The Summit Herald of August 24, 1917 was full of news about war preparations. The Summit draft board was giving health examinations to 150 men per day. The Red Cross urged local women to spend some time in the sewing workshop at the YMCA to make bandages, or to pick up some donated wool and start knitting warm garments for troops overseas. At Denmary Farm in Murray Hill, a lawn fete was held to raise funds for the Red Cross. The event included dance exhibitions accompanied by an orchestra from Morristown. Supper on the lawn was lit by electric lights, with current provided for free by Commonwealth Electric of Summit. The event raised $200.
Former Summit resident George Herbert Manley died in an aviation accident in France. He had volunteered for service shortly after war was declared, and had been scheduled to be sent to the front.
78-year-old Francis Stone passed away two weeks before his 51st wedding anniversary. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the New York State Militia in 1862.
Patrolman Patrick Kelly rounded up a group of a dozen boys who were swimming in the brook near Tulip Street. Though it was normally shallow, they had built a temporary dam to back up the flow of the stream. They boys were taken to the police station and given a reprimand.
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