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Union County "Highwaymen" Sentenced

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The Summit Record of March 3, 1921 reported that Mrs. Mary Davis died at Overlook Hospital, aged approximately 108. She was born a slave in Maryland, and had been living in the north for at least 50 years. Chief of Police John P. Murphy had the highest score in a shooting competition held at the police range, and won a $20 gold piece donated by Dr. Frederick A. Steele. Three “highwaymen” who had held up automobiles and trolleys in Union County were sentenced to 50-75 years in prison. James McDonald spoke at All Soul’s Church on the economic condition of post-war Europe, and Germany’s inability to pay the $50 billion in reparations mandated by the Allies. The Beechwood Hotel advertised Wednesday night bridge games, the $1 per person admission going to the Co-operative Charities of Summit.

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Baseball Team for Summit

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The Summit Herald of February 25, 1905 reported that the Summit Athletic Association planned to start a baseball team which would be part of the newly-formed Lackawanna League, along with Morristown-Chatham, Dover, Orange, Phillipsburg, and Stroudsburg. A new side-entrance Cadillac was advertised for $950. Work began on a tunnel under the Hudson River to connect Jersey City with New York. The Central Railroad of New Jersey advertised its luxurious Blue Star Line trains between New York and Washington for any locals planning to travel to President Roosevelt's inauguration.

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

Mother Jones to Speak in Summit

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The Summit Record of February 18, 1916 reported that Council discussed the problem of delinquent taxpayers. Most of the offenders had neglected to pay the $1 poll tax owed by every adult male resident. The Summit High School basketball team defeated Dover 25-22, but the debate team lost to Chatham 1-2. Labor agitator Mother Jones, “the most hated and most loved” woman in America, was scheduled to lecture at All Soul’s Church in Summit. The Summit Library announced a new exhibit to open on Washington’s Birthday, commemorating 100 years of peace between the U.S. and Great Britain. Locals wanting to escape the northern winter could book a round-trip passage on a steamer ship to Jacksonville, Florida for $43.30, or take a 16-day cruise to tropical Porto Rico for $94.50.

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