POST OFFICE

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Postmaster’s Daily Cash and Stock Summary –Randsburg April 12th, 1912 to April 19th, 1913. This book and the Postal Savings book were found in a Post Office in Eastern Oregon after being found in the attic of and old house in Oregon. The Postal System sent them to Randsburg to be used as they seen fit. Collection of Ilene Huss (Current Contractor in Charge of Randsburg Post Office.)

POSTMASTERS:

FREDERICK M. MOOERS                          APRIL 16, 1896

AUSTIN M. YOUNG                                       JULY 28, 1897

CLYDE J. McDIVITT                                MARCH 31, 1906

JOSEPHINE MONTGOMERY                   APRIL 12, 1910

ELIZABETH B. TYLER (ACTING)    OCTOBER 2, 1922

ELIZABETH B. TYLER                        JANUARY 11, 1923

ELIZABETH B. REYNOLDS                   AUGUST 1, 1930  (NAME CHANGED BY MARRIAGE)

ELIZABETH A. KNOWLTON       NOVEMBER 15, 1933  (NAME CHANGED BY MARRIAGE)

MRS. RUTH B. EVANS (ACTING) JANUARY 14, 1938

MRS. RUTH B. EVANS                                JUNE 22, 1939

MRS. JESSIE B. SCHEU (ACTING)        MAY, 22, 1942

MRS. RENA MANILLA (DAVIS HOWELL) RINALDI  MAY 7, 1943 (See note below)

MRS. CONSTANCE H. POST                MARCH 31, 1954  (ACTING)

MRS. CONSTANCE H. POST                  MARCH 9, 1955

December 27, 1896: Our postal facilities are wholly inadequate to our needs.  We have only a tri-weekly mail service, when we should have a daily.  There are generally from eight to ten sacks of mail and a great deal of it is letter mail, the proportion of newspapers being smaller than usual, as all the big dailies are distributed by agents.  More mail is now coming to Randsburg, a fourth-class office with a salary of $50 per year, than comes to many offices with a salary of $1,000.  The postmaster is F. M. Mooers, and the assistant, who does most of the work is D. C. Kuffel, who is very obliging, keeping the office open for the accommodation of the public as late as 11 p.m. on mail nights.  Up to the present time he has had no facilities for handling the large mail but only alphabetical boxes.  Now, at Mr. Moore’s own expense, he has moved the office into a room especially prepared for it, and put in 200 boxes, sixty of them lock boxes, extending clear across the room, with a stamp window at one end.

The office will not now be opened before the mail is all distributed, and it will be a great convenience to all, especially the postmaster.  As above stated, Mr. Mooers has done this at his own expense, trusting to the government to do the fair thing when the facts become known.  A daily mail service, which is badly needed and an express office, which is still more in demand, would put us on an equal footing with other places showing equal business activity.

There is little danger of the business being less for a long time with the chances very greatly in favor of a larger increase. ” — The Los Angeles Daily Times

January 17, 1897: “The tri-weekly mail service in and out of Randsburg is very inadequate. Petitions for a daily service have long since gone to Washington, but action seems to be very slow. The fact is the mails are cumbersome, naturally, made so by accumulation at Mojave, .where they may be short of help, but where the service is actually worse than none at all. Letters have been delayed eight and ten days going each way through the Mojave office and it would be far better if they would take the pouches direct from the train to the stages and let the Randsburg office do the distributing for Garlock and Goler. In this manner great delays would be overcome, as the Postmaster at Randsburg, Mr. Clyde Kuffol, is a live, active and obliging young man, and frequently works up to 11 and 12 o’clock at night to accommodate the public in the delivery of their mail. He has just put in a large number of new Yale lock-boxes and the office presents quite a metropolitan appearance.”  – San Francisco Call

October 7, 1897: “THE RANDSBURG POSTOFFICE — Long Beach Beats Santa Monica in Postal Receipts Postoffice Inspector M. H, Flint says that Randsburg will be a presidential office in about three months. The office, there is only one year old, and in that year it has taken in $1700 worth of receipts. As a postoffice only needs $1900 in receipts a year to qualify, Mr. Flint feels that he is justified in feeling that Randsburg will very shortly reach the required status. Receipts there hay been climbing steadily and this last month $391.46 has been received for box rent and stamps alone.

