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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 bful­ton@timessham­ or 570-348-9140.

The Scran­ton Times, Oct. 13, 1942

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