History Index - Postal
The Postal System in the
Wisconsin Territory: Early Milwaukee County; Waukesha County and the
by Mike Reilly, Editor, January 17, 2004,
also see Post
Offices, Postmasters, Mail Carriers and Mail Delivery History for Sussex,
Lisbon, Lake Five, Colgate, Templeton and Lannon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Finder lists postmasters of other nearby communities
While still part of the Michigan Territory,
the appointment of a postmaster and the opening of a real post office marked an
important epoch in Milwaukee, soon to be the Wisconsin Territory. At the time of
Solomon Juneau's appointment as first postmaster in December 1834, operating out
of his building on Wisconsin and East Water Streets, mail was received from
Green Bay, or Chicago on a very irregular delivery schedule.
The first mail was brought from Green Bay by
a half-breed names John Baptiste Lavigne, who on foot, carried sixty to seventy
pounds of mail, stopping in Milwaukee on his way to Chicago.
Postage for letters varied between six to
twenty-five cents, depending on their size and distance traveled. There were no
envelopes or postage stamps in use at this early time. The postage was
collected, in cash, at the place where, and of the person to whom, the parcel
was delivered. Needless to say, often it wasn't paid for, consequently not
The mail arrived in Milwaukee once a month at
first from Chicago (and other places). At first letters were kept in small, blue
colored boxes, but as the Milwaukee area population grew, their use soon became
impractical. There weren't any post offices west of Milwaukee until 1837 when
David Jackson was appointed postmaster of Prairieville (later Waukesha). All
mail matter for the large tract of Milwaukee County, west as far as the Rock
River was handled, assorted and distributed at Milwaukee.
Over the next ten years or so, mail was
received in Milwaukee in various manner: by foot, horseback, stage, boat, and
railroad. Private contractors, for pay or not, often carried the mail to make up
for the federal government's lack of regular delivery. Not until 1846, when
Milwaukee was incorporated as a city, did the U. S. government provide mail
delivery on a regular basis.
In Prairieville, postmaster David Jackson,
received his appointment about January 1837. Jackson had come permanently to
Prairieville in early 1836, after locating a claim in 1835. There was no post
office at first; that is not even the usual blue box furnished by the
Government had been provided for Mr. Jackson, and when the packages became so
numerous that he could not carry them in his pocket, or the crown of his hat,
Mrs. Jackson, put them in a brightly scoured tin pan and hoisted the pan safely
to the top shelf. She also kept her husband's pockets in excellent repair,
putting a button on the one in which Mr. Jackson brought the mail from
Milwaukee. Sometimes he went on foot; sometimes on horseback, and sometimes he
sent by the neighbors. The post office in those days was not a political
machine, and was not much of a machine anyway.
By 1843, the area, later called Waukesha
County (created on January 31, 1846), contained the following post offices;
Delafield, Menomonee Falls, Muskego, Mequanigou (now Mukwonago), New Berlin, St.
Marie's, Summit, and Vernon. Oconomowoc, which was the second largest community
in 1880, was not even large enough at this time to have a post office.
For the settlers in the Town of Lisbon, mail
was probably first picked up at the Milwaukee post office, then later retrieved
from Prairieville. Even though Solomon Juneau's early post office, and
subsequent Milwaukee postmasters had mail carriers, of sorts, they may have only
delivered directly to Prairieville for further distribution to smaller area post
On January 1, 1851, Waukesha County contained
the post offices of : Big Bend, Brookfield, Bullion*, Delafield, Denoon*,
Eagleville*, Genesee, Gold Lake, Hartland, Howards*, Lisbon, Mapleton, Marcy,
Menomonee Falls, Merton, Monches, Monterey, Mukwonago, Muskego Center,
Oconomowoc, Okauchee*, Ottawa, Pewaukee, Prospect Hill, South Genesee, Summit,
Sussex, Vernon, Waterville, and Waukesha.
*Discontinued before 1880
By 1880, the county had thirty-seven post
offices, after starting with the one in 1837. Where Postmaster Jackson had
carried or sent the mail to Milwaukee once each week, if there was any to send,
and on his return brought back whatever mail there was directed to the only
office in the county. Now (in 1880) the county (meaning
through the Waukesha post office ?) sends and receives more than one
hundred mail bags per day.
The next two articles indicate that at some
time, the mail for the Sussex post office was brought from the Pewaukee office,
through the Waukesha office. When mail was received directly from Waukesha to
Sussex is unknown but may have begun as late as 1886.
