Arthur James Cotterell - A Part of Summit's History

by Robert A. Hagerman

Arther James Cotterell (Art) has played and important role in the history of Summit for the past seventy-none years. As a family man, a teacher, a Summit High School baseball coach and as past president (twice) of the Summit Historical Society, his dedication, his value system and his integrity continues to be felt in the minds of the students and the people who have known and worked with him throughout the years.

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The Summit Free Public Library - A Town Treasure

"It is worthwhile to make a deliberate effort to keep up the reading of noteworthy books... In following the written thoughts of his own age, each man's individual life is enriched and deepened... Thinking along with a great thinker brings, as it heritage, a surer poser of thinking for oneself."

The above quote was written by Miss Mabel R. Haines (Summit Librarian 1913-1914) for the Summit Herald in one of her columns of book reviews entitled: "The Library Shelf."

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The Story of Joe Medwick and Summit

The time is the summer of 1928 and over at Memorial Field in Summit there is a hight school sophomore who is paling for the semi-professional Summit Red Sox of the Lackawanna Baseball League. This young athlete, who is creating quite a bit of interest playing with players who are older and have a great deal more experience some former professionals, is Joe Medwick of Carteret High School.

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A Summit Role in the American Revolution

While there wasn't an area know as Summit during the American Revolution (Summit was not officially established until 1869) there is an area in present-day Summit which played a very important role in the conclusion of the War For Independence. The action at the area of the present-day Municipal Golf Course was the site of a hoax perpetrated by General George Washington which kept the British commander, General Sir Henry Clinton, headquartered in New Yourk City, fearful of possible moves by Washington.

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