Tip Your Mail Carrier

It’s that time of year again.  As a service to our readers, we offer ideas for holiday thank-you gifts for your postal carrier.

From the January 14, 1902 Skidmore Standard:

Ham Defenbaugh, carrier on Route 3 says four farmers on his route have given him enough corn to keep his horses chewing a week or two, and another one treated him to a half bushel of fine apples.  G. Mark Brown, while making his round Saturday, didn’t find any corn or apples, but he found something else – something with feathers.  It was a screech owl.  Mr. Brown found the bird in Gus Appleman’s box, but he does not consider that Mr. Appleman placed it there as a present to the carrier.  The box was open and the owl, discovering it, no doubt thought it was a new kind of a hollow tree.

From the January 2, 1913 Skidmore New Era:

The patrons of Rural Route No. 3 played Santa Claus to their Mail Carrier, Jerome Cross, last week.

The following is what he found in his stocking:  Thirteen pounds of meat (not counting his foot), 13 quarts of canned fruit, 11 chickens, 1 1/2 pecks of apples, 3 1/2 bushels corn (besides what was on his toes) , 10 bushels of oats, 3 pounds butter, 3 pounds lard, 2 glasses jell, 1 peck walnuts, 2 bushels potatoes, 1 head cabbage and 1/2 bushel of turnips.


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