Lisbon news - "Our worthy mail carrier,
T. Lewis, is looking very downcast either over the dry weather, or because the
mail arrives at Sussex Station on the Wisconsin Central". Source: Waukesha
Freeman, Sept. 2, 1886, page 8.
T. Lewis is the same Tommy Lewis talked of in the articles below in the early
1880's. The mail was then being delivered by way of the Wisconsin Central
railway at what was first the East Sussex Depot, later to be named Templeton.
There was a Thomas Lewis
living in 1880 Town of Lisbon according to that year's census, see below:
Note: Clicking on the names
above will take you the The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
website for more information. An older James
LEWIS, age 46, also born in NY worked on the Thomas Weaver farm as a
Sources: History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Volume II, Chicago: The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor,
1881; Chapter XXIX, Federal, County and Municipal Offices, The Milwaukee
Postmaster, p. 1046 - 1051; The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin,
Chicago, Western Historical Company, MDCCCLXXX, pages 640-641, 558;
various excerpts used.
Rural Free Delivery in
Waukesha County, and Memories of Postal Delivery in Sussex and Templeton
A MENTAL SLEIGHRIDE BACK TO '81
by Mrs. Margaret Anderson
an excerpt from the above
The Sussex postoffice in those days was kept in Jim
Templeton's store and mail was brought from Pewaukee every other day by Tommy
Lewis. The great drifts of snow interfered considerably with his task and
finally he had to go back and forth on horseback. However, the last two weeks of
the storm Tommy made the trip on snowshoes, pulling a hand-? which the mail bag
was tied. The burden was generally light, for there had been no trains through
Pewaukee for a week or ten days and mail delivery was more or less a matter of
formality, as there was nothing to carry but local mail.
But, although no mail arrived at Sussex beyond a postal card
or two for nearly two weeks, Jerry Smith made (?) his way to Sussex in the old
"jumper" drawn by his faithful old "Mink" as regularly as
clockwork to get "wee drop" and incidentally (?) if there was any
mail. Not that he expected any outside The Western Rural or The Waukesha Freeman
or Democrat, but as he used to say, "There might be some accidentals,"
and it was on one of those frequent trips that, when he got as far as the
gate which led up the lane to John Edwards' home, about a half a mile west of
Sussex, he could get no further. The men of the village were all out clearing
the roads and had the roads clear that far. Jerry was anxious to "get the
mail", so he hitched Mink to the gatepost and continued on his way on foot,
while the men, eager to play a joke on Jerry, filled the jumper to its utmost
capacity with snow, being careful to put the shovel that was in the sleigh box
at the bottom - for no one traveled without a shovel with him - and as long as
Jerry lived he blamed Don Campbell for the trick played upon him that day.
Note the story below is
probably also by Mrs. Anderson. Source: Waukesha Freeman, March 24, 1921
OLD SCHOOL DAYS
Being Some Interesting Reminiscences by a Student at the
Hall in Sussex
"Waiting at the Postoffice"
Then too, I remember the times we used to wait at the
postoffice which was kept in the general store of James Templeton, and after
whom the village of Templeton is named. the mail was supposed to be there at 4
o'clock, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and also on Saturdays. nearly every one of the
family would wait, and the way the children would crowd into that little store
was a caution. Every once in a while, if the mail was late, some one would run
out and look down the south road to see if Tommy Lewis and his faithful white
faced horse was coming with the little bag of mail from Pewaukee, and the number
of times these exploring expeditions would be made would be many, especially in
the winter when the roads would be blocked up, and when he finally would arrive
with "white face" steaming and puffing, a half dozen boys were ready
to grab the mail bag and carry it into the store while as many more would
blanket the faithful steed for whose arrival we had waited so patiently.
Of course there would not be a great deal of mail, as there
were few daily papers those days. The Milwaukee Weekly Sentinel came on
Thursdays, and on Thursdays several other papers came including the
"Western Rural", or the Western Ruler as one nice old lady called it,
the "Christian Instructor", the "Waukesha Freeman", and the
"Toledo Blade", as well as a few letters occasionally, and as Jerry
Smith used to say, "There might be some accidentals." Postage in those
days was 3 cents per letter.
But there was generally a merry old time at the postoffice
until the mail would come and be distributed.
