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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.

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Hurricane Devastates Galveston

axelgreaseThe Summit Herald of September 15, 1900 reported on the college plans of recent graduates of Summit High School. The class of 1900 contained 8 people. The hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, was estimated to have killed at least 5,000 people, and left more than 15,000 homeless. Burglars entered the home of Frank A. Wright and removed two drawers of silverware valued at $50. Miss Faith Ripley of Minneapolis married Mr. Howard Atterbury of Summit at the U.S. Legation in Buenos Ayres, where the groom was working for the International Paper Co. President McKinley accepted the nomination as Republican candidate to run against William Jennings Bryan in the upcoming election. 

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Rev. Florence Randolph Visits Holy Land

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The Summit Herald of September 8, 1931 reported that the Board of Education defended its decision to open schools on schedule—including the new Jefferson School and expanded Franklin School—despite there being a polio outbreak in the metropolitan region, and one active case in Summit. Several other local school districts, among them Millburn, Madison, Westfield, and Berkeley Heights, decided to postpone opening. The Rev. Florence Randolph gave a talk at the Colored Y.M.C.A. Hall about her recent trip to the Holy Land. In the “help wanted” column, a family of 5 was looking for a houseworker, preferably German or Swedish. A highlight of the Atlantic City flower show was an exotic South American orchid called Espiritu Santo, imported by the Summit firm of Lager & Hurrell.

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