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Free Gum For All

desantisThe Summit Herald of December 29, 1931 reported that Common Council would discuss if it should require licenses of peddlers and itinerant merchants in order to protect local businesses. Local relief organizers opened sewing rooms where unemployed women would be paid to make or repair children's clothing to be donated to poor families. Dr. Henry Dengler, the city's Health Officer, received a letter from a boy in the small town of Amber, Washington who said he'd heard that the doctor would send free gum to anyone who asked. In the "lost and found" column, a reward was offered for a lost necklace with two strands of pearls and a diamond clasp. A used Cinderella Electric Clothes Washer was offered for sale for $10.

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