You may have notices an interesting item on page A2 in today’s edition of The Times-Tribune.  100 hundred years ago today, Viscount Sutemi Chinda paid a visit to Scranton.  The Viscount was the Japanese Ambassador to the United States. He was in Scranton at the invitation of of Congressman W. D. B. Ainey to attend annual dinner of the New England Society.

So who was Viscount Chinda.  Doing a little research,  it turns out the he attended and graduated from DePauw University in  Greencastle, In.  He would go on to serve in the Japanese foreign service serving as ambassador to Great Britain, Germany and the United States.

Only being in the post of Ambassador to the United Sates few weeks in 1912, Viscount Chinda and his wife, the Viscountess Iwa, were on hand in Washington, D.C. for the planting of the Cherry Trees along the Tidal Basin.  The Viscountess Iwa and First Lady Helen Taft planted the first two trees that have now grown into the National Cherry Blossom Festival in our nation’s capital.  The trees were a gift to Washington D.C. from the Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki.

He wasn’t the only person of note to speak at the dinner held at the Hotel Casey on Dec 22. Also speaking were the Right Rev. Ethelbert Talbot, Episcopal Bishop of Diocese of Bethlehem, and Bainbridge Colby, LL.D., of New York.

Bishop Tablot, served as the bishop of Bethlehem form 1898 to his death in 1928. From 1924 to 1926,  he served as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Colby was a prominent figure in the Progressive Party and was appointed Secretary of State by President Woodrow Wilson in March 1920.  He left the post a year later and returned to his private law practice.

As with most events in Scranton, Times Cartoonist Jim Walsh was their to capture the scene for readers.