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Educated Farmerettes

commonsensearmyThe Summit Herald of February 22, 1918 reported that the Summit Public Library was collecting books to be sent to the soldiers at Camp Dix and other New Jersey training camps. All Souls Church announced a war foods exhibit and demonstration by experts from the state agricultural college. Foods on display included dishes made with substitutes for meat and wheat. As part of the national effort to produce and conserve more food, lectures on home gardening were scheduled to inform the public. The women of Summit were invited to a lecture at Lincoln School entitled "How to be an Educated Farmerette".

Common Council received a letter from the chairman of the West End Association, requesting that they consider building a school in the west end of Summit.

The hod carriers and masons' tenders published a notice to the boss masons of Summit and vicinity that after May 1 they would expect 45 cents per hour, 8 hours a day, and time and a half for overtime.

A "high class" brick and stone 11-room home was for sale. Features included 3 baths, 3 porches, 6 open fireplaces, a cottage, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees, all for $40,000.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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What's in a Name?

rositaThe Summit Herald of February 15, 1924 reported that Roy Chapman Andrews of the American Museum of Natural History spoke to the Athenaeum Club on the topic of "Fossil Hunting in Mongolia". The Summit Business Men's Association appealed to the Motor Vehicle Commissioner to establish an automobile licensing bureau in Summit.

The "heraldings for Housewives" column provided cooking tips for Brussels sprouts and winter squash, and suggested serving sauteedcrab meat with Russian dressing, garnished with toast points, pimentos, and sliced stuffed olives. Ann Cabot's column on fashionable New York shops recommended Whitney's Shop of Exclusive Stoutwear for women looking for attractive, hand-tailored suits and gowns in larger sizes.

The editor reported on a movement in Maplewood to change the name of the town back to "Jefferson Village", on the grounds that that it had more dignity and individuality. "Maplewoods are all over the map." He then commented that for the same reasons, Summit might consider returning to the old name of "Turkey Hill".
The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Residents Must Pay for Snow Plowing

costet shoeThe Summit Record of February 8, 1902 reported that the Snow Plow Fund of the Township Improvement Association was nearly out of money, and that local residents would need to pay subscriptions in order to keep sidewalks clear of snow. A collision on the Morris & Essex Railroad resulted in several minor injuries when a train from Summit hit a switch engine near the Hoboken tunnel.

The State Legislature voted for an appropriation of $6000 to erect a monument on Antietam Battlefield in memory of the New Jersey troops who fought and died there. Another bill allotted money for New Jersey soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War, as repayment for having to purchase their own clothing.

At the Beechwood Hotel, a social evening raised funds for the Baptist Church. Various ladies were in charge of the handkerchief table, the candy table, the lemonade table, and the cake table. Music was provided by the mandolin club of the church.

In the classifieds: lost, a sealskin muff, a fur scarf, and turquoise earrings set with diamonds.

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