BRIAN FULTON’S DAY IN HISTORY: 75 YEARS AGO
800 turn out to honor Christopher Columbus
The Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County hosted its 34th annual Columbus Day dinner at the Hotel Jermyn in Scranton. About 800 people were in attendance for the dinner that marked the day Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas and the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Columbus monument in Scranton.
Principal speakers for the dinner were Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Herman Cardoni and toastmaster Carmen Tomaine.
The Most Rev. William J. Hafey, bishop of Scranton, and state Supreme Court Justice George Maxey both offered remarks.
“This day belongs not only to Italians who proudly proclaim because he was of Italian descent; neither does it belong to the Spanish queen who made the voyage possible; nor does it belong to the millions of immigrants who migrated to our shores because of social, political and religious persecution,” Cardoni said. “This day belongs to all Americans who have aided in establishing a land where free men might pursue their destinies in liberty.”
100th birthday for an ex-telegraph operator
Sereno Bradley Bulkley of Cherry Street, Dunmore, was to mark his 100th birthday Oct. 14. A small party was planned, with a cake large enough for 100 candles. The party would also include a walk, some woodworking and listening to the radio.
Bulkley was born in Connecticut but moved to this area in 1864. He found work as a telegraph operator at the Pennsylvania Coal Co. He took the message from the wire telling of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-348-9140.
The Scranton Times, Oct. 13, 1942