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Swimming the Canal, Bamming the Ivories

dry cleaningThe Summit Herald of August 31, 1928 reported that Summit resident Henry Birdsall Marsh had been chosen as the architect of a half-million-dollar building at Drew University. Summit was the meeting place for members of the NJ State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. A recent session of the Debating Club focused on the candidates for the upcoming presidential election: Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Two young men from Summit returned from a summer cruise of 28,000 miles as cadets on the steamship “American Legion”, journeying to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Items for sale in the classifieds included a 1925 Star touring car ( $75), an Atwater Kent 5-tube radio set, a Thor electric washing machine, and elderberries.

Aviator Arthur Goebel, Jr. flew from Los Angeles to New York in 18 hours 58 minutes. For the first time ever, the locks of the Panama Canal opened for a person, not a ship, as American adventurer Richard Halliburton swam the length of the canal. In Berlin, Edward Kemp set a world record for non-stop piano playing, having “bammed the ivories” for 82 hours.

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