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Protect the American Eagle

28thanniversaryThe Summit Herald of February 7, 1930 reported that the Public Library had added about three dozen books in the month of January, including popular novels by Kenneth Roberts, Max Brand, and J.B. Priestley, and non-fiction books on economic foreign policy, best plays of 1929, and trapping and taxidermy.

The Common Council received a complaint from a resident that they were purchasing materials from vendors outside Summit, such as feed for the city's horses, without even getting price quotes from Summit merchants.

A report from Trenton indicated that the state population of horses was decreasing, as they were being replaced by tractors on many farms.

The Editor commented on the alarming decline of the American Eagle. Despite it being a symbol of the United States, the federal government classified it as "vermin" and paid bounties for shooting it. He urged all patriotic Americans to contact Congress, and support a bill protecting the eagle.

 

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:

http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Carpenters Demand $3 a Day

joseph yorkThe Summit Record of January 31, 1903 reported that the YMCA celebrated its 16th anniversary in Summit. Membership was at a new high: 170 men and 60 boys.

The Lackawanna Railroad offered special excursion tickets to New Orleans for Mardi Gras at the price of $34.15. Tickets were also available to Mobile and Pensacola for $32.15.

Carpenters in Summit belonging to the local union demanded an increase of 25¢ per day, starting April 1, which would bring their wages up to $3 per day.

Mayor Baldwin signed an ordinance authorizing the construction of a sidewalk on both sides of Springfield Avenue as far as Hobart Avenue. Construction was expected to be completed by spring or early summer.

Edward Scudder, a senior at Princeton, suffered an injury while firing a shotgun out his window. It was a university custom during the exam period for students to take a short "recess" around 10 PM by making noise with bells, horns, and firearms. Mr. Scudder lost the middle and index fingers of his left hand.

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

The Parking Problem

permanentsThe Summit Herald of January 17, 1930 reported that the Business Men's Association held its annual meeting, at which they discussed the problem of parking in Summit, and the Mayor's proposal to build a private ramp-style parking garage.

At the annual meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, Librarian Emilie Hill announced that the library's collection of books had grown to 30,038, and that there were 8246 library card holders.

Chief of Police John F. Murphy, responding to requests from his officers, said that he would speak to the Mayor and Common Council about arranging straight 8-hour shifts for the police. Many policemen were working odd schedules, such as 7-10 AM, followed by a break, then 1-7 PM.

The Hamilton School PTA sponsored a concert of Russian and Gypsy folk music by the Balalaika Orchestra of New York.

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