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In the summer of 2007 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum began contacting surviving Railway Post Office clerks in preparation of creating a historical record of the service and its workers within the museum. Approximately 200 clerks responded to the preliminary inquiry. Since that summer, museum staff and a rotating group of dedicated interns have sought to obtain as much information as possible from the clerks. As a part of this process, museum interns Jen Giambrone and Caitlin Herzog spent several months speaking with retired RPO clerks from across the country and collecting artifacts. The interviews they conducted are listed below. New interns will work on using these interviews to make these stories known. The museum is always looking to contact more retired RPO clerks. If you are a retired clerk, or the relative of a retired clerk, and have not yet spoken with museum staff, do not hesitate to contact historian Nancy Pope. New interviews will be posted as they are obtained.

               
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  Louis V. Barner mp3 link to audio | 3:48 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Barner began his career with the Railway Mail Service in 1940. He ran on the New York and Pittsburgh line in 1941. After devoting time fighting for his country in World War II, Mr. Barner returned to the Railway Mail Service working out of Pittsburgh going west, and Philadelphia or New York City going east until his retirement. He currently resides in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
               
  Joseph E. Beauchemin mp3 link to audio | 7:26 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Beauchemin, of Lexington, MA, entered the Railway Mail Service in 1950. He ran as a clerk and a foreman on lines from Boston to New York, Albany, Portland and Banger Maine, as well as Vermont, and later worked as a transfer clerk and a Post Office Mobile Service Analyst, until his career ended in 1980.
               
  Walter Bell mp3 link to audio | 1:04:00 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Walter Bell joined the Railway Mail Service in 1953 as a substitute. He mostly worked in the northeast region, particularly in New York. Later, he became a regular on the New York, Geneva and Buffalo lines runs until 1966, when he took a position as general manager at the regional headquarters in Washington. Mr. Bell today resides in New York with his wife.
               
  Donald Bliss mp3 link to audio | 18:59 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Bliss began his career with the Railway Mail Service as a substitute on the Chicago and Sioux City, Chicago, West Liberty and Omaha, and Chicago and Council Bluffs lines. Later in 1961, he was appointed a regular clerk on the Chicago and Council Bluffs line. After the elimination of his position in 1967, Mr. Bliss transferred to the Grand Rapids and Chicago Railway Post Office, and later the Pittsburgh and Chicago Railway Post Office.
               
  Aubrey Booth mp3 link to audio | 7:15 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Booth started his career with the Railway Post Office in 1962. His time with the RMS lasted until 1962 on the Washington and Bristol line and the Washington and Charlotte line. He currently resides in Forest, Virginia.
               
  Donald Bresland mp3 link to audio | 13:45 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Bresland, of Springfield, Vermont, worked with the Railway Mail Service from 1950 until 1957. He ran on the St. Albans and Boston line. In addition, Mr. Bresland worked in the Highway Post Office Service, running from Burlington to Albany and Newport to Springfield.
               
  James Briggs mp3 link to audio | 1:12:17 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. James Briggs started as a RMS substitute clerk in May of 1947, and became a regular within a year. He worked out of the Bay Area in California, travelling throughout the east coast on his routes. On the train, he was often in charge of all newspapers, and felt great responsibility in delivering the news to people.
               
  Allen Brown mp3 link to audio | 40:39 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Brown joined the Railway Mail Service in 1949. He began as a substitute on lines from Chicago to Cincinnati until 1952, when he obtained a regular appointment. As a regular clerk, he ran on the Detroit and Cincinnati line until he was surplused in 1967 to the Cincinnati and Chattanooga. He currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
               
  Ralph Buddin mp3 link to audio | 43:24 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Ralph Buddin, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was a regular clerk for the RMS. He would travel from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Atlanta, Georgia and Washington DC. He joined the Railway Mail Service after serving in World War II, during which he worked on the Army’s mail system.
               
  Robert Burkman mp3 link to audio | 51:00 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Robert Burkman was a regular clerk on the Burlington Railroad in Chicago, and Council Bluff’s RPO in Iowa for 10 years. He occasionally worked as a sub on different lines, traveling from Kansas City to Santa Fe. He was born in 1922 near Albia, Iowa, where he still resides today.
               
  Robert Butler mp3 link to audio | 12:50 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Butler, of Falling Waters, West Virginia, was a substitute on a number of railway lines, including the Baltimore and Cumberland, Baltimore and York, Washington and Grafton, Washington and Cincinnati, Baltimore and Washington, Philadelphia and Washington, and Washington and Chicago Railway. In 1951, he was assigned a regular position on the New York and Washington line, and made his last trip in December, 1963. He also worked with the Highway Post Offices (HPO), running on the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington HPO, as well as the Washington and Lancaster HPO. Mr. Butler later retired in 1985.
               
