Rural Mail Delivery, Post Office in a Farm

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

My mother remembers that as a child in Portland Maine, the mail was delivered twice a day. Today, the post office plans to end Saturday delivery of letters. Hard copy mail connects people in a way that nothing else can. In some rural areas post offices are located inside homes and farms. This news clip from Jan. 1990 is about a postmistress in my family. A post office is a center especially in small towns and rural areas.

Postmistress of Densmore Mills
Rural Post Office in Canada

Here’s what the clip says:
Lillian Hines gives a joking response when asked what she plans to do when she stops working next month. “I’m just going to go and sit in everybody’s house, ” she says laughing. It would seem only fair for the soon-to-retire postmistress. People have been coming to her house in this small Hants County community every day for 35 years to pick up their mail.
Between customers, Mrs. Hines recalls those years, sitting over a cup of coffee in her bright kitchen next to the small room which holds the mail slots, postage meters and other postage paraphernalia. Her memories of job center around the people met over the years. She remembers fondly when the community had its own school and youngsters would pick up the mail on their way home at noon. And when the general store was still open across the road, the routine for many men was to drop by for the mail and then head to the store for a chat. The post office was frequently used to drop off messages or food for church suppers. She was also on the front lines for the latest news and gossip. “When the phones first came in the people used to say, “Call Lil–she’ll know,” when they wanted a rumour confirmed. Of course as a postal employee she was sworn to secrecy and never divulged information gained about people’s lives through their mail. Mrs. Hines says Christmas’s were special in the past when more cards were sent and excited children would come in to pick up parcels. The job of running the Densmore Mills post office has been in Mrs. Hines family for several decades. Her in-laws had the task before her. As a young war-bride, brought to Canada from Scotland in 1946, by her now deceased husband Roscoe, the job as postmistress helped her meet people when she was new to the country. The community was able to express its loyalty to the post office and Mrs. Hines when several years ago Canada Post proposed closing the post office to introduce rural delivery. The customers vetoed the idea and the office remained in business, something Mrs. Hines is grateful for…..”

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