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Mail Tribune 100, March 29, 1922

News from 100 years ago
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

March 29, 1922


Postmaster Warner is conducting a campaign to have local patrons properly address their mail to street and number, instead of just mailing letters addressed simply to the city, as so many Medfordites carelessly do, especially business houses. This causes much trouble to the post office staff and often letters are either delayed while street address and number must be looked up, or because of the fact that the residence of the person addressed in not known in the post office.

In his letter to business houses, asking for cooperation in the regard, Postmaster Warner says in part:

“As on of our heavy mailers, especially around the first of the month, when monthly statements are mailed, it has been observed that all or a large part of the letters mailed by you for local delivery are mailed without street number or other specific address.

“When it is brought to your attention that this office has something over 20,000 names in its directory, including city, rural, box and general delivery patrons as well as all forwarding orders, I feel sure that you will realize that no distributing clerk, however proficient, can do the memorizing necessary for the proper distribution of all patrons mail. This is exactly what you are expecting him to do when you mail you letters without street number or other specific address.

“I am endeavoring to speed up delivery of mail at this office to the highest degree of efficiency, and am making a personal appeal to you to assist this office in perfecting your mail service to the extent that you address all mail for local delivery to street, R. F. D. or box number.

“May I not have your hearty cooperation?”


Edison Marshall, winner of the O. Henry short story prize today received his check for $500 for the first award and a letter from Dr. Blanche Colton Williams of which the following is an extract:

“As I announced the winners, I took upon myself the pleasant duty of reading your letter. Needless to say, your proposed bear hunt and all your other comments were vastly enjoyed! Your letter was applauded heartily.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com