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Dogs Must be Quarantined

vacation serviceThe Summit Herald of June 14, 1940 reported that local women were asked to donate blankets and clothing for refugee children in France. Members of the Lincoln School PTA petitioned the Mayor and Common Council to purchase an adjacent property to build an adequate playground for the students. In the Letters to the Editor, local residents debated the city's Fourth of July plans: should the city put on the usual fireworks display or donate the money to the Red Cross?

Summit Health Office Henry P. Dengler warned local dog owners of a mandate from the state that all dogs must be quarantined for the next three months--kept confined in a building or pen, except when on a leash. This was in response to the prevalence of rabies in the northern part of the state. Residents allowing their dogs to run loose would be fined $50 for the first offense, and $100 for each further offense.

The "Home on the Range" cooking column gave recipes for ice cream (lemon, chocolate, mocha, and chocolate coconut), and instructions for making ice cream sandwiches by putting a spoonful of ice cream between two fig newtons..

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Swat the Fly

electric fanThe Summit Herald of June 7, 1918 reported that the Summit Board of Education discussed dropping German language classes in the following school year. Although all members were in favor of the idea, they were concerned about four students who would be seniors in the fall, and had already taken two years of German. Three years of a modern foreign language was a college entrance requirement, and it was not possible to switch languages in the senior year. No formal resolution was made. Mr. Nixon proposed a resolution to take all thirty copies of a German textbook ("German propaganda") no longer used by the schools and make them the basis of a public bonfire on the Fourth of July. The resolution was not taken seriously, and no one seconded it.

The Lyric Theater advertised a showing of "Over the Top", a photoplay based on the bestselling book by Sergeant Arthur Guy Empey about his experiences in the trenches.

The Co-operative Charities and the Board of Health announced a "Swat the Fly" campaign to help prevent the spread of fly-borne illnesses. The individuals bringing in the most dead flies to the Board of Health would receive cash prizes. First prize: $5.

Miss Alma Pearson provided a War Conservation Recipe for Ginger Bread made with barley flour.

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Jack Manley Rose Builds a Ship

manserThe Summit Herald of May 31, 1932 reported that the official Memorial Day ceremony was held in Bonnel Park, in front of the angel statue which is a memorial to Summit's war dead. The ceremony began with a small parade by the High School band, and members of the American Legion, V.F.W., S.A.R., D.A.R., and the Boy Scouts. For the first time in the history of the ceremony, no Civil War veterans were present. (Mr. Robinson of New Providence, the only local veteran, had passed away since the 1931 ceremony..)

A handcrafted model of "Sunbeam", a 19th century whaling ship, was put on display at the Summit Trust Company. It was built by Jack Manley Rose, a book and magazine illustrator and theater set designer. The model, done in 1/4 inch:1 foot scale, took three years to research and build. Mr. Rose unearthed the blueprints for the "Sunbeam" and visited a whaling museum in New Bedford to confirm details.

"Red Joe" Everson, aged 52, died at Overlook Hospital five days after being struck by a train, which resulted in him losing a leg. He was a tramp and a local character, well known to the Summit police as a "chemist" who produced crude alcohol from canned heat, which he sold to hoboes. Earlier in his life, he had worked as a chauffeur for several local families. His bravado in the face of terrible pain earned him admiration, even from the police, and he was buried in Linden at city expense.

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