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  Wayne Paul Carrell mp3 link to audio | 31:04 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Wayne Carrell joined the Railway Mail Service in 1959. He began his career in Chicago’s main office but soon started working on the trains as a sub. Within a year, he became a regular on the Chicago-Omaha line, often traveling to Pittsburg as well. He was a clerk until his line was ended in 1968, but he continued to stay in touch with his colleagues. He now resides in Toledo, Illinois.
               
  Vernon Catron mp3 link to audio | 1:48 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Catron started his career with the Railway Mail Service in 1942 at the Chicago terminal. He substituted for clerks on the Louisville and Nashville Railway Post Offices, and was appointed a regular run on the Chicago and St. Louis in 1945. His time with the RMS was interrupted with a stint as a Navy draftee. Mr. Catron later returned to the Railway Post Office and continued as a regular clerk on the Nashville and St. Louis run from 1946 until 1966.
               
  Robert Coleman mp3 link to audio | 4:24 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Coleman, who now resides in Mechanicsburg, Virginia, was a clerk with the Railway Mail Service from 1961 until 1967. He ran on the Newport News and Charleston, Richmond and Lynchburg, and Washington and Florence lines, as well as others in Virginia and into the capital. Mr. Coleman also sorted mail on the Highway Post Offices.
               
  Thomas Collins mp3 link to audio | 22:33 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Collins, a resident of Deer Park, Texas, was certified as a substitute with the Railway Post Office in 1948 and became a regular later that same year. He ran on the New Orleans and Marshall, Texas line, as well as lines from New Orleans to Houston, and Montgomery to New Orleans. As a regular, Mr. Collins ran on the Baton Rouge and Houston, where he worked until 1960.
               
  Maurice Cox mp3 link to audio | 31:24 | pdf link to transcript  
  Resident of Vermont, Illinois, Mr. Cox became one of the youngest men working on the Chicago and Kansas City Railway Post Office in 1957. Soon after he got his start, he was assigned a regular position on the Chicago and Council Bluffs run. Though he was drafted into the Army in 1958, he was able to perform similar work, as he was assigned to the Army Post Office. Upon discharge, Mr. Cox worked on the Chicago and Council Bluffs line from 1960 until 1962. Mr. Cox eventually transferred when a rural route in his hometown became available.
               
  Herbert Crockett mp3 link to audio | 3:59 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Crockett, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was a Railway Post Office clerk from 1957 until 1967. During this time, he worked on the following lines: Bristol and Chattanooga, Cincinnati and Chattanooga, Chattanooga and Memphis, and Chattanooga and Meridian. He also worked as a Railway Mail transfer clerk.
               
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  Travis Daniel mp3 link to audio | 5:00 | pdf link to transcript  
  Resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Travis Daniel as a substitute clerk for the Railway Mail Service in his home state beginning in 1948 until 1952.
               
  Ira Daniels mp3 link to audio | 7:17 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Daniels ran on what he called the “Chattanooga Choo-choo,” from Bristol to Chattanooga during his time with the Railway Mail Service. He resides in Johnson City, Tennessee.
               
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  Harry Failor mp3 link to audio | 19:07 |
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  Mr. Failor joined the Railway Mail Service in 1956 as a substitute. During that time he mostly traveled from Omaha, Nebraska to Denver, Colorado. He later became a regular on the Omaha to Chicago and Omaha to Denver runs until 1968. Mr. Failor today is a resident of Omaha, Nebraska. 
               
  Richard Finch mp3 link to audio | 5:16 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Finch became a substitute with the Railway Mail. Starting in 1945, subbing on the following lines: Washington and Bristol, Lynchburg and Durham, and Roanoke and Winston-Salem. In 1948, he received a regular appointment on the Washington and Bristol run, and later transferred to the Columbus and Norfolk, until the line was removed in 1967. He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.
               
  David Foy mp3 link to audio | 3:32 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Foy, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Virginia, began his career as a substitute on the Scranton and Harrisburg line, as well as the Harrisburg and Fredericksburg Railway Post Office. He got a regular appointment on the Buffalo and Washington line in 1957, where he worked until the trains were taken off, around 1960.
               
  Robert Freeman mp3 link to audio | 33:24 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Freeman worked for the Railway Mail Service starting in 1949 as a substitute clerk on the New York and Washington run. In addition, he worked at the Pennsylvania Terminal for a large portion of his career, and also made runs with the Highway Post Offices. He resides today in Sunrise, Florida.
               
