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Trains, Trolleys, and Bridges

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The Summit Record of June 9, 1906 reported that the Rahway Valley Railroad would soon be completing a track connecting Summit to Elizabeth. Hourly trains would cover the 12-mile distance in 20 minutes. The Common Council considered a proposal to install trolley tracks in East Summit. The Governors of New Jersey and New York appointed members of an interstate commission to investigate the possibility of a “great bridge” across the Hudson River. President Roosevelt and the members of Congress were horrified by the Neill-Reynolds report on the unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing plants of Chicago. Upton Sinclair, whose novel had spurred the investigation, declared that he would continue to oppose the “big beef men”, despite receiving death threats.

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

Baseball Battle of the Sexes

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The Summit Record of June 2, 1921 reported that Summit resident A.G. Batchelder died in “the worst accident in the history of aeronautics in America” when an Army ambulance plane came down in an electrical storm over Maryland. All seven people on board were killed. A Memorial Day ceremony was held at the flagpole in Bonnell Park with the participation of the Summit Municipal Band, the American Legion, the Boy Scouts, and the St. Teresa’s Fife and Drum Corps. A purely-for-fun baseball game of men vs. women was played on the athletic field of Summit Academy. The women’s team wore masculine garb and the men wore skirts. The men were required to use only their left hands. After ten and a half innings, the umpire declared the ladies’ team the winner, with a score of 11-10. Aunt Prudence shared seasonal recipes for Strawberry Short-Cake, Strawberry Biscuit Loaf, and Rhubarb Conserve.

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

To Europe on the Hindenburg

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The Summit Herald of May 26, 1936 reported that Summit jeweler George Busch, Jr. traveled to Europe on the first return flight of the zeppelin Hindenburg. He intended to visit Antwerp and Amsterdam, in order to make purchases at the diamond markets in those cities. A garden plant exchange took place on the grounds of the Summit Public Library, co-sponsored by the Library and the Township Improvement Committee. Plants for rock gardens were in particular demand. The Summit Peace Council—a new organization formed to further the cause of world peace—held its second meeting at the YMCA. In the classifieds, someone wanted to exchange a used car in good condition for dental service.

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