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A Corn-y Luncheon

thriftThe Summit Herald of January 18, 1924 reported that many businesses and organizations in Summit were observing National Thrift Week, beginning on January 17, the birthday of Benjamin Franklin.  Stores offered Thrift Week sales, Local banks distributed free budget books. At the D.A.R. meeting, Mrs. R.H. Reeve read a paper on the life of Franklin.

A violent rain and windstorm caused property damage and several auto accidents. At the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the airship Shenandoah was ripped loose from its moorings by the wind, and was later seen flying over Westfield.

The Women's Alliance of All Souls' Church enjoyed a demonstration luncheon, in which most of the dishes were cooked with Mazola, Argo, and Karo corn products. The menu included Veal Croquettes (fried in Mazola oil), Fruit Salad (with Mazola mayonnaise), Apple Pie (presumably thickened with Argo cornstarch), Hot Tea Biscuits (shortened with Mazola), and Karo Fudge. The 60 guests left feeling "well content in mind and well filled in body".

The New Jersey Legislature returned to work with a large number of proposed bills. These included: renaming the Amboy Bridge "Victory Bridge" in honor of the veterans of the war, allocating $7 million to the Hudson tunnel project; a prohibition against mask-wearing in public, aimed at the KKK; and a one cent tax on gasoline to pay for road building.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:

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Silence on the [Basketball] Court

plumbingThe Summit Herald of January 11, 1908 reported that Common Council received a letter from Mayor Risk urging the Council to offer a reward for information about a recent string of burglaries in the city. Residents of Hobart Avenue decided to hire a special night watchman to guard their homes.

The Summit Express Company announced that they would be discontinuing their livery business, and would be selling off their horse, wagons, and harness. The Fortnightly Club celebrated its 15th anniversary with a luncheon at the Hotel Beechwood. The Summit Spartans basketball team played a new opponent—the Silent Five of Newark, a team of deaf-mute individuals. The Spartans won, 52-38. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Summit announced a special speaker: Col. George W. Bain, the “silver-tongued orator” of Kentucky. Harry Spinning of Summit won third place for his Black Orpington cockerel at the Morris County Poultry Association. Reports from Panama indicated that progress on digging the canal was speeding up.

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

The Most Dangerous Road in the County

oopsThe Summit Herald of January 4, 1927 reported that the New Year had been welcomed in with many celebrations. Over 500 dancers attended the Patrolmen’s Ball at St. Teresa Hall. A quieter gathering of 50 attended the Community Watch Night service at the YWCA, with songs, meditations, prayers, and socializing.

Mayor Cornish addressed Common Council. He praised their plans for the coming year, especially the paving of Springfield Avenue, which he described as “the most dangerous road in the county”.

The Subscription Concert committee announced that the next concert would feature cellist Pablo Casals playing works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Handel, and Beethoven. Two Summit men were arrested on the charge of selling alcohol on New Year’s Eve. No alcohol was found on the premises, and they were released on bail, pending trial. Jersey Central Power & Light advertised an electric warming pad for only $8.50 (95₵ down, $1 per month).

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