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  J.T. Gilley mp3 link to audio | 27:28 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Gilley joined the Railway Mail Service after finishing his military service. He was a regular on the Cincinnati-Chattanooga line, often traveling between Chattanooga and Bristol in Tennessee as a sub. After retiring in the 1970s, after almost 20 years of service, he stayed in touch with his fellow clerks, reuniting with them once a year along with their families.
               
  Jerry Glasco mp3 link to audio | 19:23 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Jerry Glasco was a railway mail clerk for the Illinois Central and Chicago-Memphis lines. He subbed for almost three years before being made a regular. He worked on the trains from 1958 until 1967 when his line was closed, and was given a position at the post office. He loved his job, and truly enjoyed sorting letters on the train, despite earning less than $2 per hour when he first started.  He currently live in Carbondale, Illinois, with his family.
               
  Joseph Gomez mp3 link to audio | 26:15 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Gomez, of Prospect, Connecticut, began his Railway Mail Service career 1953, he running on the Pittsfield and Stanford, Winsted and Bridgefield, Boston and Waterbury, Boston and New York, Portland and New York, Boston, Springfield and Washington, and Boston and Washington lines. He worked registered mail on all of these lines, and was a foreman on the Boston and New York run.
               
  Robert Gordon mp3 link to audio | 26:57 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Gordon joined the Railway Mail Service in 1948 on a run from Atlanta to Charlotte. From 1952 until 1966, he worked on the Charlotte and Atlanta, and continued with the Washington and Charlotte until 1968. Mr. Gordon now resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
               
  Edward Graham mp3 link to audio | 3:00 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Graham, of Bluefield, Virginia, became a substitute with the Railway Mail Service in 1949. He ran on the following lines as a substitute: Columbus and Norfolk, Bluefield and Norton, Hagerstown and Roanoke, and Washington and Bristol. He became a regular in 1962, and bid on a register run from Columbus to Norfolk, a position he held until 1968. Mr. Graham also had experience with the Highway Post Offices, running from Roanoke to Winchester, Greensboro, and Harrisonburg.
               
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  Gayle Hagy mp3 link to audio | 5:49 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Hagy is a resident of Bristol, Virginia, who joined the Railway Mail Service in 1944. His career with the RMS was only briefly interrupted in 1945 when he joined the Navy during World War II. Upon his return, Mr. Hagy worked for the Railway Mail Service until 1966. He ran on the Abingdon and West Jefferson, Washington and Bristol, Hagerstown and Roanoke, and Bluefield and Norton lines. Mr. Hagy also worked on the Highway Post Offices.
               
  Robert Hammond mp3 link to audio   25:27   pdf link to transcript  
  Now a resident of Clearwater, Florida, Mr. Hammond started his career with the Railway Mail Service in 1956, He ran on the Charlotte and Atlanta Railway Post Office until 1962.
               
  Alfred Harmon mp3 link to audio   26:23   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Harmon started subbing for the Railway Mail Service in 1945, on the Cincinnati and Nashville, Cincinnati and Chattanooga, and Cincinnati and Knoxville lines. He worked for seven years, and then was appointed to a regular from Cincinnati to Cleveland. He worked that run until 1968. Mr. Harmon currently resides in Milford, Ohio. 
               
  Richard Harvey mp3 link to audio   5:16   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Harvey started working for the Post Office, but soon put in for a Railway Mail Service. He subbed out of Washington, DC, and later got a regular appointment running from Washington to Florence, South Carolina. He resides in Goochland, Virginia.
               
  William Healey mp3 link to audio   5:40   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Healey, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, began his Railway Mail Service at a temporary emergency position after competing with fellow World War II veterans in acquiring a job. He became a regular clerk in 1949, and worked on the Boston and Albany line until 1967.
               
  James Hoffman mp3 link to audio   12:23   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Hoffman is a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and went to work for the Railway Mail Service in 1948, serving as a substitute for 17 years. His first run was on the Fort Worth and El Paso, and during his time as a substitute ran on every line in the 11th division of Texas. Mr. Hoffman bid on a regular job, the Fort Worth and Galveston, which was a very coveted run, and received the position, remaining until the line was discontinued.
               
  Charles Hurley mp3 link to audio   21:07   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Hurley joined the Railway Mail Service in 1948. He worked on the Bristol and Chattanooga line, and the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Another line Mr. Hurley serviced was a local, one man run between Bristol and Knoxville. He retired from the RMS in 1967. Today, Mr. Hurley resides in Bluff City Tennessee.
               
  Charles Hutchcraft mp3 link to audio   56:01   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Hutchcraft, of Stewardson, Illinois, is one of the younger veterans of the Railway Mail Service. He first took a job on the Railway Post Office that ran from Chicago to St. Louis. Later, he worked on the Highway Post Office from Chicago to Springfield.
               
