Lost Telegram Reunited with Family

A few days ago I blogged about a telegram that Daly City police Sr. Detective Joe Bocci was attempting to reunite with the family that rightfully owned it. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the January 3, 2013 edition of the Post Tribune.

Jan. 03–SAN CARLOS — By the time Thanksgiving hit, members of a San Carlos family were wondering what happened to a letter carrying a precious piece of their history.

The letter, which contained a 1938 telegram that was the “opening page” of a family love story, was mailed in early November but never arrived. They feared it was lost until Wednesday, when they learned they’ll get back the memento after its strange voyage through the postal and criminal justice systems.

The telegram was first transmitted the day after their parents’, Fred and Minnie Ciolino, Christmas Eve marriage in Reno, Nev. But a subsequent trip, this time through the mail, may have been derailed by a postal worker who’s accused of stealing about 10,000 letters since at least 2008 to finance his drug habit.

Postal worker Romeo Natan, 38, of San Bruno and two colleagues face felony charges in connection with the thefts. Natan allegedly stole letters carrying credit and gift cards or anything else he could turn into cash to buy methamphetamine.

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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