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President McKinley shot!

mckinley01The Summit Herald of September 7, 1901 reported that President William McKinley was shot the previous afternoon while visiting the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Surgeons were able to remove a bullet from the chest, but not the second one, which went into the abdomen. The wounds were serious, but there was hope that the President might recover.

Labor Day was celebrated by a special exhibition of the Summit Fire Department. All four fire companies turned out in full uniform with their equipment, including the new hook and ladder truck, which was pulled by a fine team of bay horses. Each company demonstrated their skills with timed trials: connecting hoses to hydrants and raising ladders to the tops of buildings.

Miss Ethel Hay returned from her vacation at Bradley Beach with a special souvenir: a silver trophy cup. She had the highest score of the season in the Bradley Beach Ladies Bowling Club.

The editorial page quoted the Newark Advertiser on the practice of “tipping” in barber shops and restaurants. The custom was borrowed from Europe, and became universal in the United States, but in the editors’ opinion, it was un-American, and should be abolished.

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Swimming the Canal, Bamming the Ivories

dry cleaningThe Summit Herald of August 31, 1928 reported that Summit resident Henry Birdsall Marsh had been chosen as the architect of a half-million-dollar building at Drew University. Summit was the meeting place for members of the NJ State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. A recent session of the Debating Club focused on the candidates for the upcoming presidential election: Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Two young men from Summit returned from a summer cruise of 28,000 miles as cadets on the steamship “American Legion”, journeying to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Items for sale in the classifieds included a 1925 Star touring car ( $75), an Atwater Kent 5-tube radio set, a Thor electric washing machine, and elderberries.

Aviator Arthur Goebel, Jr. flew from Los Angeles to New York in 18 hours 58 minutes. For the first time ever, the locks of the Panama Canal opened for a person, not a ship, as American adventurer Richard Halliburton swam the length of the canal. In Berlin, Edward Kemp set a world record for non-stop piano playing, having “bammed the ivories” for 82 hours.

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Those Dam Kids

coalThe Summit Herald of August 24, 1917 was full of news about war preparations. The Summit draft board was giving health examinations to 150 men per day. The Red Cross urged local women to spend some time in the sewing workshop at the YMCA to make bandages, or to pick up some donated wool and start knitting warm garments for troops overseas.  At Denmary Farm in Murray Hill, a lawn fete was held to raise funds for the Red Cross. The event included dance exhibitions accompanied by an orchestra from Morristown. Supper on the lawn was lit by electric lights, with current provided for free by Commonwealth Electric of Summit. The event raised $200.

Former Summit resident George Herbert Manley died in an aviation accident in France. He had volunteered for service shortly after war was declared, and had been scheduled to be sent to the front.

78-year-old Francis Stone passed away two weeks before his 51st wedding anniversary. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the New York State Militia in 1862.

Patrolman Patrick Kelly rounded up a group of a dozen boys who were swimming in the brook near Tulip Street. Though it was normally shallow, they had built a temporary dam to back up the flow of the stream. They boys were taken to the police station and given a reprimand.

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