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Comstock Fights Pornography

The Summit Herald of December 8, 1900 reported that Summit resident and anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock raided the American Electroscope Company in New York, confiscating thousands of obscene picture and negatives. Common Council considered a number of bids for renovating the fire house, but rejected them all as being too high. A burglar alarm bell was installed at police headquarters, connected to the Summit Bank. The government commission appointed to study the construction of a canal across Central America recommended a route across Nicaragua instead of Panama. The YMCA announced that the Rev. Charles Sammon, a missionary recently returned from China, would speak about his experiences during the siege of Tientsin by Boxer rebels. At a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, members discussed the unhealthy conditions in Summit tenements. An advertisement extolled the marvels of Mr. Edison’s new phonograph, which is superior to a piano or music box because it also sings, talks, and plays all the instruments of an orchestra.

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Assault with an Egg

rockneThe Summit Herald of December 1, 1931 reported that a special election was to be held to elect a replacement for the late Ernest R. Ackerman, Congressman from New Jersey’s Fifth District. Three freight cars full of Christmas trees arrived at the Summit train yard, to be distributed among local dealers. Several Summit artists participated in an exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum; one of them, landscape painter Junius Allen, won first prize for oils. Mrs. Ilya Pryce of Oakridge Avenue was charged with assault and battery on a court officer who came to collect a payment on a bedroom furniture set. Mrs. Pryce, who was preparing breakfast at the time, threw a raw egg at the man, which spattered all over his coat. The community was saddened by the death of Dr. William Lamson following a sudden illness and surgery. His brother Edwin, who suffered from a heart condition, passed away the next day.

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War or Peace?

thanksgiving dinnerThe Summit Herald of November 24, 1916 reported on a nationwide fundraising effort for war-torn Belgium, where many children were contracting tuberculosis. Mayor Ruford Franklin moderated a debate of pacifism vs. preparedness on “How May We Have Peace?”. Artist Edmund Osthaus, noted for his paintings of dogs, hosted an exhibition of his work at his home/studio on Bedford Road. Ernest Thompson Seton, author of “Wild Animals I Have Known” was scheduled to lecture at All Soul’s Church about “Preparedness and the Boy Scout Movement”. In the classified ads, a reward was offered for the safe return of a black-and-tan striped cat named “Tiger”. C.J. wanted to buy a set of brass andirons, and Mrs. E.R. Hall wished to hire a neat Protestant girl as a cook.

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