The sixtieth birthday of Louis Wiley, Business Manager of the New York “Times” was celebrated here by a distinguished gathering which attended the dinner in his honor at the Oak Hill Country Club, given by the Rochester Press Club.
Mr. Wiley left Rochester thirty-four years ago an dhis temporary return Friday night was the occasion for one of the most outstanding greetings which this community has ever accorded a private citizen. Three hundred guests, representing leaders in the civic, educational, business and journalistic circles, attended. Greetings were received from President Hoover, former President Coolidge, Chief Justice Taft, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mayor James J. Walker, former Governor Alfred E. Smith, Owen D. Young, Mayor Wilson of Rochester, and Governor Sampson of Kentucky.
Mr. Wiley was presented with a bound volume containing the personal felicitations of 200 friends and a plaque bearing his portrait in bas-relief. The first presentation was made by Frank E. Gannett and the latter, a gift from the Broadway Association of New York City of which Mr. Wiley is Vice-President, by John A. Harris, its President.
Tribute to Mr. Wiley’s distinguished services to the New York “Times” was paid by Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York “Times,” who was one of the principal speakers at the dinner. Others who delivered addresses were Frank E. Gannett, Rev. Frances P. Duffy, Samuel W. Reyburn, William F. Butler, President of the Rochester Press Club: John M. Davis, Dr. John A. Harris of New York, and Mr. Wiley himself. John J. McInerney was toastmaster.
Mr. Wiley’s 80 year old mother, Mrs. Regina Wiley, his sisters, Mrs. Abraham Benedict, Misses Carrie, Belle, Fannie and Claire Wiley, and his brother-in-law, Abraham Benedict, attended the dinner.
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