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"Too slow" for Whistling Joe

libertyloanThe Summit Herald of April 12, 1918 reported that the city held a celebration on April 6 to commemorate the first anniversary of the U.S. entering the war. The Summit Municipal Band played a concert on Union Place, followed by a parade with Company A of the NJ State Militia, and Company B of the Militia Reserve. In the evening, a patriotic meeting was held in the gymnasium of the YMCA. The Women's Bureau of the Red Cross announced that knitted socks for the troops were still needed, as the average lifespan of a pair of socks in the trenches was about three days.

In a letter to the Editor, Joseph Walker Magrauth expressed his hope that the Board of Education would exclude the study of the German language from Summit schools. The "treachery, cruelty, and barbarity" of the German nation should lead to "a world-wide refusal to study, to read, or to speak the language of the Hun".

The Lyric Theater began a 10-week  series of two-reel moving-picture dramas called "The Son of Liberty", featuring the life of Abraham Lincoln, from childhood to presidency.

"Whistling Joe" Rogers, a frequent visitor to municipal court, was sentenced to 30-days for drunkenness. Judge Sampson had remanded him to the Self Master Colony in Union [nb: a rehabilitation center], but after one day, Whistling Joe found it "too slow" for his liking. He requested to serve the rest of his sentence in the Union County jail.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:

http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php