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A Vacation from Hay Fever

schultzThe Summit Record of September 13, 1902 reported that Civil War veteran and former Summit Postmaster William B. Coggeshall was riding down Maple Street when his horse was startled by an auto parked in front of the Wulff Building. Although the machine was not in motion, it was making a "churning sound" that frightened the horse, which plunged forward and kicked wildly. Mr. Coggeshall fell head-first onto the road. He suffered a cut to the head and a concussion of the brain. He was carried to Dr. Taylor's Pharmacy, where Dr. Grey treated his injuries.

The Board of Education met to discuss the overcrowding in Summit's two public schools. Enrollment decreased slightly (553 to 542 ) from the previous year, but the editor noted that this was probably due to many families still being away on vacation.

The social notes reported on many locals returning from--or leaving for--vacation. Summit residents returned from Boston, Nantasket, Block Island, and resorts on the Maine Coast. The Hermann family was planning to spend several weeks in the Delaware Water Gap and the Poconos, Rev. Warren Giles was off for a month of hunting and fishing in Canada, the Beck family was headed for Mountain Rest at Lake Mohonk, and Mr. and Mrs. Dohrman departed for a month in Middledam, Maine, to seek relief for Mr. Dohrman's sufferings from hay fever.

The "Cookbook" column provided tips on cooking eggplant (broiled), serving tomato soup (with slices of orange to add flavor), and gave a recipe for coconut pyramids (mix together 2 stiffly beaten egg whites, 2 cups of grated coconut, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons flour; shape into pyramids and bake until brown).

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Climbing to a Higher Summit

plaidThe Summit Record of September 6, 1890 reported that a former Summit girl had visited a very different summit. Miss Fay Fuller became the first woman to climb to the top of Mount Tacoma [Mt. Rainier]. She accomplished the ascent in two days, carrying her own baggage, and spent the second night in the crater at the summit.

A dangerous collision took place on Springfield Avenue when an open carriage containing three ladies was struck and overturned by a carriage belonging to Mr. Charles Edey, a guest at the Park House hotel. Mr. Edey's carriage was kept at a local livery stable, and it was being delivered to him when the accident occurred. One of the ladies struck her head, and was carried to Mrs. Rapelyea's dry goods store, where Dr. Lawrence was summoned to attend her. She was unconscious for two hours, but by evening was well enough to recover at home.

A dark red cow went missing from the property of Patrick Egan on Baltus Roll Road, and was located several days later in the stable of William Freeman of Park Avenue. Freeman said he found the cow wandering in the street and brought it home.

A report from New York on the fall fashions indicated that plaid gowns were popular in silk, velvet, woollen, and popline fabrics, with a simpler cut than in past few years.

The Summit baseball team suffered its first major loss over Labor Day weekend, losing 2 games out of 3 to the Newark Ironsiders.

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Look! Up in the Sky!

nee dellThe Summit Herald of August 30, 1929 reported that Chatham resident James Shea caused a stir in a speech before the Summit Kiwanis Club. He claimed that the Summit police discriminated against out-of-towners when enforcing traffic laws, but were more lenient with Summit drivers. Chief of Police John Murphy denied the allegation, and cited statistics from the past month showing that 19 Summit drivers had been charged for speeding or reckless driving in the past month, as compared to 5 from Chatham, 2 from Madison, and 1 from Morristown.

Early morning risers in Summit were startled by what seemed to be an especially loud truck, but the noise came not from the road but the sky. The airship Graf Zeppelin, all five engines roaring, flew swiftly over the north part of the city at low altitude, heading towards Manhattan.

The newly-opened Kay Food Shop advertised meat specials: rib roast 38¢/lb., boneless pot roast 42¢/lb., and leg of spring lamb 39¢/lb. Also on special: Maxwell House Coffee 45¢/lb., Campbell's soups 3/25¢, and granulated sugar 53¢/10 lb.

Fans of the Lackawanna baseball league looked forward to a weekend of exciting games, including matches between the Summit Red Sox and the Chatham Howitzers, the Millburn Blues, and the Maplewood Mapes.

The local movie theaters offered Lon Chaney as a railroad engineer in "Thunder" and the famous wonder dog Rin Tin Tin in "Frozen River," a drama about gold hunters in the far north.

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