Rural Delivery Begins

The much-anticipated and much-worked-for day had come.  No doubt it was a proud and happy day for Postmaster T. L. Howden.

From the August 31, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Rural Delivery Begins Tomorrow.

Saturday morning, O. F. Hutchison, carrier on the west route, and Fred Shell, carrier on the east route, will make their first official trip over the post-roads with mail for the farmers along the line.

The impression prevails with some farmers that if they put up a box and receive mail from the carrier, they could not, if they so desired at any time, have mail handed to them at the post office window.  With this understanding, many have signified an unwillingness to put up boxes.  But in as much as this is an entirely false impression, we doubt not that all the families along the routes will soon avail themselves of the advantages offered by the rural mail system.

Farmers who have boxes up, may call for their mail at the post office window and receive it the same as if there were no such thing as free rural mail delivery.

It looks like things got off to a successful start, judging from this follow-up report in the September 7 edition:

Rural Mail Delivery Started Saturday.
The passenger train was more than an hour late last Saturday morning and the rural mail carriers were delayed until ten o’clock in getting started on their initial trips.  Notwithstanding this fact they made the round and arrived in Skidmore in good time to catch the evening mail.  The weather has been good so far and their work has not been unpleasant.  The novelty of the thing has not yet worn off and the carriers are watched by numbers of people who remain at the post office until they have departed.

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