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The Greatest Celebration

little americansThe Summit Herald of July 5, 1918 reported that Summit had the greatest Independence Day celebration in the city's history. The parade, lead by a police escort, included: the Sons of the American Revolution, a band, Italian societies (in white felt hats), the Boy Scouts, representatives of the local schools (carrying flags), the Millburn band, the Red Cross, the Summit Municipal Band, the Stirling and Summit chapters of the State Militia Reserves, and the Fire Department (with all their trucks polished and gleaming).  There were also some humorous touches, such as the boy dressed as the Kaiser who who was marched along by an American infantryman poking a rifle into his back. The honored guests reviewing the parade were the Mayor, members of Common Council, and veterans of the War of the Rebellion. The afternoon was devoted to athletic activities: competitions in long jump, shot put, and tug of war, followed by a baseball game of single men vs. married men, and drills performed by the Militia Reserve. In the evening, the Municipal Band gave a concert to several thousand listeners from the bandstand on Springfield Avenue.

At the Common Council meeting, a letter was received from M.W. Van Cise, asking permission to shoot rabbits on his property who had been destroying produce in his market garden. The question was referred to the police department, since it involved game laws.

The Food Conservation Committee published a recipe for rye muffins, made mostly of rye flour with a little wheat flour.

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Carriage Vs. Automobile

musicboxThe Summit Record of June 28, 1902 reported that a fire destroyed two barns in the business district. The first belonged the Mrs. Riemann, and was located behind her Springfield Avenue grocery store. The fire then spread to the adjacent barn belonging to Dr. McIntosh. The fire department was able to put out the fire, but two horses belonging to Mrs. Riemann could not be rescued, and a large amount of flour and other inventory stored in the barn was lost. It was believed that the fire was caused by a spark from a passing locomotive, as the barn was only 20 feet from the railroad tracks.

City Clerk Daniel Day was seriously injured when the horse he was driving was startled by an automobile. The horse lunged to one side, overturning the runabout carriage, and throwing Mr. Day to the ground. He suffered a broken collarbone and other injuries.

Workers at the Summit Silk Mill went on strike, in sympathy with the silk workers in Paterson, who had been striking for several weeks. All 750 Summit workers walked out, including weavers, warpers, twisters, and loom fixers. Union representatives made it clear that this was a sympathy strike, and that they had no complaints with conditions or wages at the Summit Silk Mill. The mill shut down, and no attempt was made to run it with non-union workers.

A recipe for Scalloped Bananas: cut six bananas into half-inch slices. Line a pudding dish with small pieces of bread, then a layer of banana. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar and one of lemon juice. Repeat these layers, ending with bread. Top with a tablespoon of melted butter, sprinkle with sugar, and bake in a quick oven [N.B.: 375-400 F] for 30 minutes.

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Six Million Trees

traffic copThe Summit Herald of June 21, 1929 reported that Summit High School graduated a class of 92 students, the largest in the school's history. The seniors entered to Grieg's Triumphal March, played by the High School Orchestra. Artwork by students in the Summit schools was put on display for the summer in the art room of the Public Library. The exhibit included travel posters created by students in the elementary schools.

Mrs. W.S. Gaylord of Summit won a pewter cream and sugar set in a woman's golf competition at Canoe Brook. She was one of 15 players. Her score was 38 (playing odd holes only). The State Forest Nursery announced that it had six million tree seedlings, half of which would be made available to farmers throughout New Jersey.

The Editor condemned the shootings by prohibition enforcement agents, especially near the Canadian border. Agents armed with high-powered rifles and sawed-off shotguns were firing recklessly at individuals suspected of possessing alcohol, leading to the deaths of non-violent bootleggers and even innocent people. He also repeated a recent warning about typhoid fever by City Health Officer Dr. Dengler. Although high standards of sanitation in Summit had eliminated the disease, he recommended that those planning summer travel get a typhoid vaccine.

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