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Turkey, Duck, or Roast Beef?

audienceThe Summit Herald of November 17, 1939 reported that singer Marion Anderson would be giving a recital at the High School auditorium. The Summit Businessmen's Association voted to become a Chamber of Commerce. Four local young men were arrested for stealing 1,000 pounds of copper from the Public Service property on River Road. A New York contractor was chosen to construct the new Bell Laboratories buildings in Murray Hill. The Hotel Beechwood advertised a special Thanksgiving dinner, from soup (clear consommé or cream of corn) to nuts (with assorted fruit). In addition to the traditional turkey, diners had a choice of duckling with orange sauce or roast beef, at a price of $1.25 per person. The family that wanted to eat at home could buy a 10-lb roasted turkey (with stuffing and gravy) from Hill City Deli for $4.50.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Presidential Election Results

mckinleyThe Summit Herald of November 10, 1900 reported that Summit had its largest voter turnout ever, and reelected President William McKinley (and new running mate Theodore Roosevelt) over William Jennings Bryan by a wide margin.  Some local residents had made bets on the election results. Payment did not involve money; the losers had to give the winners rides in a wheelbarrow. A paper by the President of the Library Board of Trustees was read aloud at a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, urging that the library receive funding of $1000 per year from the city, as the current annual funding of $150 (plus fines and donations) was just enough for maintenance, and did not cover the purchase of new books. Magician Alexander Victor (“the man of mystery”) was scheduled to perform in Summit; tickets were priced at 25¢, 35¢, and 50¢.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Activist Speaks at Local Church

summit cycleThe Summit Herald of November 3, 1922 reported that a charitable card party at the Hotel Beechwood raised the “magnificent sum” of $1506.50 for Overlook Hospital. The WCTU urged voters to elect candidates who would continue to support Prohibition. At All Soul’s Church, activist Jane Addams of Hull House spoke about immigration law and conditions in post-war Europe. New books at the Summit Public Library included Zane Grey’s travelogue “Tales of Lonely Trails” and “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis. The cooking column offered recipes from “famous Summit cooks” for corn meal griddle cakes and dark nut bread.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php