75 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901


(908) 273 0350


Summit Nurses at the Front

perfectionThe Summit Herald of October 18, 1918 reported news from Miss Ingeborg Praetorius and Miss Elizabeth Pollock, nurses from Overlook. They had been serving at Base Hospital No. 5 in France [AKA the Harvard Unit], but were chosen to join a new unit, Mobile Hospital No. 6, American Expeditionary Forces. The Mobile Hospital was located close to the front lines, and was staffed by four surgeons, twenty nurses, and thirty men. Miss Praetorius wrote in a letter home, "Isn't it wonderful to be able to help our own Boys, almost directly they are wounded and bleeding for our Country--I am thrilled with joy from being called to go."

Ten people had died in the past week from Spanish Influenza and pneumonia. They ranged in age from 15 to 63.

The Summit Public Library relayed a request from the American Library Association: books to send to the troops overseas. The books most in demand were new novels and good Western stories, as well as titles by Zane Grey, O. Henry, Jack London, and others.

In the Classifieds: Female help wanted. Young ladies between 16 and 23 to learn telephone operating for a central office in Summit. Boy wanted, bright and at least 16, to learn the printing trade.

Due to war and sickness, women temporarily took up men's duties. Mrs. Peter J. Dunn worked an eight-hour shift as a gateman at the High Street railroad crossing where her husband had been working for several years. Miss Mary Church took on a shift as gateman at the West Summit railroad crossing where her father had been a flagman.

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