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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

Turkey, Duck, or Roast Beef?

audienceThe Summit Herald of November 17, 1939 reported that singer Marion Anderson would be giving a recital at the High School auditorium. The Summit Businessmen's Association voted to become a Chamber of Commerce. Four local young men were arrested for stealing 1,000 pounds of copper from the Public Service property on River Road. A New York contractor was chosen to construct the new Bell Laboratories buildings in Murray Hill. The Hotel Beechwood advertised a special Thanksgiving dinner, from soup (clear consommé or cream of corn) to nuts (with assorted fruit). In addition to the traditional turkey, diners had a choice of duckling with orange sauce or roast beef, at a price of $1.25 per person. The family that wanted to eat at home could buy a 10-lb roasted turkey (with stuffing and gravy) from Hill City Deli for $4.50.

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

Presidential Election Results

mckinleyThe Summit Herald of November 10, 1900 reported that Summit had its largest voter turnout ever, and reelected President William McKinley (and new running mate Theodore Roosevelt) over William Jennings Bryan by a wide margin.  Some local residents had made bets on the election results. Payment did not involve money; the losers had to give the winners rides in a wheelbarrow. A paper by the President of the Library Board of Trustees was read aloud at a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, urging that the library receive funding of $1000 per year from the city, as the current annual funding of $150 (plus fines and donations) was just enough for maintenance, and did not cover the purchase of new books. Magician Alexander Victor (“the man of mystery”) was scheduled to perform in Summit; tickets were priced at 25¢, 35¢, and 50¢.

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