At the end of Evergreen Road in Summit, NJ, was an impressive sign stating:  
                              The Summit Home For Children       
                                The Chesebrough Foundation

I don't believe it was ever called "The Summit Orphan Asylum" after it was built.  Most of the children living there had at least one parent, as I did when I lived at The Summit Home from January 1943 to January 1947.


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Georgianna Holmes was ahead of her time

Georgianna Klingle Holmes was a woman of many interests and ahead of her time.  A philanthropist and artist, she founded the Arthur Home for Destitute Boys (later The Blind Babies Home) on Pine Grove Avenue in memory of her son, Arthur, who died at age eight after being bitten by a rabid dog.  Georgianna was also a prolific writer and poet, writing under the name of George Klinge.

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Moller family planted deep roots in Summit

Accounts of Summit's early days rarely fail to mention Nicholas D.C. Moller, who is described as a wealthy New York merchant who moved to town in the 1850s, bought up extensive acreage in West Summit and cut Kent Place Boulevard through his properties. Few other details are provided. Curious to know more about Moller (the house I live in was built by his son Fredrick on land inherited from his father), I delved into the Summit Historical Societies archives, conducted extensive research on-line and sought the guidance of an historian at Mystic Seaport. Through these efforts I was able to to uncover more about Moller and his Family.

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84 years of Summit history - on wheels...

Tucked away in a cramped space in the Summit Fire House on Broad Street is an aging icon of the city's past. Chemical Engine No.1 ,as it is known, became part of the city's lore and tradition when it was purchased in 1927 from the Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company of Columbus Ohio. The new fire truck was officially designated as a 750 gallon combination pumping engine and hose car with water tank. The price was $11,500, according to an official of the Summit Fire Department comparable engines of today are in the $500,00 to $700,00 range.

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The Lasting legacy of the Brothers Risk

When it was announced that new office building called thee Claremont Corporate Center would be built on the site of the Risk mansion on the corner of Morris and Springfield avenues a reference was made to the fact that the stone structure would be preserved, noting that it "it was the residence of a prominent physician of the day who was a pillar of early Summit  civic life." Even a cursory look into the history of the  Risk name reveals this is quite an understatement.

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