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Alien Enemies

wanamakerThe Summit Herald of January 25, 1918 reported that Chief of Police George Brown would begin registering German Alien Enemies, as instructed by Federal authorities. Alien Enemies were any German-born males, 14 or older, who were not naturalized American Citizens. They were to sign affidavits vowing to peaceably abide by U.S. laws. The U.S. Marshall reminded registering officers that registrants were not to be considered "persons of evil disposition" and should be treated in a courteous and friendly way.

Local businesses (except for essential services) followed the new instructions of the U,S, Fuel Administration to close every Monday. Many people who had day off work chose to go to the movies. The Lyric Theatre was open Monday, and closed Tuesday.

A stereopticon lecture by noted western photographer Mr. Clatworthy on the scenery of the Rocky Mountains was scheduled to take place at the Lincoln School Auditorium. Tickets were 50¢ for adults and 25¢ for children 12 and under. All proceeds would go to the Junior Red Cross Fund.

Blind children from the Arthur Home were invited to participate in a special exhibition of finger-work by the blind at the State House in Trenton. They set up a miniature cottage (the size of a large dollhouse), fully furnished, and with a barn and garage. The roadway outside the cottage was equipped with a red automobile, express wagons, and go carts, as well as a fire truck.

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A Corn-y Luncheon

thriftThe Summit Herald of January 18, 1924 reported that many businesses and organizations in Summit were observing National Thrift Week, beginning on January 17, the birthday of Benjamin Franklin.  Stores offered Thrift Week sales, Local banks distributed free budget books. At the D.A.R. meeting, Mrs. R.H. Reeve read a paper on the life of Franklin.

A violent rain and windstorm caused property damage and several auto accidents. At the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the airship Shenandoah was ripped loose from its moorings by the wind, and was later seen flying over Westfield.

The Women's Alliance of All Souls' Church enjoyed a demonstration luncheon, in which most of the dishes were cooked with Mazola, Argo, and Karo corn products. The menu included Veal Croquettes (fried in Mazola oil), Fruit Salad (with Mazola mayonnaise), Apple Pie (presumably thickened with Argo cornstarch), Hot Tea Biscuits (shortened with Mazola), and Karo Fudge. The 60 guests left feeling "well content in mind and well filled in body".

The New Jersey Legislature returned to work with a large number of proposed bills. These included: renaming the Amboy Bridge "Victory Bridge" in honor of the veterans of the war, allocating $7 million to the Hudson tunnel project; a prohibition against mask-wearing in public, aimed at the KKK; and a one cent tax on gasoline to pay for road building.

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Silence on the [Basketball] Court

plumbingThe Summit Herald of January 11, 1908 reported that Common Council received a letter from Mayor Risk urging the Council to offer a reward for information about a recent string of burglaries in the city. Residents of Hobart Avenue decided to hire a special night watchman to guard their homes.

The Summit Express Company announced that they would be discontinuing their livery business, and would be selling off their horse, wagons, and harness. The Fortnightly Club celebrated its 15th anniversary with a luncheon at the Hotel Beechwood. The Summit Spartans basketball team played a new opponent—the Silent Five of Newark, a team of deaf-mute individuals. The Spartans won, 52-38. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Summit announced a special speaker: Col. George W. Bain, the “silver-tongued orator” of Kentucky. Harry Spinning of Summit won third place for his Black Orpington cockerel at the Morris County Poultry Association. Reports from Panama indicated that progress on digging the canal was speeding up.

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