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Telegram Starts First Post Office

Telegram Starts First Post Office

Submitted by: Bob Chada

© Guthrie Register-News, Sunday, April 17, 1955

Telegram Starts First Post Office on April 24, 1889
The lawn of the federal building in Guthrie is the site of its first postoffice which was opened in a tent April 24 by Dennis T. Flynn, later Oklahoma's first delegate in congress. With no more authority than a telegram from Senator Plumb of Kansas saying Flynn had been recommended by the senator for the job of postmaster_Flynn took over three car loads of mail which had accumulated at the Santa Fe depot.
After swearing in a dozen clerks Flynn had things going good when a post office inspector showed up and tried to close the little post office.
Flynn said he was acting only as an agent of the people in getting their mail and with the approval of the crowd went right on doing business.

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