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The Overcoat Thief

ceylonThe Summit Record of March 29, 1902 reported that the state legislature had passed a bill approving the construction of a tunnel by the the Pennsylvania Railroad, beneath the North River, to connect New Jersey and New York. Ground was broken for the construction of a joint trunk sewer line to service Summit and six other towns. The Editor approved of this action, feeling that the disposal grounds along the banks of the Passaic contributed to the pollution of the river.

Two Summit homes were visited by a burglar on the same night. In both cases, the thief entered through a parlor window which was unlocked. At the home of Mr. Martin, only an overcoat was taken; silverware in an adjacent room was left untouched. The thief may have been scared off by the sounds of motion on a floor above, as Mr. Martin's sister was awake, tending to an ill relative. At the house of Mr. Badeau, the only item stolen was a boy's overcoat, although a trail of burnt-out matches on the floor showed that the thief had explored the hallway and other rooms.

In the classifieds: For sale, three acres of ground in West Summit, with 6-room house, barn, and chicken house. Help wanted, boy to act as apprentice in printing office; a courteous, capable man to look after horses and make himself generally useful.

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The Women's Land Army Wants You

libertybondsThe Summit Herald of March 22, 1918 reported the death, after a long illness, of John H. Capstick, U.S. Congressman representing New Jersey's Fifth District (Morris and Union Counties). Mr. Capstick was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey at the age of 27. He served for three years in Congress.

A chapter of the Women's Land Army of America would be established in Summit, to help local farmers during the season. The "farmerettes" would be housed at the former Larned homestead on Blackburn Road, and would receive room and board, plus wages of $15/month.

The Baltusrol Golf Club announced that it had purchased an additional 305 acres for $70,000 to add another 18-hole golf course. Construction would be delayed until conditions in the labor market changed.

Union Hose Co. No. 1 decided not to hold its annual Easter Monday ball due to war conditions. The Kent Place Senior play would be Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". As always, the proceeds would go to charity; this year, to the hospital in Neuilly, France.

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The Talkies are Coming!

spring hatsIt’s Throwback Thursday!The Summit Herald of March 15, 1929 reported that the Hotel Suburban would have its grand opening the following day, with the public invited to admire the building a grounds, and to enjoy tea and music by the Stanley Orchestra. The newly-constructed apartment hotel [now the Grand Summit] had six acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, including a nine-hole golf course. Rates (on the American plan, including meals) began at $35/week.

The annual Overlook Hospital ball was scheduled to be held at the Suburban in April. The proceeds of the ball (a dinner dance with cabaret) would go towards the purchase of a new ambulance.

Engineers and electricians were beginning work at the Roth-Strand Theatre to rewire the building for the equipment needed to show "talkies".

The Summit Raw Milk Dealers Association, a group of five local dairy farms, urged consumers to buy "health building and health preserving" raw milk from tuberculin-tested cows.

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