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  Richard Jennings mp3 link to audio   5:23   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Jennings started in the Railway Mail Service as a substitute in 1946. Later that year he became a regular, running out of Boston. His main runs were on the Boston and Albany Railway Post Office, from 1950 to 1952, and Boston and New York Railway Post Office, from 1952 to 1970. Mr. Jennings lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
               
  Milton Johnson mp3 link to audio   4:37   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Johnson took a position with the Railway Mail Service in 1947. He subbed on the Chicago Gilman and St. Louis, Chicago Decater and St. Louis, and Chicago Springfield and St. Louis lines. After two years, he made became a fulltime clerk, and held a position on the Chicago and St. Louis run. Mr. Johnson is a resident of Centerville, Ohio.
               
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  Jack Karrick mp3 link to audio   2:31   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Karrick, of Florence, Kentucky, joined a history of family members that worked for the Railway Mail Service. His father was a clerk for over 30 years, from 1906 until 1941, on the Cincinnati and Knoxville line. In 1946, Jack obtained a substitute position in Cincinnati. He ran on the Lexington and Fleming, Cincinnati and Knoxville, and Cincinnati and Nashville lines. Three years later he became a regular on the Washington and Cincinnati Railway Post Office, and transferred to the Cincinnati and Knoxville Railway line until the train was discontinued.
               
  William Keough mp3 link to audio   1:41   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Keough’s Railway Mail Service career began in 1949, with a run from Boston to Hyannis. Three years later, he became a regular and ran on the Boston and Albany line until the 1960s. He also spent time in the Boston Terminal as a transfer clerk, and worked many fill trips on the Boston and New York and Boston and Troy. Mr. Keough now resides in Medford, Massachusetts.
               
  Ron Kesterson mp3 link to audio   26:33   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Ron Kesterson joined the RMS as a sub in 1962, traveling to Minneapolis, Detroit, and Memphis among others. He became a regular on the Chicago-Gilman and St. Louis Railway Post Office, and would often work in the newspaper division of the mailcar. He currently lives in Altamont, Illinois.
               
  Joseph Kitts mp3 link to audio   7:51   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Kitts, of Christiansburg, Virginia, began his postal career in 1957, at the terminal in Washington, DC. He subbed on many lines out of DC, including the Washington and Bristol, Washington and Charlotte, Washington and Cincinnati, Columbus and Norfolk, Hagerstown and Roanoke, and Roanoke and Winston-Salem. Later, he took regular assignments on the Washington and Bristol line, and the Washington and Grafton line until 1967.
               
  Ernest Kruis mp3 link to audio   3:07   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Kruis is from Altoona, Pennsylvania. As a RPO clerk, he worked on lines out of Pittsburgh, from Pittsburgh to New York and from Pittsburgh to Chicago.
               
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  Gerald Lange mp3 link to audio   4:25   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Lange began to work for the Railway Mail Service in St. Paul, in 1956. He bid on the Chicago and St. Paul run and got the job, which he worked until he was surplused in 1959. Then, for a few months in 1960 he sorted mail on the Highway Post Offices, running from Madison to Eau Claire, but soon returned to the Railway Mail Service. He made several trips out of Kansas City, Missouri, and went on a Chicago-Savannah-Minneapolis run, Chicago to Sioux City, and Chicago to Owen. Two years later Mr. Lange was surplused onto the Chicago and Council Bluffs line, where he remained until 1967. He resides in Portage, Wisconsin.
               
  Kenneth Leidy Family mp3 link to audio   6:12   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Leidy began working for the Railway Mail Service in the depths of the Depression, the early 1930s. He only took leave to join the Navy during World War II, later returning to the service working the New York and Pittsburgh runs. Amid the construction of this website, Mr. Leidy passed away in 2009. His story was provided through the memories of his wife and two daughters.
               
  Edward Levy mp3 link to audio   5:30   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Levy started his career in 1947 working in Buffalo, New York. Later, he moved to the West Side terminal in New York City. In 1949, he was appointed to the Boston, Springfield and New York line, where he worked until 1968. Mr. Levy resides in Tamarac, Florida.
               
  Lawrence Lewis mp3 link to audio   4:30   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Lewis joined the Railway Mail Service in 1953 as a sub on the Abingdon and Jefferson Railway Post Office. He also worked a local from Bristol to Roanoke, and had a regular assignment on the Washington and Bristol line. He has experience on the Highway Post Offices, as well; he ran out of Bristol to Welch, West Virginia, and Pikeville, Kentucky. Mr. Lewis today resides in Damascus, Virginia.
               
