The Summit Herald of September 27, 1940 reported that Mayor Guido F. Forster returned from a two-week cruise to Jacksonville, Florida. It was not a vacation, as the Mayor was wearing his other hat, that of a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve on a training cruise. In addition to navigation and target practice, the crew performed a spotlight demonstration at Atlantic City, as part of the finale of the beauty pageant. Shore leave was granted at Jacksonville, where Forster and other officers were entertained by the Chamber of Commerce at the Ponte Vedra Inn, and also at a beach party.
An article on Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie summarized his opening campaign speech, given in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mr. Willkie asserted the President Roosevelt, after seven years in office, had lost faith in the American people, and was in danger of destroying democracy if he was permitted to serve a third term.
The local headquarters of the National Defense Organization had a dramatic new touch added to the display in its front window. A 30-inch model of the U.S.S. Prescott, a retired destroyer of the same class as 50 others which had been traded to Britain, was already attracting a lot of attention. It was augmented by a painted backdrop of the English Channel at night, showing the destroyer under attack by a flight of enemy bombers, and defended by fighter planes. The painting was done by Gerald V. Davis, an American artist who had recently moved to Summit. He and his wife and children had been living in Paris until the Germans invaded France in May.
The "Home on the Range" cooking column offered a selection of light desserts, including Apple Snow, Plain Custard, Lemon Whip, and Lemon Sponge. Elsewhere in the paper, favorite recipes of Hollywood stars: Billie Burke's Special Rice Pudding and June Preisser's Maple Pralines.
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