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Bay Area family reunited with stolen 1938 heirloom telegram

DALY CITY — A California detective has reunited a family with a stolen 1938 heirloom telegram.

The Western Union telegram is described as the opening page of the love story of now-deceased Minnie and Fred Ciolino, who sent the message 74 years ago after their Reno wedding on Christmas Eve.

The telegram sent to San Francisco Bay Area relatives read: "ARRIVED SAFELY, NO SNOW BUT REAL COLD NICE TRIP BE BACK MONDAY MERRY XMAS TO ALL (equals) MINNIE & FRED."

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/S8TXss ) says a cousin found the telegram in November and mailed it to one of six Ciolino daughters.

But it never arrived.


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