  Audrey Lilly mp3 link to audio   24:39   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Audrey Lilly started working as a RPO substitute clerk in 1936. When he became a regular, his route took him from Bluefield, West Virginia to Cincinnati, but he frequently travelled to Washington DC as well. His main responsibility while on the train was working with registered mail. Mr. Audrey Wilson passed away in 1967.
               
  John Liszewski mp3 link to audio   14:17   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Liszewski, of Dubois, Illinois, started his Railway Mail Service career as a sub on the Chicago and Memphis line. He eventually became a regular on the Carbondale and Chicago line. Mr. Liszewski retired from the RMS in 1967.
               
  J. Greg Lowell mp3 link to audio   58:53   pdf link to transcript  
  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Lowell started working out of Chicago for the Railway Mail Service in 1959. The main lines out of his terminal ran to Kansas City and Port Huron, but he subbed on several lines while awaiting regular assignment. He ran from Chicago to Buffalo, New York City, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Evansville, Memphis, St. Louis, Omaha, Council Bluffs, Dodge, Iron Mountain, and Grand Rapids, until 1966.
               
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  Darrell Mack mp3 link to audio   44:53   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Darrell Mack was a railway mail clerk on the Chicago and Council Bluffs RPO, also known as the CB&Q Railroad. Before becoming a regular clerk, Mr. Mack subbed on several lines, travelling between Iowa, California, Nebraska, Kansas and Milwaukee. Once a regular, he mostly stayed on the Rock Island Line, running from Chicago to Omaha. Mr. Mack was a clerk for 14 years, until the service ended. His career choice was inspired by his father, who was a RMS clerk as well.
               
  William Maurer mp3 link to audio   31:02   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Maurer, of Columbus, Georgia, worked with the Railway Mail Service starting in the early 1960’s for seven or eight years. He ran out of Atlanta, on the Nashville and Atlanta line, and the Charleston and Atlanta line.
               
  Walter McDermott mp3 link to audio   12:36   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. McDermott, of Princeton, Indiana, started as a substitute for the Railway Mail Service in 1940, only to be drafted into the Army in 1941. After the war, Mr. McDermott returned to the Railway Mail Service, running on the Cincinnati and St. Louis line for several years, and then the Chicago and Evansville line. He worked on the Highway Post Offices as well, between Evansville and Indianapolis. Mr. McDermott passed away on June 25, 2009.
               
  Douglas Meredith mp3 link to audio   5:45   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Meredith entered the Railway Mail Service in 1958 after working on the Highway Post Offices from Bristol to Pikeville, Kentucky and Welch, West Virginia, and at the Washington, DC terminal. He joined the Railway Post Office running from Washington to Bristol for several years, and later on the Washington and Charlotte, and Washington and Grafton until the late 1960’s. Mr. Meredith currently resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
               
  Donald Miller mp3 link to audio   5:17   pdf link to transcript  
  The Railway Mail Service was a family tradition for Mr. Miller; both his father and uncle were mail clerks. Mr. Miller got his own start with the Railway Mail Service in 1948, on a one to two man run on the Pittsburgh to Kenova, West Virginia, until it was cancelled in 1953. From 1953 to 1968, he ran on the line from Pittsburgh to New York. Mr. Miller lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
               
  Otho Mitterer mp3 link to audio   3:33   pdf link to transcript  
  Following in footsteps of his father, Mr. Mitterer decided to become a mail clerk and joined the Railway Mail Service. He worked on the Atlantic Coastline Railroad from 1948 to 1967, generally running between Washington and Florence, South Carolina. Mr. Mitterer is a resident of Mechanicsburg, Virginia.
               
  Paul Moberg mp3 link to audio   19:17   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Moberg, of James Creek, Pennsylvania, began to work for the Post Office before his military service, on a local line on the Huntingdon & Broadtop Railroad, from 1948 until 1949. Upon discharge, he returned to the Railway Mail Service, picking up his former run, as well as the Altoona and Williamsport line. He was surplused in 1967.
               
  Daniel Moore mp3 link to audio   53:38   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Moore began his career with the Railway Mail Service in 1957. He started at the terminal in Washington, DC, eventually moving to the Grafton and Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Nashville, and Grafton and Athens lines until 1966, when he transferred to the Grafton Post Office. Mr. Moore is currently a resident of Grafton, West Virginia.
               
  Harold Morgan mp3 link to audio   26:17   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Harold Morgan joined the Railway Mail Service, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law who was a RPO clerk. Mr. Morgan subbed for 14 years, travelling mainly on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroads. As a sub, he was able to work every position on the mail car, from being in charge to sorting letters.
               
