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The Summit Herald of January 14, 1921 announced some historic changes in state government. Margaret B. Laird and Jennie C. Van Ness became the first women to serve in the New Jersey Assembly, and Dr. Walter G. Alexander the first African American. Summit Librarian Miss Emilie Hill reported that the library circulated 54,584 books in 1920—the busiest year ever. Library membership increased to 4,469, more than 50% of the reading population of Summit. The Lyric Theatre showed Douglas Fairbanks in “The Mark of Zorro”. The Overlook Hospital Training School for Nurses advertised for students in its 27-month course. Eligible women should be between the ages of 19-35, and have at least one year of high school.

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