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Guthrie Rural Mail Routes - 1901

Rural Mail Routes - 1901

Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma



Researched, submitted & transcribed by: Bob Chada



Transcribed from the Guthrie Leader, Guthrie, Oklahoma
September 20, 1901, pages 4 and 5

Rural Mail Delivery - Some Changes are Made - Location of the Routes
and other information of interest to Patrons of the Post Office

The post office department announces that on Tuesday, October 1, 1901, the free rural delivery of mail will be inaugurated from the Guthrie office. The routes will be as follows:
Three United States collection boxes will be placed on one route and two on each of the other routes for the convenience of patrons.
Carriers will leave the post office at 7:30 a.m., and report at 4 p.m., each day in the year, Sunday and holidays excepted. No provision is made for Sunday service for patrons of rural routes.
Patrons are expected to "meet the department half way" by affording the carriers every facility for the performance of their duties, using their influence to improve the roads and in all weather to maintain them to the standard required by the department. All carriers will be provided with shrill whistles to the sound of which it is hoped patrons will respond promptly.
Patrons not living directly upon the routes may secure the delivery of their mail by obtaining the consent of any patron to place a box upon the route near a dwelling, and each family desiring to receive mail must erect a separate box.
The general regulations in regard to conduct of city carriers will apply to rural carriers.
The carriers will be supplied at all times with postage stamps, postal cards, stamped envelopes and money order blanks, and if their patrons choose to make carriers their agents, may purchase and enclose money orders. They are also prepared to register letters or parcels and carry form No. 289R, giving information in regard to registering may be obtained at the post office.
Rates for postage. The rate for postage, two cents for each letter is required on all letters that are to be delivered upon rural routes. Otherwise, postal regulations now in force are unchanged. Carriers may receive and cancel stamps upon mail intended for delivery while reroute.
Route No. 1. Leaving the city at the northeast corner; thence east two miles to the Fair Valley school house; thence north three miles to school house No. 58; thence east four miles to the Shepard place; thence north two miles to the Arnold corner, thence west one mile, thence north one mile; thence west two miles; thence south one mile; thence west one mile; thence north one mile; thence west one mile; thence south four miles; thence west one mile to school house No. 57; thence south one and one half miles; thence west one half mile to the city limit.
Length of Route No. 1, 26 1/2 miles; area covered 35 square miles; number of houses on route 140; population served 700; carrier Luther Arnold. See map
Route No. 2. Leaves the city at northeast (southeast) corner of the city and from there east one and one half miles; thence south four (1/4 mile) miles; thence east one-quarter mile; thence north three quarter mile to the Fair Valley school house; thence east seven miles past school houses Nos. 73 and 72; thence north two miles on the Meridian line; thence west five miles to the old Berwick post office; thence south three miles to the C. M. Stout farm; thence west one and one half mile; thence north one and one quarter mile; thence west one mile to the Hixon place; thence south three-quarters of a mile; thence west one-half mile; thence north one-half mile; thence west one and one half mile to the southeast corner of the city limits.
Length of Route No. 2, 27 miles; area, 38 square miles; numbers of houses, 130; population served, 650; carrier, Edwin F. Shreffler. See map
Route No. 3. Leaves the northeast corner of the city and may be described as follows: East one half mile; thence south one and one half mile; thence east one half mile; thence south one mile to the Delancy place; thence east one mile; thence south one and one half mile to the Prairie Grove school house; thence east one mile to the Harmony school house; thence south one half mile; thence east one mile; north one half mile; east one and one eight mile to the Tom Erwin corner; thence south one eight mile; east one eight mile; thence south two and seven eight mile; thence south two and seven eights of a mile to the old Beulah post office; thence south and west one half mile'; west one half mile; north one half mile; thence west one mile to the Dick Light farm; north one quarter mile past N. S. Sturgis' farm; west one and three quarter miles; north one mile to the W. H. Morris place; thence west one mile to the Brill farm; thence north three miles to the southeast corner of the city limits.
Length of Route No. 3, 23 miles, area 28 square miles; number of houses, 105; population served, 650; carrier Matthew S. Allen. See map
Route No. 4. Leaves the city at West Oklahoma avenue, goes west one mile; south one half miles to the convent; thence west nine miles past school house No. 18; thence south one mile; west one mile; thence south one mile to school house No. 17, thence east nine miles past the old Cedar post office and school houses Nos. 38 and 39; thence north two miles; east two miles to the southwest corner of the city limits.
Length of Route No. 4, 26 miles; area, 34 square miles; number of houses, 130; population served, 650; carrier, Charles C. Newton. See map
Route No. 5. Leaves the city at North Vine street, goes north six miles, thence west three miles to school house No. 32; north one mile; west two miles; thence north one quarter of a mile to the Acton post office; thence south one quarter of a mile; thence west one mile; south two and one half miles to school house No. 33; thence east one mile; thence south one half mile; thence east two miles past the Lima post office; thence south one mile to the Rabbit Foot school house; thence east three miles to school house No. 56; thence south three miles to the city limits.
Length of Route No. 5, 26 miles; area 37 square miles; number of houses, 100; population served, 500; carrier, James L. Bartlett. See map
Route No. 6. Leaves the city at South Division street, goes south nine miles past school houses Nos. 61 and 65; thence east four miles past the old Enfield post office; thence north two miles; west two miles; north five miles; thence west two miles past Pleasant Hill school house and two miles to the city limits. See map
Route No. 7. Leaves at the southwest corner of the city, goes south one half mile; west one half mile; south one and one half mile; thence west one half mile; south one mile; west one mile; south one mile; west two miles; thence south four miles to the Albert Ploeger place; thence east three miles to school house No. 43; north four miles along township line; east one mile along township line; north one mile; thence north and east two miles; east one half mile; north one mile to the city limits at Division street. See map

There will be eleven iron United States collection boxes placed on the different routes as follows:
Route No. 1. - One at school house No. 54; one at school house No. 59; one at school house No. 69.
Route No. 2. - One at school house No. 72; one at the site of the old Berwick post office
Route No. 3. - One at the present Vittum post office; one at the old Beulah post office.
Route No. 4. - One at school house No. 17; one at school house No. 18.
Route No. 5. - One at Acton post office; one at school house No. 33.
A new ruling has been received by Postmaster McCoy, stating that for special delivery letters the carrier must vary from his route and take the letter to the house for which he receives a fee of 8 cents.


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