  Edward Mulrenan, Jr. mp3 link to audio   22:46   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Edward Mulrenan became a RPO clerk in 1947, and remained in the service until it was discontinued. Although he was a regular clerk, he chose to switch his routes every few years and thus live and travel throughout the northeast region of the country, as well as Canada. When the Railway Mail Service ended in 1970, Mr. Mulrenan took a position in the Bridgeport Post Office in Connecticut, where he worked for 22 years.
               
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  Jack Nally mp3 link to audio   4:55   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Nally is currently a resident of Smyrna, Georgia.  After joining the Railway Mail Service, he ran out of Atlanta, Georgia and all across southeastern cities such as Jacksonville, Florida, Hamlet, North Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Montgomery, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama. His time with the Railway Mail Service ended 1961.
               
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  Fred Olds mp3 link to audio   48:56   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Fred Olds became a railway postal clerk on the St. Louis Railway Post Office after completing his military service. He ran on the night trains as a junior clerk, travelling St. Louis to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He joined the RMS in 1958, and stayed on until his line was terminated in 1967. He currently resides in northern Illinois with his family.
               
  Glenn Olson mp3 link to audio   5:41   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Olson began his career with the Railway Mail Service in 1949 at the Chicago Railway Post Office terminal as a substitute. In 1952, he received his first regular assignment on the Chicago and St. Paul line, and in 1961 ran on the Chicago and Minneapolis line. Mr. Olson left the Railway Mail Service in 1967, and currently resides in Palatine, Illinois.
               
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  Johnnie Page mp3 link to audio   10:05   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Page, of Decatur, Georgia, entered the Railway Mail Service in 1948 after his military service in World War II. He subbed for six and a half years out of Atlanta, including: Atlanta-Valley-Jacksonville, Atlanta and Jacksonville, Atlanta and Savannah, Atlanta and Montgomery, Chattanooga and Atlanta, Charleston and Atlanta, Knoxville and Atlanta, and Cincinnati and Knoxville. He also made several Highway Post Office trips, on the Tennille and Dublin, Cuthberton and Tallahassee, Columbus and Andalusia, Porterdale and Macon, Savannah and Tennille, and Savannah and Cordale. Mr. Page made regular on the Atlanta and Jacksonville, and worked that line from 1955 to 1958, later working the Atlanta-Way-of-Jacksonville line until 1967.
               
  Alexander Patterson mp3 link to audio   49:19   pdf link to transcript  
  Patterson is a native of Chicago, Illinois. After returning from his service in World War II, joined the Railway Mail Service. He had several runs, including: Pittsburgh and Chicago, Washington and Chicago, Chicago and Omaha, Chicago West Liberty and Omaha, Chicago and Minneapolis, Chicago and Cincinnati, Chicago Fort Madison and Kansas City, and Cleveland and Chicago.
               
  Charles Patton mp3 link to audio   5:28   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Patton resides in Hillsboro, Alabama. He is a World War II veteran, and began his Railway Mail Service career after the war. He had a total of 10 years of service on the road, and he ran on several lines, including: New York and Washington, Washington and Chicago, Columbus and Chicago, Chicago and Cincinnati, Chicago and Louisville, Chicago and Evansville, Chicago and Minneapolis, Chicago West Liberty and Omaha, Chicago and Omaha, Chicago and Council Bluffs, Pittsburgh and Chicago, New York and Chicago, and Chicago Fort Madison and Kansas City. He was a regular on the Chicago and Pittsburgh line.
               
  Donald Peters mp3 link to audio   2:23   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Peters, was a substitute on Railway Post Office and Highway Post Office lines, from 1960 to 1971. His main runs were out of Pittsburgh to New York, Chicago, Washington, and St. Louis, and he turned down a regular appointment because he made more money as a substitute. Mr. Peters is currently a resident of Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
               
  Jack Poling mp3 link to audio   16:01   pdf link to transcript  
  Jack Poling first took the civil service exam in 1954 to work for the Railway Mail Service. He started out his career at the National Airport in Washington, DC, but soon transferred to Cincinnati, where he subbed and eventually became a regular. Mr. Poling went from Cincinnati to Cleveland, Chicago, and Nashville until 1969 when his line was discontinued. Mr. Poling now resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.
               
  George Price mp3 link to audio   5:29   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Price is a native of Wichita, Kansas. His work with the Railway Post Office began at the Wichita Station. He was assigned to the Newton and Amarillo run as a sub in 1956, and made regular on that same line in 1958. He stayed on the Newton and Amarillo until it was discontinued in 1967.
               
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  Darwin Rawson mp3 link to audio   4:27   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Rawson resides in Santa Rosa, California. He transferred from the Council Bluffs Post Office to the Railway Mail Service in 1957. He worked on the Chicago and Council Bluffs line until 1967, when he was surplused to the Santa Rosa Post Office, where he eventually retired.
               
