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Hurricane Devastates Florida

gingeraleThe Summit Herald of October 19, 1928 reported that Common Council was considering an ordinance to prohibit burning leaves in the gutters of recently-paved streets. The local chapter of the Red Cross raised $2602 for hurricane disaster relief in Florida and the West Indies. A former Summit resident sent a letter describing the devastation around Lake Okeechobee: destroyed buildings, flooded roads, and hundreds of homeless living in Red Cross tents.

The Summit Republican Club published a full-page ad supporting presidential candidate Herbert Hoover. New Jersey was expected to be a battleground state in the election. Over 20 Summit residents, mostly members of the Kiwanis Club, were taken on a tour of the Ford Motor plant in Kearny.

The Roth-Strand Theater was showing a Tom Mix western, and "Ham and Eggs at the Front", a war comedy in which all the cast, including Myrna Loy,  wore blackface. In the classifieds: A Steinway baby grand piano for sale. For less talented music lovers, "for sale cheap" a player piano with more than fifty rolls of music.

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A Colorful Wedding

boxerThe Summit Herald of October 12, 1901 reported that a representative of the Lackawanna Railroad met with a special committee of the Common Council to discuss lowering the tracks into a below-ground cut. The work was expected to cost half a million dollars. The Ancient Order of Foresters planned an evening of public entertainment with a comedian, juggler, and several musicians. In addition, the Edison projectoscope company was to show moving pictures related to the Pan-American Exposition and the assassination of President McKinley.

The wedding of Miss Winnifred Sackett and Mr. Edwin Risley took place in the Central Presbyterian Church, which was decorated in yellow and purple (the colors of Williams College, the groom's alma mater). The matron of honor wore her white lace wedding gown, and carried purple asters. The bridesmaids, in pale yellow silk, carried daisies. By an interesting coincidence, it was the 43rd wedding anniversary of the officiant, Rev. Theodore Frelinghuysen White.

In foreign news, the Marconi wireless company made an agreement with the Lloyd shipping agency to install "wireless apparatus" at Lloyd's offices around the world.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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The "Drys" Have It

dame fashionThe Summit Herald of October 5, 1923 reported that Common Council had received bids for a new fire truck, all around $13,000. At the state Republican convention in Trenton, the "Drys" supporting Prohibition soundly defeated the "Wets". Naturalist Dr. Raymond Ditmars was scheduled to give a series of lectures on wild animals, illustrated by moving pictures. Admission was $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for students. Mrs. Miriam Wallace announced that she would be offering classes in folk dancing and eurythmy at the Calvary Church parish house.

In the classifieds: Lost, a green parrot with a red throat. Found, a fur scarf. For sale, a squirrel coat, never worn. Help wanted, an experiences waitress and chambermaid (German or Scandinavian).

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