The Summit Herald of December 22, 1916 reported that Common Council rejected a request from local taverns to be open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (on Sundays that year). The Summit Choral Club performed Handel's "Messiah" at Calvary Church. There were many Christmas celebrations in the city, including a nativity play at Kent Place, and parties at the YMCA, the Lions Club, and the Roosevelt Nursery School.The American Legion announced a special movie party for local children at the Strand Theatre, with a showing of "Tarzan Finds a Son". Bamberger's in Newark announced that December 18 was the busiest sale day in the store's history. Miss Bertha Eastmond of Summit informed Orphans Court that she would be unable to serve as executrix of the will of her late friend, Mrs. Marta Palmgren, as she was much too busy with her work for the Social Register.
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