The Summit Herald of December 31, 1926 reported that the pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church received a generous Christmas gift from anonymous members of his congregation: a shiny new Buick sedan. The Commonwealth Water Company installed 7 new fire hydrants in Summit. A frugal bird-lover placed a Wanted To Buy classified ad: “Canary cage. Not too small. Must be cheap.” Highlights of 1926 included Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel, the death of Rudolph Valentino, and Germany joining the League of Nations.
The Summit Herald of December 24, 1935 reported on a variety of Christmas celebrations, including a carol sing at the municipal Christmas tree. The Independent Social Club defeated the Knights of Columbus to take first place in the city pinochle league. Board of Health official Dr. Denger published an article on home nursing for communicable diseases such as diphtheria and scarlet fever. Two major golfing events were announced for 1936: the National Open at Baltusrol, and the Women’s National at Canoe Brook.
The classified ads listed a 1919 Chevrolet touring car for $300 and a Blue Persian kitten for $20. Mrs. Holt lost a pair of tortoiseshell-rimmed spectacles somewhere between Lincoln School and the YWCA. Mrs. Henry Prince wished to hire two girls to work as cook and waitress for her small family.
Sentencing was delayed in the case of two men accused of operating speakeasies in Summit.
The Blue Lantern Tea Shoppe advertised Christmas Dinner for $12 per plate. The feast included fruit cocktail, “essence of chicken”, roast turkey with dressing and cranberry jelly, corn fritters, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with Sauce Hollandaise, and asparagus tips with mayonnaise. For dessert: a choice of mince pie, Christmas fruit pudding, pumpkin pie, or ice cream, followed by cheese and crackers, mints, and demi-tasse.
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