Freeman, April 9, 1914
"GOOD MAIL SERVICE GOES A' GLIMMERING"
Editor Freeman -
We all have read the complaints of "our good mail
service" under the above caption in the last Freeman. Without a little explanation
these charges of July 22, and August 16 would seem unjust. Now all morning mail
is dispatched by train No. 1, going north at 5:10 a.m. and No. 4, going south at
6:11 a.m. at Rugby Junction. Train No. 8, Fox River Express, due at 8:02 a.m.
now picks this mail for dispatch at Templeton. Previous to this change this mail
was dispatched direct at Templeton, was delivered to postoffice at about 6:30
a.m.. However, rural route carrier never left the postoffice until 7 a.m. or
between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. At the present time he is leaving the office
between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. making a difference of one-half or one hour.
Patrons of the rural route are making complaints in regard to this change.
Hundreds of places in the state of Wisconsin, three times the
size or more than that, have but one or two outgoing and incoming mails daily,
also having three times the number of rural patrons. These people are well
satisfied with what Uncle Sam is doing for them. Templeton has six incoming and
three outgoing mails daily. Why should we country patrons complain of the
service we now have?
All mail coming from rural patrons on route 20 is dispatched
at 2:57 p.m. daily, as before, providing sleep doe not overtake the carrier. If
this should be the case this mail would leave the office at 7:40 a.m. instead of
8:40 a.m. as stated in last weeks' issue. You will always find a few kickers
although they are having the best time there is.
AN INTERESTED CITIZEN
Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, August 28, 1913, page 4, col. 3-4.
"GOOD MAIL SERVICE GOES A' GLIMMERING"
In the issue of Aug. 21 your correspondent sent in a few
facts that were of public interest concerning changes in the mail service at
Templeton, to which the editor gave the above heading. In the article there was
no mud thrown at anybody, there was no insinuation, even, that any person here
was in any manner unfaithful to his duty, nor in any way to blame for the
mentioned changes. But the shoes seem to have attracted on or two of our
villagers who borrow The Freeman and they straightway put them on and the ire of
one rose so that he wrote a very beautifully descriptive letter to The Freeman
of last week, and signed himself "An Interested Citizen". Whether he
is bashful or was ashamed to put his real name to the article, your
correspondent is unable to decide, but the alias is certainly very appropriate,
for interested he is indeed. And while he slaps the rural carrier for
cat-napping he is rejoicing in the fact that he gets one or two more hours each
morning to spend sleeping, under the present schedule.
Again I say interested, indeed. This shining light, loyal,
and patriotic citizen is more interested in himself than in a good mail service,
the convenience of his fellow villagers, or the welfare of those on whom he is
daily dependent for his bread, meat and potatoes. our "Interested
Citizen" is very precise on the number of mails received and dispatched
daily. It was not about the number of mails that your correspondent commented
upon, but about the time of arrival and the losing of the privilege of
dispatching on the early south bound morning train on the Soo line. Formerly we
could send a letter to Waukesha and get an answer by the noon train; many times
medicine from Waukesha drug stores was ordered this way, and a great deal of important
business was done in that same manner. All letters for out-of-the-state were
dispatched on said train and in many cases gained a day's time over the present
system. Patrons of the cheese factory got their morning mail while in town with
their milk. Our business men got their morning mail before time to leave on
either of the local trains on the days they were out of town. Our working men
could get their morning mail before going to work. "The secretary of the
Sussex creamery got mail early enough to ship orders on the 9:22 Northwestern
train. All rural patrons got their mail at or before the noon hour, and were
sure of the dispatching of their out-going mail on the afternoon train.
These and many more conveniences are now things of the past.
Yet our "Interested Citizen" seems to think that they are of little
value and not worth mentioning. Of course he seldom leaves town and neither
patronizes the cheese factory nor the rural mail service. "An Interested
Citizen", indeed. And he seems to think Templeton is so small and
insignificant that any old mail service for her is good enough; that the people
on a rural route, where it is the only one from the postoffice, are not of as
much account as if there were three or more or more rural
routes starting from the office. This sounds very much like a railroad man's
idea, for before our progressive days big shippers were rebated and small
shippers were robbed. Some knocker for his own town and community.
