16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, January 17, 1912: Had to walk to school this morning, as Daddy was busy elsewhere. We didn’t get any mail today because the mail carrier was almost too lazy I guess to get through the drifts. How you do miss the mail then. Ahem.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Today’s diary entry brings back warm fuzzy memories of the days when getting mail was one of the highlights of the day.
A hundred years ago the mailman probably used a horse and buggy to deliver the mail.
The mailman would not have delivered packages. A hundred years ago merchants opposed the establishment of parcel post because they believed that it would take business away from the local stores—but farmers and others strongly advocated for parcel post and it would be established a year later in 1913.