The Post Office
Hopedale Community Postal System Choosing a postmaster, 1914-15
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Donald Arey, Elbert Marso, Ralph Holt, Chick Rubeo, Red ?, William Larson, John Connolly and Thomas Eckles.
My Dad was reflecting on a photo c. 1942. He believes that some of the printed capture is not quite accurate. He offers the
comments below for whatever it's worth
Donald Arey - mail carrier, eastern part of town
Elbert Marso - Assistant Postmaster (not clerk)
Ralph Holt - Parcel Post Deliverer and part time mail man
Chick Rubeo - Draper Corp courier
(Unknown next man)
William Lawson - Clerk
John Connolly - Post Master (not Draper employee see note below)
Thomas Eckles - mail carrier western part of town
A few comments on the PO -- Due to shear volume of mail, Chick Rubeo picked up the mail several times a day. The
Postmaster job at that time was a political appointee. It always went to a man from the same political party that held power at
the time. Connolly was an operator of a grocery store that was failing. His brother in law was Senator David I Walsh, Democrat
of Mass. It was he who arranged his appointment. For the size of the town at the time Hopedale would have been a fourth
class post office. With the Draper Corp. mail it was a first class PO which meant the pay was higher for all involved.
According to this article, the post office was located in the town hall from the
time that it was built in 1887, but according to the 1912 Milford Gazette
article above (under the photo of Susan Thwing Whitney) it evidently didn't
move into the town hall until then. When it was there, it wasn't in the middle
of the building where the Spa was, as stated, but on the left as you face it.
This clipping tells of the house that once
stood where the post office is now.