On March 13, 1836, the townspeople of Newark
went to the polls and voted to incorporate into a city so that elected
officials could conduct business and levy taxes. The final result
was 1,870 voting for incorporating Newark as a city and 325 against.
The City of Newark was born one month later.
One hundred years later, in 1936, the Newark Sunday Call newspaper
commemorated the City of Newark's centennial with a special "Newark
A Sunday Call editorial from its December 1, 1935 issue, was reproduced
in the Centennial Supplement
"In the 100 years since then," the editorial stated,
the quaint little village on the banks of the curving Passaic has
become one of our nation's centers of population."
"It is fitting," the editorial of 1935 continued, "that
Newark should tell...something about itself on its completion of
a century as a city.
"The flicker of the motion picture on the screens of the
world was made possible by the invention by Goodwin here of the
"In a laboratory on a Newark street, Edison planned some
of his greatest inventions, and from here such inventors as he,
Boyden, Hyatt, Weston, and others came the ideas that made the United
States outstanding in mechanical science...in the furtherance of
transportation of all kinds, and in the development of our country's
basic heavy industries.
"...Newark has plowed ahead to a performance that touches
all angles of human endeavor, whether it be religion, culture, industry,
commerce, social service, banking and finance, science, recreational
efforts, or education.
"In the centennial, for which the preparatory time is all
too short, we have the chance to proclaim Newark to the nation."
Newark Centennial Supplement
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