The following figures are interesting and significant as well, for they show the comparative growth of the three summer resorts as represented by the post offices in those places. In the three months from July 1st to September3oth, 1896, the Avalon post office made a showing of $695.36; in the same period in 1897 the receipts were $855.76, or an advance of $160.40.

At Santa Monica from July 1st to September 30th, 1896, the receipts were $1678.91; in the same months this year. $1690.01, an advance of only $11.10; while at Long Beach from July 1st to September 30th, 1596, the receipts were $1487.09; and in the same period this year they were $1623.91, or an advance of $136.82.” — Los Angeles Herald

October 17, 1897: “Postmaster Austin Young has applied to Samuel Flint, superintendent of the railway mall service, to have the mall sent direct from trains No. 18, 19 and 20 of the Southern Pacific on train No. 34 of the Atlantic and Pacific, via Mojave to Randsburg (via Kramer), which arrangement when completed will bring more than three-quarters of Randsburg’s mail to its destination six hours earlier than by the route it now travels.” – The Herald

November 08, 1897: “A MAIL TO THE MINES. There Will Be Belter Facilities to Randsburg After Today. Progress of the A. and P. Railroad in Building the New Town of Johannesburg. Oscar T. Shuck, of the Randsburg Development Company, says that the new mining town in Kern County, which has been having only a tri-weekly mail since it had a postoffice, will to-day enter upon the enjoyment of daily mail facilities. The postoffice, which was practically out of town, has been moved to the center of population and a convenient building erected by the postmaster, at his own expense.” –The Herald

December 19, 1897:  “Postmaster Young is making efforts to secure from the department at Washington a seven-day mail service for the district, and he hopes to have succeeded by the time the railroad is in operation. Mail now arrives twice a day six days in the week.” –The Herald

January 31, 1898:  “Samuel Flint of San Francisco, an Inspector In the railway mail service, has been here and In Randsburg the past few days. As a result of his efforts, Los Angeles mail now arrives here the same day it is mailed, for which Randsburgers and Johunnesburgers tender thanks, as they are now enable to keep in dally touch with all the outside world.”– The Herald

March 30, 1898: “With the 1st of April the post office becomes a first class office, the postmaster to receive a salary of $1200 per year.” —  The Herald

August 10, 1898: “THE POST OFFICE has been moved to its new quarters, at the corner of Butte avenue and Broadway, and has been handsomely lifted up with new boxes, etc. The building is of adobe and is as nearly fireproof as possible. ” – The Herald

November 11, 1899: “POSTMASTER YOUNG HAS FURNISHED the following information in regard to the Randsburg office:

For a period of thirty-five days ending November 6, 1899, every postoffce in the United States had instructions to weigh and segregate into classes all the mail originating in such offices.  The weight of the mail that originated in the Randsburg postoffice together the equipment, or sacks and pouches that carried same is as follows:

First class matter 167 pounds, 13 oz, Second class matter 64 pounds, 7 oz. Third and fourth class matter 80 pounds.  Government free (extra sacks returned) 194 pounds.  Equipment (pouches and sacks containing mail)1,162 pounds.  Total mail and equipment 1,669 pounds 3 oz.” –Randsburg Miner

February 27, 1924: “RANDSBURG –an important letter is in the local post office for “Shorty “ Harris, world-famed prospector.  Last report of him was that he was visiting Walter (Death Valley) Scott.  Southeastern Nevada newspapers are asked to please pass the query along.”—Bakersfield Californian

Note– E-mail receved 6-22-13–You have my grandmother’s Name wrong. It is Rena Manila (Davis-Howell) Rinaldi. Mrs. My Mother informs me that her mother worked as post master till her death in the 60’s. My mother was in college, and when home, helped her mother at the post office. She says that she remembers a few of the old timers, and some of the dances at Hall. They made a lot of old westerns there.
Please correct name.
Rena M Bocock-Donze

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