration. A long parade in the morning included fire companies and bands from around the state, and was followed by contests in hose-laying, pumping, and engine racing. The race for horse-drawn hook-and-ladder units was won by default by Perth Amboy, the only contestant.

Twenty-year-old Carter Tiffany became the first Summit resident to receive a license to operate an aeroplane. He graduated from the Curtis Aviation School in Buffalo, and was selected to be one of the instructors at the new Curtis School in Florida. Two other young men from Summit--Alexander Beck and Clarence Bailey--returned from a seven-month stay in war-torn France, where they volunteered to drive and maintain ambulances for the Allies.

The editor praised the formation of the North Summit Law and Order League, which was established to clean up the neighborhood and shut down speakeasies.

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Young Liquor Thieves Robbed of Their Loot

washerThe Summit Herald of October 6, 1931 reported that someone broke into a dental office and stole a piece of gold bridgework that the dentist had been working on. Mr. Edwin Knapp petitioned the Board of Health to reinstate his permit to keep chickens at his home. Two boys, aged 14 and 16, broke into a home on Kent Place Boulevard and stole about 30 bottles of whiskey. They drank some, and stored the rest in their garage, only to have the liquor stolen from them by some older boys who were in on the secret. 19-year-old Princeton University student Graham Reeves and his 16-year-old sister, Susan, were injured in a crash when the engine of the plane he was flying failed. They were taken to a hospital in Montclair, and were expected to recover. A couple inquiring at the Summit police station for "a place to get married" were permitted to use the police courtroom for that purpose. The ceremony was performed by a deacon visiting from out of state, who repeatedly commented that they didn't do things that way in Virginia.

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Overlook Hospital Opens

fall fashionThe Summit Herald of September 29, 1906 reported that over 1000 people attended the opening of the newly-built Overlook Hospital, which was 3 stories high and would accommodate 30 patients. Mr. James Wagner offered a $5 reward for his lost collie. An ostrich breeder from Florida was arrested for driving an ostrich (hitched to a lightweight cart) in New York’s Central Park without permission from the Parks Department. In Summit’s fiercely fought primary election, “regular Republicans” won over “Colbyites” (followers of dissident Republican Everett Colby). Bartlett’s Great American Band and Vaudeville (25 musicians! 25 artists!) was coming to perform in Summit at Colonial Hall. The Governor of Georgia called in the state militia into Atlanta to stop mob violence against African Americans.

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