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The "Merry Eight" Go to New York

hanksThe Summit Record of March 8, 1902 reported that the Board of Education held a special meeting to consider a request from the Board of Health: that all students attending Summit schools be required to be vaccinated against smallpox. New cases of the disease were being reported daily in surrounding communities. The Board agreed unanimously.

The newly-established Canoe Brook Country Club was nearly ready to break ground for its clubhouse on the western slope of Hobart Hill. The clubhouse design was by New York architect Warrington G. Lawrence. Membership was expected to be about 250 persons.

A group of Summit boys and girls known as the "Merry Eight" formed at the beginning of winter, and lived up to their name by enjoying skating, sleighing lunches, and other outdoors fun. The paper reported that they travelled into New York City on the 12:04 train to see the musical play "Foxy Granpa". The trip was chaperoned by Mrs. G.O. Leavitt.

A recipe for "Turkish Delight" candy was reprinted from the New York Post. In the classified ads: Wanted, a girl to be an apprentice and errand girl to a dressmaker. For sale, good fresh young cow, cheap. Found, a bull-terrier pup.

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North Pole Explorer Visits Summit

telephone thanksThe Summit Herald of March 1, 1927 reported that over a hundred residents attended an informal meeting at City Hall to discuss a rezoning plan that would allow the construction of more apartment buildings in Summit. The majority of those present seemed to oppose apartment buildings, which one attendee called "cave-dwellings". The YWCA held a mother-daughter banquet in the auditorium of the YMCA. Speakers talked about the growth of the organization, and of the need for a new building. An exciting program on thefirst flight to the North Pole was scheduled for the High School auditorium.  Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Byrd of the U.S. Navy  was to speak on his flight in a Fokker monoplane to the Pole and back, illustrated by motion pictures he had taken himself.

The "Personal Mention" column mentioned upcoming trips for several residents. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dallon were sailing for a two-month trip to Peru.  Auto mechanic Lawrence van Gleson planned a six-month cross-country trip with his wife and daughter. They would take the southern route to California, then return in late summer by the northern route. Miss Mary Davis of Linden Place was sailing to Beruit, Syria. From there, she planned to drive through the Holy Land to visit friends in Teheran, Persia.

In the classified ads: Lost, a wire-haired terrier named "Dandy". Reward $100. Help Wanted, a neat, respectable white woman for general housework. For Rent, semi-detached house, seven rooms, bath and pantry, $75.

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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.

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