Tip Your Mail Carrier

As we approach the holiday season, many of us are making our holiday gift lists.  If your postal carrier is on your gift list, you may want to consider ideas from years past, like these included in the following report from the November 25, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Route Number One.

J. H. Hall is building a barn.

Carrier takes subscription for all papers.

Frank Russell is building a new corn crib.

John Christ lost a good steer one night last week.

Mr. Porter’s eye is getting better, but very slowly.

Bert Shaw has moved to town to get his feet wet carrying the mail.

Most of the farmers are improving their time gathering corn this wet weather.

John Cattle has bought 6500 bushels of corn for which he paid 35 cents per bushel.

L. P. Hall is a new patron of the route having put his box up at the Reuben Barrett corner.

Farm hands are very scarce.  Farmers are paying two and one half cents per bushel to corn huskers.

I should like for every school teacher on the route to give me the number of pupils enrolled for next week.

There will be no delivery of mail on Thanksgiving, and the carrier requests his patrons to come and eat a square meal with him.

Mrs. Mills gave us some fine apples and pears Tuesday, Mrs. J. E. Hall a sack of pop corn and Guy Sewell a dozen heads of cabbage Wednesday.

We have received the following lately:  Fred Wrench, sack of oats; Henry Clay five bushels of apples; Fred Jones a sack of corn; and cider from J. E. Hall, Henry Clay, John Cattle; jug throwed in, and other things too numerous to mention.

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