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Scrap Aluminum Drive

lyricThe Summit Herald of July 28, 1941 reported that Summit’s one-day campaign to collect scrap aluminum for national defense netted 4,000 pounds. Canoe Brook Country Club was the largest single donor, contributing 200 pounds. Individuals all over Summit brought in pots and pans, tennis rackets, washing machine parts, ice trays, aluminum whisky cups, and even a still-warm coffee pot containing coffee grounds. The Union County Mosquito Extermination Commission began a backyard inspection tour. The Board of Health required domestic workers and food handlers to undergo health screenings (including a Wasserman test for venereal disease) before receiving cards to work in Summit. Several Summit residents, including Dr. Gotthilf P. Bronish were charter members of the newly formed Loyal Americans of German Descent. The Summit Knights of Columbus gave a farewell dinner for Grand Knight Jack Bonnell who had been drafted and was scheduled to leave for Fort Dix the following week.

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Massacre in China

circusThe Summit Herald of July 21, 1900 reported that the City Council debated issuing bonds for the amount of $130,000 to expand and improve the sewer system jointly with several neighboring towns. Disturbing reports came out of Peking about the massacre of foreigners by Chinese troops. A lecture at the Summit YMCA on China by educator William Henry Grant was expected to have good attendance. The Book Committee of the Public Library announced the addition of 40 new books. The editors predicted the re-election of President William McKinley. Hot weather kept the soda fountains at local drugstores busy, with ice cream sodas being in high demand.

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

Night-Blooming Cereus

pontiacThe Summit Herald of July 14, 1931 reported that florist L.E. Stahl had a Night-Blooming Cereus in his Springfield Avenue greenhouse, producing large, beautifully-scented flowers that bloomed at midnight and died the next day. The Fresh Air camps on Mountain Avenue sponsored by a Newark charity reopened for the tenth year running. Camp Eastwood for boys and Camp Sunshine for girls provided outdoor activities and 5 meals a day for malnourished children from the Newark public schools. Summit purchased a motorized garbage truck to replace the horse-drawn wagons that had been in use. In the Lackawanna Baseball League, the Summit Red Sox lost to the Millburn Blues, while the Chatham Howitzers defeated the Springfield Stars. Contractor Carman Formichella was bitten by a German Police dog which was recently purchased by his nephew, and required 17 stitches. Fortunately, there was no sign of rabies.

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