  Benjamin Roberts mp3 link to audio   12:44   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Roberts, is a resident of Ludlow, Kentucky. He was discharged from the military after World War II in 1945, and took the Railway Mail Service exam in 1946. He was called to work the following year. He ran on the Washington and Cincinnati line for 20 years, until the train was cut off in 1967. In 1968, he ran on the Cincinnati and St. Louis, and the Grafton and Cincinnati; he was the clerk in charge on the last trip of the Railway Post Office into Cincinnati.
               
  John Robertson mp3 link to audio   19:03   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. John Robertson joined the Railway Mail Service soon after getting out of the army. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and dedicated nearly 40 years of his life to a career in the postal service. He worked as a substitute and a regular, and as both, running all over the state of Florida.  He retired at the age of 58 and continues to reside in Florida.
               
  Carl Robinson mp3 link to audio   27:38   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Robinson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, worked for the Railway Mail Service from 1958 until 1967, working out of his hometown of Cincinnati. He ran on the following Railway Post Office lines: Washington and Cincinnati, Cincinnati and St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati, and Norfolk and Cincinnati. He also had experience on the Highway Post Office; he ran the Park and Hunt line, and the Fort Wayne and Cincinnati line.
               
  Joseph Rochelle mp3 link to audio   31:36   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Rochelle resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a veteran of World War II, and when he finished his military service he started as a substitute with the Railway Mail Service, going wherever and whenever he was told. By 1949, he had a regular appointment, running from Nashville to St. Louis. His Railway Mail career ended in 1966, when the Post Office began to discontinue the service.
               
  Cortie Rolison mp3 link to audio   21:52   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Cortie Rolison started his career in the RMS as a sub, working his way up as a regular clerk, eventually becoming clerk-in-charge. He joined in 1955 at the recommendation of a friend, and frequently travelled between Omaha and Chicago on his routes. Mr. Rolison remained in the service until 1967, when his route was ended.
               
  Edward Rountree mp3 link to audio   26:06   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Rountree still lives in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Starting as a substitute in 1948, he ran out of Jacksonville. In 1953, he received his first regular appointment, at the Airmail Facility in Jacksonville. Two years later, he started on the Florence and Jacksonville Railway Post Office, and by 1957 he transferred to the Jacksonville, Ocala and St. Petersburg Railway Post Office, where he stayed until the end of the Railway Mail Service in Florida in 1966.
               
  Jack Ruben mp3 link to audio   25:03   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Jack Ruben joined the Railway Mail Service as a substitute, travelling traveled between New York and Buffalo on the New York and Chic line. After 14 years of subbing, he was promoted to supervisor. He typically worked on a 60-foot car, sorting letters, handling registered mail, and unloading packages. Mr. Ruben retired in 1962.
               
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  Irving Schneider mp3 link to audio   17:44   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Schneider’s Railway Mail Service career began in 1943, but was put on temporary hold for military service in World War II. By 1946, Mr. Schneider returned from the war and went back to work for the Post Office. For nine years, he worked several jobs at the West Side Terminal in New York City, the terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Airmail facility at LaGuardia and Idlewild airports. In 1955, he transferred to the New York and Chicago Eastern Division Railway Post Office as a regular clerk and in 1966 moved into the Mobile Unit Office as a Trip Account Clerk, in charge of payroll. Mr. Schneider now resides in Tamarac, Florida.
               
   
  Russell Schofield mp3 link to audio   10:35   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Schofield went to work for the Railway Mail Service in 1956. He worked until 1957, when he got his first Railway Post Office assignment on the Chicago and St. Louis run. Mr. Schofield resides in Winchester, Illinois today.
               
  John Sipko mp3 link to audio   3:18   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Sipko started off as a substitute for the Railway Mail Service in 1948, running on many local trains out of Pittsburgh, as well as the Pittsburgh and Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, and Pittsburgh and Cleveland lines. By 1950, he had a regular assignment on the New York and Pittsburgh Railway Post Office, where he remained for close to 20 years. At this point, the Post Office began to eliminate runs, and Mr. Sipko transferred to the Highway Post Offices, running from Pittsburgh to Bradford, until eventually assigned to the Post Office in Johnstown. Mr. Sipko now lives his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
               
  Robert Slack mp3 link to audio   9:58   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Slack has dedicated over fifty years of his life to the Post Office. When he was working for the Postal Transportation Service, he made runs as a temporary employee on the Railway Mail Service starting in 1961. He ran out of Washington, DC, to Florence, South Carolina and Hamlet, North Carolina. His career was interrupted when Mr. Slack joined the army and fought in the Vietnam War, but upon his return in 1965, Mr. Slack earned a regular run on the Washington and Hamlet line. Unfortunately, that run was removed three years later. Mr. Slack today lives in Washington, D.C.
               
