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Young Liquor Thieves Robbed of Their Loot

washerThe Summit Herald of October 6, 1931 reported that someone broke into a dental office and stole a piece of gold bridgework that the dentist had been working on. Mr. Edwin Knapp petitioned the Board of Health to reinstate his permit to keep chickens at his home. Two boys, aged 14 and 16, broke into a home on Kent Place Boulevard and stole about 30 bottles of whiskey. They drank some, and stored the rest in their garage, only to have the liquor stolen from them by some older boys who were in on the secret. 19-year-old Princeton University student Graham Reeves and his 16-year-old sister, Susan, were injured in a crash when the engine of the plane he was flying failed. They were taken to a hospital in Montclair, and were expected to recover. A couple inquiring at the Summit police station for "a place to get married" were permitted to use the police courtroom for that purpose. The ceremony was performed by a deacon visiting from out of state, who repeatedly commented that they didn't do things that way in Virginia.

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Overlook Hospital Opens

fall fashionThe Summit Herald of September 29, 1906 reported that over 1000 people attended the opening of the newly-built Overlook Hospital, which was 3 stories high and would accommodate 30 patients. Mr. James Wagner offered a $5 reward for his lost collie. An ostrich breeder from Florida was arrested for driving an ostrich (hitched to a lightweight cart) in New York’s Central Park without permission from the Parks Department. In Summit’s fiercely fought primary election, “regular Republicans” won over “Colbyites” (followers of dissident Republican Everett Colby). Bartlett’s Great American Band and Vaudeville (25 musicians! 25 artists!) was coming to perform in Summit at Colonial Hall. The Governor of Georgia called in the state militia into Atlanta to stop mob violence against African Americans.

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USS Summit Launched

steamerThe Summit Herald of September 22, 1941 reported that a fire broke out in a supply closet at the Central Junior High School. Fortunately, students had already left the building, and the blaze was quickly brought under control by a custodian with a fire extinguisher. Mr. Roland Beattie of Mountain Avenue was dealing with the gasoline shortage by driving a 1909 Stanley Steamer, which ran on steam created by a kerosene burner. The Strand Theatre was showing “Aloma of the South Seas”, a romantic adventure starring Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall. At a shipyard in Rockland, Maine, Summit resident Miss Louise Dey officially launched a minesweeper, the USS Summit, named after this city.

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