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A Community Thanksgiving

glamorousThe Summit Herald of November 26, 1938 reported on the community Thanksgiving service held the previous day in the high school auditorium. The service was conducted by the clergy of many houses of worship in Summit: Calvary Episcopal Church, Oakes Memorial Church, the Swedish Lutheran Church, the Jewish Community Center, the Central Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Mayor read President Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. On the previous Sunday, the Jewish Community of Summit, along with other congregations around the U.S., held a special prayer service for the Jews of Germany [nb: this was two weeks after Kristalnacht].

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Letter from Puerto Rico

corsetsThe Summit Herald of November 19, 1898 published a letter from Summit resident Francis Lawton, stationed in Puerto Rico during the Spanish American War. Lawton described exploring the dark, secret passageways of Morro Castle after its capture from the Spanish. The Summit Bowling Club played against a Newark team on the alleys of the Hotel Beechwood, defeating them 2-1. Cables for the New York and New Jersey Telephone Co. were delivered to be laid underground on Maple Street.

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First Vote at 94

lunchThe Summit Herald of November 5, 1920 reported that 94-year-old Miss Emmaline Bonnel cast her first vote ever in the first presidential election following the passage of the 19th Amendment. The Lyric Theatre showed “Turning the Tables” with silent film star Dorothy Gish. Auto dealer R.M. Collin offered a 2-passenger Studebaker roadster for $1750.

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

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