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Wandering Chickens

ice companyThe Summit Herald of May 4, 1917 reported that local election boards would be used for a “military census” to compile names of men eligible for the soon-to-be-passed selective service bill. The Summit chapter of the National Defense Organization added an automobile unit and a hospital corps. Plans were announced for the upcoming Better Babies Week (May 14-18), with lectures, moving pictures, and practical demonstrations. At the annual meeting of the Fortnightly Club, members voted to approve donations to the public library and to a fund for Belgian orphans. The issue of women’s suffrage was discussed, and the club decided to take no official stance on it. Mayor Ruford Franklin sent a detailed letter to Common Council, covering a variety of issues. He was concerned about Council’s criticisms of the police department, offered recommendations for road maintenance (driveways not level with sidewalks, “groggy-looking” old street signs), and passed along public complaints about chickens invading neighboring gardens.

In the classified ads, James Geddis advertised space for cars in his new, fireproof garage. A 6-room house was available for rent at $20 per month. The Union County Mosquito Commission was looking to hire male laborers (must be citizens) for 8-hour work days at 30¢ per hour.

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