Your correspondent claims that Templeton is large enough
clean enough and up-to-date enough to be entitled to the best there is to be had
and that its patrons of the rural route, together with the village citizens and
all living in the immediate vicinity are above the average in intelligence and
enlightenment, and that every man, woman, and child who is a citizen of the
United States, is as much entitled to every privilege and accommodation as are
those who are served by an office
"having three times the number of rural patrons." Our "interested
Citizen" shows a heap of ignorance or is purposely deceptive when he states
that the rural carrier is only one-half or one hour later than formerly. If he
were a patron of the rural mail service he would know that the former starting
time was 7:15 a.m. and now it is 9 a.m., a difference of one hour and forty-five
minutes. Under the former schedule the carrier was allowed six and a quarter
hours to make the trip; now he is supposed to make it in five hours flat, which
is less time than any carrier around here is allotted.
Your correspondent wishes to state that he has been accused
of saying that the Templeton postmaster holds mail in his office twenty-four and
forty-eight hours before dispatching. I emphatically deny ever making such a
statement. The fact that
I said "When the carrier failed to get back in time for dispatching the
mail he picks up it would be some times delayed twenty-four and sometimes
forty-eight hours" is in every way true. Suppose a patron on route No. 20
sends a letter to a rural patron of any reasonably near town or city; said
letter starts on Friday, reaches the postoffice in time to be dispatched on
train No. 6, leaving at 2:57 p.m.; it will reach its destination the following
morning. But should said letter fail to leave on said train it would have to be
held until the 7:40 on the St. Paul road the following Monday, making a delay of
forty-eight hours. If it started any other day but Friday the delay, if delayed
would be twenty-four hours. this proves that the statement in The Freeman of
August 21 is absolutely correct.
I am your local correspondent
CHARLES J. TEMPERO
Source: Waukesha Freeman, September 4, 1913
Supt. of Rural Mail
Deliveries, Henry Casson, expects to have the first route in this state
established October 15, next. The route begins at Station B, Walnut street,
Milwaukee, and extends in a northwesterly direction along Fond du Lac Avenue for
a distance of ten miles to the county line. From this point it will run due
north for a half mile and thence east to the Cedarburg road and back on the
latter and Twelfth street to the starting point.
"It will furnish a daily service to 200 families, "
said Mr. Casson. "I shall recommend its establishment to the department,
and if everything goes right we shall have a carrier on duty there by October
The carrier will probably ride in one of the carts such as
are used by collectors in the city and every farmhouse on the route will be
visited whenever there is any mail for it. The delivery will be the first to be
established in the vicinity of Milwaukee, though they are already in operation
in some other parts of the state.
Waukesha Freeman Sept. 21, 1899, p8.
North Lisbon news - Our postmaster at Colgate, Max Manthey,
trying to get a rural mail route started to take in the county line road and
quite a strip of Washington Co., we hope he will succeed. Colgate gets mail four
times a day at present.
The Waukesha Freeman, March 6, 1902
INSPECTOR WELTON BEGINS WORK FOR RURAL DELIVERY - WILL
DRIVE ALL OVER COUNTY
About Forty Routes to be
Established Starting From Largest Centers. Not all Post-Offices to be
The work of inaugurating a complete rural delivery system for
county is to begun at once. Inspector of Rural Routes C. B. Welton expected to
begin his work of investigation yesterday. He will make a very complete survey
of the county by driving all over it, in order to ascertain the routes that will
best accommodate the people. This investigation will take several weeks and it
will probably be as many months before the system is fully introduced.
In answer to a question whether all or most of the rural
post-offices would be discontinued, Mr. Welton said that in villages and hamlets
having a few hundred inhabitants, postoffices would probably be retained. The
aim of the new system is to improve the postal service and where it does not
improve the service the present conditions will not be changed. Where the people
secure better service through the village post-office, than they would by the
delivery routes, they will continue to have a post-office.
Each rural route will be twenty-five miles long, and it will
take about 40 routes to cover the county. A considerable number of these routes,
perhaps a dozen or more, will center in this city (Waukesha). The others will
start from Oconomowoc, Hartland, Pewaukee, Mukwonago and the other larger
villages in the county.
The work of laying out the routes is to be done by Mr. Welton
assisted by Mr. Walker, who are the special government agents for the work. Mr.
Welton says it requires a good deal of figuring to fix the routes so as to
accommodate all, that it is in fact something of a Chinese puzzle that he is
expected to solve. He has just been doing work of the same kind in
There are at present four rural delivery routes in this county,
one starting from this city, one from Dousman, and two from Oconomowoc.
When the new system is fully established every resident of
the county will have mail brought daily to his door, unless he resides in an
area where it is perfectly easy for him to go to the post-office. There are at
present about forty post-offices in the county, several having already
discontinued through the introduction of rural delivery routes.
