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Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society
The Greentown Gem
New Post Office Equipment Erected Wednesday
New Room Expected to be Ready for Occupancy By First of Week At Least.
NEW MAIL SERVICE WILL BE INAUGURATED FRIDAY A. M.
Star Route Between Frankfort and Marion to Provide Four Mails In and Out a Day.
The long awaited equipment for the new post office room in the I. O. O. F. building arrived Tuesday afternoon and workmen began erecting the all steel equipment at once. The erecting should be completed by Wednesday evening and the old office will probably be abandoned some time this week or the first of next.
The large ton and a half safe for the new office arrived Monday and was placed in the room. The remainder of the equipment arrived by truck Tuesday afternoon. The entire equipment is of steel, finished in imitation quartered oak, with an imitation marble baseboard. The desks and tables are finished in a light brown color.
The equipment includes spacious work tables for the rural carriers and cabinets for the stamp, parcel post and delivery windows, with file cabinets and other working tables and desks for the conducting of the post office business. When arranged the new room will present a very inviting appearance, which every patron of the town well be proud.
Three sections of patron mail boxes all provided with combination locks will be available, as will a steel lobby writing desk for convenience of those who wish to write letters or cards at the office.
In fact you will just have to come down and see this new office - you will be agreeably surprised.
Postmaster, James Speck is all smiles in contemplation of his new quarters. He is enthusiastically joined by Mrs. Ada Johnson, assistant to Mr. Speck, and three rural carriers Wm. Miller, Hanley Pickett and Everett Long.
New Mail Service
The abandoning of the interurban service through town, naturally the question of mail service became an important topic for consideration among local patrons. For the past year or so Greentown mail has been received over the interurban line from Marion and Kokomo. True this service as an outgoing service was not just what the patrons desired it was considered fairly good, and the probability of losing this concerned every patron of the local office.
Postmaster Speck announced Tuesday that Greentown would be serviced by a star mail route from Frankfort to Marion temporarily, at least. He stated that the route would be established permanently in the near future with advertising for bids.
He announced the tentative schedule for the arrival of the mail trucks as follows:
Leave Frankfort at 5:30 A. M. arriving Greentown about 7:30 A. M.
Leave Frankfort 3:30 P. M., arriving in Greentown about 5:30 P. M.
Leave Marion 5:30 A. M., arriving in Greentown about 6:15 A. M.
Leave Marion 2:30 P. M., arriving in Greentown about 3:15 P. M.
This arrangement will give Greentown four outgoing mails a day, as well as four incoming mails, and provide for three terminals or distributing points.
The only objection offered to this arrangement is that outgoing mail placed in the post office in the morning will not leave the office until late in the afternoon. It is pointed out that and outgoing mail should be provided at about eleven o’clock in the morning to speed up the service. If such a service could be arranged it would mean much to the local patrons.
[transcribed by Lisa A. Stout 2008 February 3]