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Santa Visits the Blind Babies Home

anyhatThe Summit Herald of December 27, 1927 reported that buses would soon replace trolleys on the Newark to Morristown line that ran through Summit.

In a front-page letter, Rev. Florence Randolph of Summit's Wallace Chapel, discussed the progress of the American Negro. She mentioned the growing number of Negro college graduates, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, lawyers, and ministers nationwide, as well as other accomplishments and institutions: patents, books, magazines and newspapers, banks and insurance companies. She also praised some of the young people of Summit who were striving to make their mark in the world: Miss Burney, studying in Germany; Louise Williams, pursuing a career in music; and Solomon Marrow, Jr., at Wilberforce University.

The children of the Arthur Home for Blind Babies had a surprise visit from Santa Claus, thanks to Jimmy Shearer of WGCP Radio in Newark. Mr. Shearer announced on air that he intended to hold Christmas parties at six local institutions, and appealed to his listeners to provide gifts for the children. A caravan of a dozen autos and trucks brought the radio delegation--including a band--and their gifts to the Home. A joyous celebration followed.

There were six fires in Summit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Surprisingly, none involved a Christmas tree. Two were brush fires, three were chimney fires, and the last was an automobile fire. There was minimal damage, except in the case of the automobile.

The Editor discussed a recent accident in which an automobile driver side-swiped a boy riding a bicycle at night on a dimly-lit stretch of Springfield Avenue. The bicycle had no lights on it, and the driver only noticed it when it came within the range of his headlights. If he had not swerved quickly, the boy might have been killed instead of escaping with scrapes and bruises. The Editor suggested that all vehicles travelling the public roads at night--including children's bicycles--should be legally required to have lights.

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