DALY CITY [CA]– On Christmas day 1938 a couple named Minnie and Fred sent a telegram to Emma Gonzales in San Francisco telling her they’d arrived in Reno and wished her a happy holiday.
Nearly 75 years later a Daly City police detective fished the creased and yellowed message from the backseat of the car of a postman accused of pilfering credit and gift cards from letters bound mostly for San Carlos homes. Sr. Detective Joe Bocci wants to get the message back to its rightful owner.
“I think someone was passing down some family history,” he said. “It means something to somebody.”
Police believe someone dropped the telegram into the mail in the run up to the holidays. It ended up among the thousands of letters allegedly stolen by postal employee Romeo Natan, 38, of San Bruno.
…the folded message, which read: “ARRIVED SAFELY, NO SNOW BUT REAL COLD NICE TRIP BE BACK MONDAY MERRY XMAS TO ALL = MINNIE & FRED.”
It was sent to “Emma Gonzales 4434 3 St” at the Western Union office that once sat at 2397 Mission St. in San Francisco. The address was recently a liquor store which is no longer a Western Union agent….
Read the full article in the January 3, 2012 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.