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Vacation Time!

willysThe Summit Herald of August 3, 1923 reported that President Warren G. Harding died in San Francisco the previous day. The front page contained large illustrations of the late President and of his successor, Calvin Coolidge. Governor Silzer announced an investigation into garbage from New York City drifting onto New Jersey beaches, due to garbage scows dumping their loads 5 miles from shore, instead of the 25 miles required by law. The Lyric Theatre presented the movie “Monte Cristo” (based on the Dumas novel), produced by William Fox and starring John Gilbert and Estelle Taylor.

The social news column was full of vacation plans. Dr. Clara Tuttle was off on a motor trip to her former home in Rockland, Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Vander Sommer of New York City and their daughter, Lucille, came to Summit to spend three weeks at the Beechwood Hotel. The Thiesmeyer family returned from a month at Budd’s Lake. At the Summit train station, friends of the Eugene Jobs family gathered with flowers and fruit baskets to say farewell as they began a trip to the Pacific Coast.

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Adventures on the Road

swimsuitsThe Summit Herald of July 20, 1928 reported that Common Council voted to seek bids for paving 11 local streets with asphalt, although a petition from property owners favored concrete instead. The Board of Recreation agreed to permit Sunday baseball games at Soldiers’ Memorial Field, provided that no fees were charged and neither team was traveling from out of town.

World record holder Jimmy Jordan was scheduled do a 100-hour endurance drive through the streets of Summit without stopping to eat or sleep. Following his marathon cruise in a Pontiac automobile, Mr. Jordan planned to get some sleep—in the display window of Clickenger’s furniture store on Springfield Avenue. The stunt was sponsored by Clickenger’s, the H.F. Taylor Motor Car Company, and 7 other local businesses.

19-year-old Reese T. Davis, whose parents had recently moved to Summit, spent his summer helping to set another sort of driving record. He was a driver on the Boy Scout “covered wagon”—a REO Speedwagon altered to look like a pioneer covered wagon. Mr. Davis, 4 other Scouts, and 2 Scout directors were chosen to make the long drive from New York City to San Francisco on the Lincoln Highway.

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Rabid dogs attack

spotlessThe Summit Herald of July 13, 1917 reported that two women who graduated from the nursing school at Overlook Hospital were featured in a Hearst-Pathé newsreel. They had served in France with the Harvard Hospital Unit, and were filmed in England at a party hosted by Sir Thomas Lipton. To encourage food conservation, a community market was to open at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Beechwood Road, for local farmers and gardeners to sell their produce. Mayor Ruford Franklin proclaimed that any dogs found running loose in would be destroyed, unless they wore wire muzzles. At least 7 people in Summit were bitten by pet dogs which tested positive for rabies. The victims went to New York to undergo the Pasteur serum treatment. In a letter to the editor, Leila Smith (Mrs. G.H. Smith} stated that the issue of women's suffrage should be set aside for the duration of the war, and that both suffragists and "antis" should recognize that they were enlisted in a greater cause.

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