Story in the local paper about my great-grandfather, Henry Leahy, the ultimate Irishman- 17 Mar 1936

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Story in the local paper about my great-grandfather, Henry Leahy, the ultimate Irishman- 17 Mar 1936 - Cyclorama By C. E. CHIDESTER Way back in the...
Cyclorama By C. E. CHIDESTER Way back in the days of 1907 and 1908 when the city offices were located on the second floor of the Schworm building and our old friend, Mr. Henry Leahy, was a member of the then city board of control, we. as a reporter, reporter, hung out around the control board's office looking looking for news. There were the late City Engineer Harold Howald, George List and Joe Bast and some others. The responsibilities of the board and engineer were not too onerous—at least they were not heavy enough to prohibit a discussion and settlement of all the great questions of the day. The anniversary today of St. Patrick's day, revived memories of a .meeting in the board's quarters nearly 30 years ago. Mr. Leahy was known to have some reverence for St. Patrick's day. He was awearin' the green. Perhaps Perhaps that is what startd the discussion. It was brought to a sharp climax when Mr. Leahy boldly announced that it was not Columbus—tbe Italian or Spaniard—who discovered America but a native of Ireland who sailed across the seas in a small boat and established a settlement on the coast of Newfoundland, some 900 years before Columbus was born. Well, of course, everybody but Mr. Leahy laughed and said that his admiration for his race, was getting him down. Of course, needing a St. Patrick's day story that day .we were pleased to announce to a waiting world that all our histories, traditions and legends were without without foundation in fact. Despite this expose of the fallacies fallacies of teachings, the announcement commanded little attention. Imagine Imagine our surprise, Sunday evening, when over the radio from Bob Ripley the "Believe It or Not" challenger came the statement that there is available credible evidence evidence that the Irish did sail the seas and discover the North American continent way bnck in the sixth century century or thereabouts and that they did establish a settlement settlement in Newfoundland. , After nearly 30 years, Mr. Leahy's St. Patrick's day story has been partially verified. Some other ihings that Ripley told his audience were interesting; to wit: that St. Patrick was net an Irishman at all but a Frenchman; that the shamrock is not of Irish origin and that the harp came from Asia. We ultimately may «st to tb* truth about St Patrick. the up - U.js long fair due I egg very all the of the you had

Clipped from The Evening Independent17 Mar 1936, TuePage 4

The Evening Independent (Massillon, Ohio)17 Mar 1936, TuePage 4
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  • Story in the local paper about my great-grandfather, Henry Leahy, the ultimate Irishman- 17 Mar 1936

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