Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 15, 1969 · Page 25
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 25

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, June 15, 1969
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PHOENIX POST OFFICE — This was the first post office within the City of Phoenix. It was a store owned by Capt. William A. Hancock, who laid out the city. The store also served as the first county building. It was situated roughly 3 miles west of the present corner of Van Buren and 24th Street. Born in a box on a tree Phoenix Post Office marks 100th anniversary By JESUS A. BARKER From a "mailbox" nailed to a tree to an operation that ships out an average 12Vi tons of mail a day is the history of the Phoenix Post Office, celebrating its. 100th anniversary today. John K. Bammerlin, 1408 E. Georgia, a '. supervisor with 23 years service in the post ! office, has compiled a history of the local operation as a hobby. A copy of this history was placed in the cornerstone of the main post office building at 14th Street and Buckeye Road in 1967. According to Bammerlin's research, be' fore June 15, 1869, Valley residents received > and sent mail through the Prescott Post ' Office. George W. Barnard, the Prescott ; postmaster, used his influence to try to get a post office for the Valley. But before that happened, letters or packages were placed in a box nailed to a tree just outside Mill City, as the city then was known, on the road to Prescott. The first one headed for Prescott would take the mail with him. People coming in from Prescott would bring any mail for the Valley. On June 15, 1869, the Mill City Post Office was entered into the official post office register, with merchant Jack Swilling as the first postmaster. Swilling operated a grocery store on what is now the southeast corner of the Arizona State Hospital grounds, and it was the first post office. During the winter of 1870-1871, a new town site was surveyed about 3 miles west of Mill .City, and Postmaster John M. Olvaney moved the post office to the new site. It was established in the store owned by surveyor William A. Hancock. This was the first post office in Phoenix. The appointment of Olvaney as postmaster on Aug. 27, 1870, was noted in the Prescott Miner (the leading newspaper in the territory) with the hope that Valley residents "will punctually be supplied with at least a weekly mail." The site of the main post office has Amoved all around the central part of Phoe- nix, with the latest move coming two years ago to the new complex on Buckeye Road. The first post office, in 1869, had two em- ployes. The Phoenix Post Office now employs more than 2,100 presons. The first postmaster was paid $12 a year. Current postmaster William J. Mason's salary is in the $20,000 range. Bammerlin's records show the Phoenix Post Office had two main problems in completing mail deliveries to Prescott and Tucson in the early days. The first was Indian raids > in which mail pouches were lost. The second was water. During the rainy season, the rivers surrounding Phoenix made it impossible for a stagecoach to move in or out of the town. And since the mail was carried by stagecoach, it was sometimes difficult to complete service. Also, in the early days of Phoenix there were no street addresses. Many residents lived in tents and delivery was limited to general delivery. The envelopes bore the recipient's name, but many new residents, with possibly unsavory records where they came from, changed their names and the mail was undeliverable. The first mail to arrive by train, came in March 1885; by-airplane, on May 15, 1918. The first woman letter carrier was Mrs. Marie Leafdale, who was hired in 1944. And the cjurent postmaster was the first one to comeiup from the ranks, having been hired as a substitute mail clerk on June 25, 1925. He became postmaster on Jan. 31,1960. Post office records indicate the Phoenix Post Office handles about 2 million pieces of mail in a 24-hour period. An average 4,000 founds of letters are air-mailed daily and seven semitrailer trucks are needed daily to handle the packages. ' In 100 years there have been 19 postmasters and the "main post office' 1 has occupied 14 different buildings, from a grocery store corner to a three-floor building occu- pying:23l,l70 square feet. From two employes to 2,100. From a hope "for weekly mail" to cross-country delivery of mail in 24 hours. That has been the first 100 years. Breakthrough in grape strike asking for formal meetings to end. the lengthy and bitter farm labor dispute because "we are definitely hurting. It is costing us more to produce and sell our grapes than we are getting for them." One grower said Coachella Valley growers are selling table grapes below the cost of production. Cochairmen of the growers' group which made the original offer to bargain are Lionel Steinberg of the David Freeman Co. and John Kova- ^evich, a major grower. -Advert United Press International COACHELLA, Calif.