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The Greatest Celebration

little americansThe Summit Herald of July 5, 1918 reported that Summit had the greatest Independence Day celebration in the city's history. The parade, lead by a police escort, included: the Sons of the American Revolution, a band, Italian societies (in white felt hats), the Boy Scouts, representatives of the local schools (carrying flags), the Millburn band, the Red Cross, the Summit Municipal Band, the Stirling and Summit chapters of the State Militia Reserves, and the Fire Department (with all their trucks polished and gleaming).  There were also some humorous touches, such as the boy dressed as the Kaiser who who was marched along by an American infantryman poking a rifle into his back. The honored guests reviewing the parade were the Mayor, members of Common Council, and veterans of the War of the Rebellion. The afternoon was devoted to athletic activities: competitions in long jump, shot put, and tug of war, followed by a baseball game of single men vs. married men, and drills performed by the Militia Reserve. In the evening, the Municipal Band gave a concert to several thousand listeners from the bandstand on Springfield Avenue.

At the Common Council meeting, a letter was received from M.W. Van Cise, asking permission to shoot rabbits on his property who had been destroying produce in his market garden. The question was referred to the police department, since it involved game laws.

The Food Conservation Committee published a recipe for rye muffins, made mostly of rye flour with a little wheat flour.

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