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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.

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Medical Controversy

corsetThe Summit Herald of February 1, 1924 published letters from several prominent physicians on the controversy surrounding the Schick test, a medical test to determine which children had no resistance to Diphtheria, and would need a vaccine. This was in response to parents who were concerned that the test, which contained Diphtheria toxin, might harm their children.

The new YWCA building on Morris Avenue opened. A movie review praised "Where the North Begins" (coming soon to the Lyric Theatre), in which a French-Canadian trapped is attacked by outlaws. He is saved by a wild dog , played by the famous Rin-Tin-Tin. The Heraldings for Housewives column provided a recipe for codfish croquettes and tips on making smooth, lump-free icing. In the classifieds: Lost, a pearl necklace between Overlook Hospital and the trolley car barns; a gold knife and chain at the skating pond; a green and plaid automobile blanket, near Gospel Hall. For sale: a spinning wheel, a six-foot davenport, and a man's Siberian dog overcoat. Mah Jongg lessons: $4 for a table of four people.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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Alien Enemies

wanamakerThe Summit Herald of January 25, 1918 reported that Chief of Police George Brown would begin registering German Alien Enemies, as instructed by Federal authorities. Alien Enemies were any German-born males, 14 or older, who were not naturalized American Citizens. They were to sign affidavits vowing to peaceably abide by U.S. laws. The U.S. Marshall reminded registering officers that registrants were not to be considered "persons of evil disposition" and should be treated in a courteous and friendly way.

Local businesses (except for essential services) followed the new instructions of the U,S, Fuel Administration to close every Monday. Many people who had day off work chose to go to the movies. The Lyric Theatre was open Monday, and closed Tuesday.

A stereopticon lecture by noted western photographer Mr. Clatworthy on the scenery of the Rocky Mountains was scheduled to take place at the Lincoln School Auditorium. Tickets were 50¢ for adults and 25¢ for children 12 and under. All proceeds would go to the Junior Red Cross Fund.


Blind children from the Arthur Home were invited to participate in a special exhibition of finger-work by the blind at the State House in Trenton. They set up a miniature cottage (the size of a large dollhouse), fully furnished, and with a barn and garage. The roadway outside the cottage was equipped with a red automobile, express wagons, and go carts, as well as a fire truck.

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