—Cesar Chavez' United Farm Workers Organizing Committee agreed yesterday to begin talks with grape growers to end a three-year boycott of California table grapes. Ten prominent growers announced Friday they were rilling to negotiate a contract with the union. Farm worker leaders James Drake and Peter Velasco said the union's executive board had voted unanimously at a Friday night session in Delano, Calif., to begin talks. The union joined the growers in asking the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for a joint meeting. They said their proposal would be made public only to the 10 growers who announced their willingness to talk. . Drake called for round- the-clock sessions and empha- sised boycott activity would continue until a settlement is reached. "We want to make it clear that the boycott activity and strike will not be relaxed un- tjl there is a signed contract," Drake said. "Talk does not take the place of action." .There was no comment from otter growers. .Those who made the offer to negotiate produce about a third of the table grapes grown in Coachella Valley afnd Arvin areas of the state, which turn out about 25 per cent of California's crop. Growers said they were W1 S>" ^ e "'ringlegged 'earwig," "If we have a conference and discussions with the union and we see there is a give-and-take attitude on their part, there is no question that we are prepared to recognize the UFWOC as the collective bargaining agent," Steinberg said. "Through good faith on both sides, we see progress toward a settlement of the strike in the near future," Larry Itliong, a UFWOC spokesman, said after a meeting of the workers at the County Federation of Labor Building in Los Angeles. KLH Li.;-'.', CITY I. > I i I ^ t... i Vj '\-> U L Few Texarkanians alarmed by 100,000 rats MAIL < The Arizona Republic A-17 ' 0 Sunday, June 15, 1969 Associated Press TEXARKANA, Tex. - An old black hearse with "Rat Patrol" stenciled on the chassis wag sent through the streets to help alert residents to a public health menace. The problem is rats — possibly 17 of them for every family of humans in this city of 22,000 people on the Arkansas-Texas border. The Texas Health Department made a study two years ago and came up with the rats-per-family ratio which is three times the national average. The situation now is not appreciably changed, officials say. Few Texarkanians act alarmed at living among almost 100,000 rats. "Public apathy," said W. E. Westbrook, chief sanitarian of the health unit for Bowie County, which includes the Texas side of the city. "We've got the problems because people don't give a damn." The hearse was designed to stir public concern, but • Crush an earwig and you have ."handsome earwig," and one I Q fmil cmcJ Tkrt «., A:X:_- i ,, e> «"«* "*iv — ^ -j ••t-.tuuvsAjic ecu wIK, aim UJIG a foul smell. The superstition!that chews on cactus, the "big- that they attack people's ears is | toothed earwig " absurd, but had its foundations „ Pest control operators have chemicals that will eliminate , | in the Middle Ages. The forked tail or forceps is used for holding prey and for defense. There is no "sting." Food of earwigs is quite variable, some specie feed on decayed matter such as dead i leaves, others on insects and j still others attacking living {plants. more than 95%, even 1QO% of earwigs with complete safety to children and pets. Or, if you have no children or pets to concern yourself, you might try using 10% chlordane dust, but never inside of the house. specie do not cross-breed. The "common" names for isome specie are "striped ear- didn't. Westbrook said in an interview. Rats abound partly because of the garbage collection system, he said. Westbrook said the cily contracts its pickup service, but some areas are not covered because residents of the area don't pay the pickup fee. A recent study showed more than one-third of the city's houses had no collection service. "Most of the garbage ends up in the backyard or in an alley," Westbrook said. "Before you can get rid of rats you have to dry up their food source." Open dumping occurs throughout the city, he said, and no sanitary landfill is used for disposal of solid wastes. In the open dumps rats get as big as cottontail rabbits, and "it's nothing to find a rat 10 inches long, not including his tail, and weighing from two to three pounds," Westbrook said. Health officials in Arkansas and Texas said ailments, County health officer, said rat said that according to reports such as rabies, can result bites apparently are increas- I 1 * n .°.f receive s, as many as rr J ifwl rvif f\t> MM Vtii*Mn«M A «*....» i— ing. Intensified efforts to record such bites began only from rats, rat bites and fleas of rats. 100 bites on humans occur in the city during the course of a year, and probably many Dr. Jerry Bailes, Bowie 18 months ago. But BaileS others are unreported. COMPLETE DENTURE SERVICE • DENTURES • PARTIALS EXTRACTIONS • X-RAYS One day service for out of town patients FREE EXAMINATION REPAIRS ft RELINES WHILE YOU WAIT Sodium Pentothal Sleep for Extractions and Dentures DR. GEORCE KENDIG c.ll«oll,ci,,,«.fo,«,tim.t.t *%l g m t*g and Associates 266-2686 5716 N. 19th Ave. oreN 7 ,.„ . ««« CITY OF PHOENIX License #29911 LOST OUR WAREHOUSE LEASE SALE AUTHORIZED IN OUR store for public safely OF OUR WAREHOUSE SALE AT OUR STORE at 908 E. Camelback! 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