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Still Knitting at 101

roundupThe Summit Herald of November 16, 1941 reported that the city observed Armistice Day on the 11th with a mile-long parade which attracted 6000 spectators. It consisted of 58 organizations from Summit and surrounding towns, including 6 different marching bands. The Summit Fire Department was not able to join in the parade, as they were busy responding to a house fire on Glenwood Place.

Thirty second-graders from Brayton School were given a tour of Corby's Enterprise Laundry. At a meeting of the Old Guard, the speaker showed colored pictures of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and other scenic monuments of the West. Mrs. Mark Putnam held a benefit bridge party at her home to raise funds for a hostel of bomb-shocked children in England.

Mrs. Marcus Bartlett celebrated her 101st birthday by knitting for the Red Cross. Mrs. Bartlett began knitting for soldiers during the Civil War, and passed the tradition of knitting for good causes to three generations of her family, including her 9-year-old great-granddaughter.  In 1941, she knit 85 pairs of mittens. In response to a comment that the present world situation looked black, she replied, "This country has gone through worse periods of crisis. We pulled out of the Civil War era, and if we could do that, this country can live through anything."

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For Sale: One-Cylinder Cadillac

newhomeThe Summit Herald of November 9, 1907 reported on Tuesday’s election news. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Republican John Fort defeated Democrat Frank Katzenbach. Other candidates represented the Prohibition, Socialist, and Social Labor tickets. In New York City, the Tammany candidates had a sweeping victory. Locally, most of the Republican ticket was elected, except for one Council member and the Mayor.

A letter to the editor praised the nine physicians at Overlook Hospital. The writer noted approvingly that although seven of these practiced allopathic medicine and twopracticed homeopathic medicine, the prejudices of the past had been forgotten, and they worked together harmoniously.

The Young Women’s Christian Temperance Union planned to hold a fair on Saturday at the public school. For sale: homemade candy and cake, fancy articles, and dolls with handmade dresses. For amusement: a “fishing pond” for children, and a Gypsy girl telling fortunes. For refreshments: a 35¢ luncheon.

In the classifieds: Lost, a dark yellow Japanese Eskimo dog, reward offered. For sale: a depot wagon with rubber tires for $175; a one-cylinder Cadillac touring car in good condition. Wanted, a good driving horse for winter.

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Priest Catches Thief

PERCxcfThe Summit Herald of November 2, 1917 reported that fundraising for the war effort was in full swing. The “free wool fund” held a card party to purchase wool for volunteer knitters to make sweaters and other garments for soldiers. Mrs. C.A. Woodhull offered free lessons in making socks on a knitting machine. The Treasure and Trinket Fund was looking for donated bits of silver and gold—silver thimbles, broken pieces of jewelry, etc.—which could be melted down and sold to purchase googles, scarves, and sweaters for military aviators. Donation boxes for the Tobacco Fund (to buy smokes for Summit boys in service) were placed in many stores around town.

When $3 was discovered to be missing from the shrine and poor boxes at St. Teresa’s, suspicion fell on a man who had been seen loitering in the church after services. When the man next appeared, sexton Thomas Dwyer watched him from a hiding place behind the altar. The suspect attempted to pry open a poor box with a nail. The assistant rector, Rev. Cornelius McInerney, ordered the man to stop. When the suspect fled, the sexton, rector, and several others gave chase. The rector caught the thief, who was brought to the police station. He identified himself as Joseph Marshall, but added that it was not his real name, as he was afraid of disgracing his family.

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