Source: Waukesha Freeman, October 23, 1902, page 1, col. 1
Note: Mail routes can refer to the path mail
traveled between post offices or to the path taken by letter and rural carriers
as they delivered mail from a post office to households and businesses.
Forty Positions - 140 Applicants
One hundred and forty young men from all parts
of the county appeared at the G. A. R. hall Tuesday and took the examination for
the positions of carrier in the rural delivery service. The examination was
conducted by C. B. Welton, who has arranged the rural routes, and other
officials in the postal service. Forty new routes are to be established in the
county, so that a large number of the applicants will be disappointed in their
hope of appointment.
The Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, February 26, 1903, page 3, col. 3.
The Waukesha Freeman, April 9, 1903 - Hartland
News. A rural route is to be established shortly between Hartland and Lake
The Waukesha Freeman,
Thursday, July 2, 1903, page 2, col. 2. (an excerpt)
The rural carriers will leave the post office
in this city at seven o'clock in the morning, and return with their collections
in time to dispatch mail after 2 p.m. After the establishment of this it is
expected that the star route from Waukesha to Waukesha via Gutherie, Prospect
and New Berlin will be discontinued, also that the service of the mail messenger
from Vernon to the Wisconsin Central R. R. will be discontinued.
Post Offices to be Closed
Under the new dispensation most of the star
route offices will be closed, and orders have already been received by post
masters to discontinue those at New Berlin, Gutherie and Prospect, as doubtless
have postmasters at various other free delivery points.
Templeton, regular, Charles E. Weaver;
substitute, George Barber. (Editor's note: No carriers were appointed for Sussex
or Merton P. O.'s)
MORE FREE DELIVERY ROUTES (editor's note:
these Pewaukee routes are noted because they delivered to parts of Lisbon
Three rural route are to be opened July 15th, starting at
Pewaukee. All three carriers start at 7 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. to Pewaukee as
Route No. 14
Hugh Stroud is regular carrier, in place of Wm. Anderson
resigned. No substitute has yet been appointed.
Beginning at the post office, Pewaukee, the carrier will go
thence to village limits 5/8 miles; thence se to school No. 4, 2 1/4 m; thence
sw and nw to W. F. Gauthier corner, 2 3/4m; thence n and ne to F.
W. Steele, residence, 1 7/8m; thence sw to Cooper corner, 1/2m; thence southerly
direction to town line, 1 5/8m; thence s to Breeze corner, 3/4m; thence e 1/2
mile and retrace to Breese corner, 1m; thence w to J. D. Roberts corner, 2 1/4m;
thence on angling road to H. G. Antsey corner, 3/8m; thence e to Taylor corner,
1 1/4m; thence s 1/2 mile and retrace to Taylor corner, 1m; thence e 1/4 mile
and n to M. Larson, 1 1/8m; thence se to village limit, 2m; thence to post
office, 7/8 mile.
Length of route 23 1/2 miles, area covered 12 square miles,
number of houses served 105, Population served 525.
Route No. 15.
Charles While regular carrier in place of Frank Garretts,
resigned. No substitute appointed yet.
Beginning at post office, Pewaukee, the carrier will go thence nw to village
limits, 3/4m; thence n to Ryan corner, 1/2m; thence n to Billings corners, ne to
McKerrow corner, 1 1/4m; thence e to J. Tempero
corner 7/8m; thence n to Lemon corner 1/2m; thence w to J. Booth corner, 1m;
thence 1/2 mile and retrace to Booth corner, 1m; thence to school house No.2,
5/8m; thence nw 1 1/4m; thence se to E. Pearl corner 5/8m; thence w to J.
Jungbluth corner 1 3/8m; thence n 3/8m; thence s to
Gillett corner 7/8m; thence e to school No. 2, 1 5/8m; thence se to McKerrow
corner 1m, thence sw 7/8m; thence w to A. L. Tenny corner, 3m; thence se
Hartland and Pewaukee road to village limits 3 1/2m; thence to post office,
Length of route, 22 7/8 miles. Area covered 11 square miles;
number of houses served 180; population served 400. Route 15 will connect with
route 21 from Hartland at A. L. Tenny corner.
