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"Too slow" for Whistling Joe

libertyloanThe Summit Herald of April 12, 1918 reported that the city held a celebration on April 6 to commemorate the first anniversary of the U.S. entering the war. The Summit Municipal Band played a concert on Union Place, followed by a parade with Company A of the NJ State Militia, and Company B of the Militia Reserve. In the evening, a patriotic meeting was held in the gymnasium of the YMCA. The Women's Bureau of the Red Cross announced that knitted socks for the troops were still needed, as the average lifespan of a pair of socks in the trenches was about three days.

In a letter to the Editor, Joseph Walker Magrauth expressed his hope that the Board of Education would exclude the study of the German language from Summit schools. The "treachery, cruelty, and barbarity" of the German nation should lead to "a world-wide refusal to study, to read, or to speak the language of the Hun".

The Lyric Theater began a 10-week  series of two-reel moving-picture dramas called "The Son of Liberty", featuring the life of Abraham Lincoln, from childhood to presidency.

"Whistling Joe" Rogers, a frequent visitor to municipal court, was sentenced to 30-days for drunkenness. Judge Sampson had remanded him to the Self Master Colony in Union [nb: a rehabilitation center], but after one day, Whistling Joe found it "too slow" for his liking. He requested to serve the rest of his sentence in the Union County jail.

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

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Mysterious Explosion Destroys House

franklinThe Summit Herald of April 5, 1929 reported that a vacant house was destroyed by a mysterious explosion, followed by a fire. The explosion blew the front door off its hinges and across the street, and detached the entire eastern wall from the foundation. The fire department put out the blaze, but could not find the cause of the blast. Common Council approved an appropriation of $23,500 to complete the work on Soldiers Memorial Field. The Roth-Strand Theater announced its first all-talking all-singing movie, "In Old Arizona". In his column, "Major Freelance" praised the new federal law that would require merchants to position scales so that consumers could clearly see the dials.

A group of high school seniors from Clinton went down to Trenton to see the Legislature at work. After the visit, they had three recommendations for their representatives:

  1. Smoke fewer big, black cigars.
  2. Take their feet off their desks
  3. Use politer language to one another.

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

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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.

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