7/16/64-7/30/64

[Posted 3/27]

The town purchased a five-acre site at the Erie Lackawanna freight yards, Broad and Summit Ave., for more parking…total cost $177,000, with bond funding on $168,000 of it.

The summer band concerts on the Village Green were in full swing. They started in 1947, incidentally.

But you wouldn’t believe the amount of press for the playgrounds in those days. Front page every week. In fact, in the 7/16 edition, Frank Woodbury was the big winner in arts and crafts.

The Bassett Building was adding a floor back then. And mosquitoes were a huge issue. The Herald used to note the number found in Summit’s trap (part of a County-wide system). Remember when the DDT sprayer came around? [Not to be confused with the Good Humor man, that’s for sure.]

At The Strand on 7/16…”How the West Was Won”.

In the 7/23 Herald, one of the big debates was over student insurance rates. It seems in Chatham, a youth injured himself in a gym accident, the parents sued the Board of Education for inadequate supervision, and a court awarded the family $1.2 million…obviously an enormous sum for those times. While it was still subject to appeal, all the school districts in the state immediately checked their policies.

There were 1,060 students in Summit High School in those days.

And the city’s oldest native celebrated a birthday. Mrs. Margaret Kelly of Park Ave. turned 93. [I’m assuming this was Peter’s great-grandmother(?) because her husband was the first policeman in Summit.] But get this. Picture Margaret was born in 1871 and her father saw action at Bull Run, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Now how cool is that? Congresswoman Flo Dwyer attended Mrs. Kelly’s birthday party. As a young kid I met Flo. Great woman.

Back in ’64, the Board of Health released all manner of statistics. Summit had 106 deaths related to heart disease in 1963 and 56 to cancer. There were 37 cancer deaths in 1961, by comparison.

In the 7/30/64 Herald there was the headline: “City Free of TB Deaths Last Year, First Since 1956″

A lighter headline was in the same edition…”Be Wary of Door-to-Door Salesmen”

There was also the story of a local woman who left a “bulging stock portfolio to her heirs.” I’ll protect her name, in case the family is still around, but it’s funny this was made public. She had $40,000 in blue chips, which was seen as a large sum then.

By end of July 1964, “A Shot in the Dark” was playing at The Strand and George Gross, who must have been all of 8 years old then, captured the Tatlock Field foul shooting title.

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