Route 76. (Editor's note: typo in newspaper article, should read Route
Albert Evert regular carrier. Beginning at post office the
carrier will go thence nw to village limits 1m; thence n to N. Nichols corner
3/4m; thence e to Fiedler 3/4m; thence n 3/4m; thence w to J. Tempero
corner 1/2m; thence n and ne to J. A. Rodgers 1 5/8m; thence e to Sussex
5/8m; thence s to J. Weaver corner 1 1/2m, thence e to church, 3/4m;
thence n 1/2 mile and retrace 1m; thence e and se to Tn line 1 3/8m; thence s to
Lingelbach corner 1/4m; thence w 3/8m; thence e to Shuriskey corner 7/8m;
thence n to Schlieter corner 1/4m; thence se and e to Marcy P.O., 2 1/8m; thence
w to Holden corner 1/2m; thence s to L. Voltz corner, 1m; thence sw to Sauter
corner, and w to village limits 5
1/4m; thence w to post office, 7/8m.
Length of route 22 1/8miles; area covered 10 square miles;
number of houses served 110; population served 550. Route 16 will connect with
route 13 from Brookfield at Marcy P.O.
Source: The Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, July 16, 1903
Merton news - The rural delivery mail wagon began
July 15 to run through the village. As yet, we village people do not get our
mail in that way. Moreover we do not want to. We prefer the postoffice with out
(our?) two mails daily.
Source: The Waukesha Freeman, July 23, 1903, page 5, col.6.
STAND COLD WELL
Rural Mail Carriers make Trips Regularly
SOME ROADS IN BAD SHAPE
Clad like Arctic explorers in the Polar
regions, and adopting every possible method to protect themselves from the sharp
northwest winds, the rural mail carriers throughout the country have for the
past few days been experiencing real winter weather - weather so severe as to
cause complaint from many a man whose knowledge of the situation was obtained
only by a walk of a few city blocks instead of a ride of thirty miles or more.
This is the first winter on the road for many of the
carriers and it speaks well for their grit that there have been no complaints
In spite of the temperature, the snow has been in good shape
for sleighing though there has been some trouble with that bugaboo of rural
carriers, the snowdrift. That the people who get their mail from the carriers
are not ungrateful was evidenced at the holiday season, when all of the carriers
were made the recipients of numerous Christmas gifts.
But while the rural deliverer is at least allowed to wear as
many clothes as he wants to, the city carrier are strictly cautioned in the
regulations of the postal department against wearing overcoats or otherwise
hiding their uniforms and during the coldest mornings the carriers in the city
have started out on their long tramp as during the summer months. The hands are
the principal sufferers as they must be kept exposed to the cold and as they are
being used to pick out letters
and packages from the depths of the red leather bags, it would not do to have
them covered with too many heavy gloves.
The Waukesha Freeman, January 28, 1904, page 1, col. 4.
MAY LOSE RURAL DELIVERY
If Roads are not Kept in Good Condition
The post office department has ordered that
each carrier of rural mail must keep accurate account of the condition of the
roads which he travels, and send in with his monthly report an exact account of
impassable places in the roads, and how much attention the patrons along the
route give to keeping the roads in passable condition. It is the purpose of the
department to thus test the interest the patrons have in the service and will
decide its continuance or discontinuance according to the road conditions shown
in the carrier's reports. It will be well for those asking
for rural service, to learn how to make good roads, and then make them - Ex.
Source; The Waukesha Freeman, February 18, 1904, page 6, col.
CARRIERS IN SESSION
Men Who Deliver Mail in Country Organize
MET AT WAUKESHA ON MONDAY
Geo. Burmeister was Made President
Post Master James Addressed Meeting
Last Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, a large
and successful meeting was held by Rural Mail Carriers at G. A. R. Hall in this
city for the purpose of organizing. Besides carriers from Waukesha County, there
was a good sized delegation from Milwaukee County headed by President Kearney of
the State Rural Letter Carriers' Association.
`The local organization starts out in a substantial and
State president Kearney read the address of Post Master Owen
of Milwaukee, which was delivered at the annual meeting of the State Association
at Milwaukee on Memorial Day, and it was listened to with much interest.
Post Master A. W. James was present and addressed the meeting
and as secretary and treasurer of the State Post Masters' Association, invited
the carriers to attend the State meeting of that society in Milwaukee next week.
