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Going back in time

Hannie Wolf
Albion, Neb.

A recent newspaper article caught my attention. Among the new townhouses that spring up in many cities the latest ones are a bit different. The place of business is located on the first floor, while the owners live upstairs.

This takes me back to the days when this was common practice. For example, dentists and doctors practiced on the ground floor, while their families lived upstairs. It also applied to many other businesses. Many of us remember the small neighborhood grocery stores. The owners knew all of their customers by name. They stayed open seven days a week. If someone came in late they willingly opened their doors.

When it came to the U.S. Post Office, the Postmaster or Postmistress, as women were called, were required to live in the town where they worked. The Postmaster was always willing to help customers who sometimes came in late. I remember one incident where, in an emergency, the Postmaster willingly opened the doors on a Sunday.

While those days are long gone, the future may herald a new beginning for the Post Office. Besides selling stamps, many other items will soon be available.


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