The Summit Herald of March 30, 1917 reported that Mellicent Whitlock and Clinton Van Cise would be married the next day, though their wedding was originally scheduled for the fall. It was expected that the U.S. would be entering the European war very soon, and as Mr. Van Cise was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, he would likely be called up for active service. Private J.P. Jensen of the Canadian Black Watch was scheduled to give a talk at All Souls’ Church about his experiences in the trenches. He was visiting New York to consult with medical specialists about his shrapnel wounds.
Ten-year-old Ernest Guardilla was struck by a car on his way home from school. He had been riding on the tailgate of a truck, and fell. The driver of the car took him to Overlook Hospital, where he later died. The driver was not charged. A note on the editorial page condemned the habit of boys “hitching” rides, and said it was surprising that more children in Summit had not been injured or killed.
General George Goethals, former Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal was appointed State Engineer of New Jersey. In the classified ads, someone was selling an Edison phonograph and 80 wax records for $15 (original cost, $200), and a moving picture machine and 2,000 feet of films for $6. The Summit Garden Club announced a contest for the best small vegetable gardens; the 6 winners would receive cash prizes.
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