The following were chosen officers of the county
President, Geo. Burmeister of Waukesha; vice-president,
Daniel Clohisy, of Eagle; Secretary, Emery A. Turner, of Brookfield; Treasurer,
A. C. Ferder, of Waukesha; sergeant -at-arms, Albert Evert, Pewaukee.
It is expected that other carriers who were not able to be
present Monday will at once associate themselves with the society, as every
encouragement to the organization is given by Post Office Officials from the top
The Waukesha Freeman, September 6, 1906, page 1, col. 6.
Civil Service Examination
An examination for the position of clerk (male and female)
and carrier (male) will be held at the post office in this city (Waukesha) on
November 17, 1906.
For application blanks, and for full information relative to
the examination, qualifications, duties, salaries, vacations, promotions, etc.,
address Secretary, Board of Civil Service Examiners, Post Office,
Waukesha Freeman, Nov. 8, 1906
The Waukesha Freeman, Apr. 7, 1910 - J. B.
Weaver, Pewaukee postmaster
WILL SUSSEX GO TOO?
Report That Postoffice Will Be Discontinued as Result of Free
A rumor is current that the Sussex postoffice
is about to be discontinued. When the free rural mail delivery was introduced
into the county a few months ago, statement was made threat the Sussex office
would not be interfered with but would still continue business at the old stand.
However the free delivery has greatly cut into the receipts of the office and it
is said that the postmaster, D. R. Campbell, does not care to have it continued
on the present basis. The Sussex office was established in 1851 and William
Weaver, Sr., was the first postmaster.
Source: Waukesha Freeman, April 28, 1910, page 4
MORNING MAIL, TEMPLETON - CHANGE?
Templeton, July 22. - There is a move on to have the morning
mail at Templeton come in about 8:30 o'clock instead of the present time. If
this arrangement is effected the rural carrier will have to start two hours
later, and, as it takes him five hours on a an average to make the trip, he will
arrive back at about 2:15 p.m., which will give patrons' out-going mail but a
few minutes to be prepared for the afternoon out-going mail.
On hot days, stormy days when roads are bad and under other
unfavorable circumstances, when it will take five and a half hours or more to
make the trip, the out-going mail will have to lie in the postoffice until the
next morning, which in many cases will delay letters twenty-four hours or more.
For instance, a letter written on Friday evening by a patron on the rural route
for a patron of a rural route out of Waukesha, if it missed the out-going
Saturday mail, would not be delivered until Tuesday. At present mail collected
one day will be delivered the following morning.
There are several patrons on route No. 20 who do many dollars
worth of business through the mails and this proposed change is very
unsatisfactory to them.
(The proposed change has not yet been made at any rate as far
as could be ascertained by The Freeman. Neither the Waukesha postmaster, H. E.
Blair, nor the office at the Soo line station knew anything about it. -
Source: Waukesha Freeman
Raymond J. "Mass City Ray" Hein
August 08, 2007
"Mass City Ray" Hein, 79, of Mass City, MI, passed peacefully into eternal life
on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at home from cancer. He was born on October 9,
1927, in Milwaukee, son of the late Andrew Hein and Clara M. Fischer (formerly
of Ontonagon, MI).
Ray graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1945 and was drafted into the
U.S. Army on January 3, 1946, and served in Whittier, Alaska. He was employed by
the U.S. Postal Service within the Railway Post Office on August 12, 1948, a job
he enjoyed immensely.
Ray was married on May 9, 1960, in Milwaukee to Suzanne Schmidt. In 1967,
when the RPOs were being discontinued, he worked from the Sussex Post Office as
a mail carrier and retired as a rural mail carrier in 1983.
They made their home in Menomonee Falls and later moved to Mass City in 1983.
Ray was a member of the Wainola Lutheran Church, Treasurer of the Ontonagon
County Veterans Association, a DAV Van driver and a former member of the
Mountain Lions Club. He enjoyed singing in church, gardening, baseball, and
being on time.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne; two sons, Ronald (Carol) of Hartland, WI,
and Roger (Kimberly) of Arlington, TX; five grandchildren, Andrew, David, Sara,
Lindsey and Gregory; a sister, Dorothy Jones of Milwaukee; and numerous nieces
He was preceded in death by a brother, William; a brother-in-law, David Jones;
and a sister-in-law, Doris Hein.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Wainola
Lutheran Church with the Rev. John West officiating. Friends called at the
church on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service. Military Honors were
conducted by the Ontonagon County Veterans Association. Memorials in Ray's name
may be made to Ontonagon County Cancer Association or the Portage Hospital
Chemotherapy Unit in Hancock. The Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing, MI,
is assisting the family. İSussex