  Richard Spies mp3 link to audio   9:02   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Spies joined the Railway Mail Service in 1949. He was appointed to the San Antonio district of the Railway Mail Service. His substitute student runs included the San Antonio and Laredo, and Houston and San Antonio lines. He also made many fill-in runs on the following lines: San Antonio and El Paso, Longview and San Antonio, Houston and Austin, and the Wako and Yoakum Highway Post Office. In 1952, Mr. Spies got a regular assignment on the Skidmore and McAllen Railway Post Office. In his time with the post office, he made several other Highway Post Office runs, and also worked at a transit mail office in San Antonio for cross-country mail going to Los Angeles, California. Today, Mr. Spies is a resident of San Antonio, Texas.
               
  Darryl Stustny mp3 link to audio   19:56   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Darryl Stustny followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a RMS clerk shortly after completing his military service. As a regular, he worked on the Omaha-Burlington and Omaha-Denver lines, among others. He joined the Railway Mail Service in 1950 and worked on the trains for 17 years until the RMS closed. After 1967, he took a position in a post office terminal, where he remained until retiring in 1984. He still resides in Omaha with his family.
               
  James Stustny mp3 link to audio   19:02   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. James Stustny worked in the Railway Mail Service for almost two years in the 1940s. Previously, he had been an engineer, working in Washington DC through the Great Depression. All three of his sons pursued careers in the Postal Service. Mr. James Stustny passed away shortly after is 74th birthday.
               
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  Charles Thompson mp3 link to audio   1:37   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Thompson, of Renick, West Virginia, first went to work for the Railway Mail Service in 1954 at the Washington, DC terminal, running between New York and Washington. Eventually, Mr. Thompson transferred to District 2 as a substitute and ran from Washington to Charlotte, Cincinnati, Hamlet, Florence, and Bristol. His first regular job was from Washington to Cincinnati, West District, and he later worked the East District until the run was discontinued in 1968. He also worked on the Highway Post Office, between Washington and Harrisonburg.
               
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  Albert Veirs mp3 link to audio   32:56   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Albert Veirs joined the Railway Mail Service in 1951. He worked out of Chicago, running to Sioux City and Algona as a sub, and moving on to Washington-Chicago line as regular. He now resides in Deshler, Ohio with his family.
               
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  Wallace Waldman mp3 link to audio   21:28   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Wally Waldman was a substitute clerk for the Railway Mail Service, running from Chicago to Omaha and Marion, Iowa. As a regular, he worked mainly between Chicago and Memphis, usually as a distribution clerk. Mr. Waldman worked on the trains until the RMS closed, and now resides near Du Bois, Illinois with his family.
               
  Leroy Ward mp3 link to audio   33:35   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Leroy Ward joined the RMS as a sub in 1951, travelling from Indianapolis to Cleveland, St. Louis, and Chicago. When he became a regular clerk, he ran between Chicago and Memphis. Mr. Ward worked on the trains until the RMS closed, and went on to work in the Highway Post Office out of Carbondale, Illinois.
               
  Jerry Watson mp3 link to audio   26:25   pdf link to transcript  
 

Mr. Jerry Watson was a RMS clerk for 12 years, starting as a substitute and running between Chicago and Evansville, Illinois (CE&I line) and between Chicago and St. Louis (GM&O line). Once he became a regular, his shifts were typically 11-12 hours long. Mr. Watson worked exclusively on the Illinois Central line as a regular clerk, until 1967 when the service closed.

               
  Cecil Watts mp3 link to audio   37:49   pdf link to transcript  
  Cecil T. Watts began his career with the Post Office as a teenager, working as a letter carrier and at an airmail field before settling in the Railway Mail Service. As a clerk, he traveled between Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, working on the Council Bluffs line and the “Chic, Rich and Cin” line—Chicago, Richmond, Cincinnati, until 1967. When the RMS closed, he moved to the Minneapolis post office.
               
  Edward West mp3 link to audio   2:27   pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. West started his career in the Post Office, but soon transferred to the railroad tracks. He was a Railway Mail clerk on the Chattanooga and Memphis line from 1960 until 1966, when the train was taken off.  Mr. West currently resides in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.
               
  Kenneth Wilson mp3 link to audio | 3:17 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Wilson first worked as a substitute for the Railway Mail Service. He ran on the Omaha and Ogden, Omaha and Denver, Omaha and Colorado Springs, Chicago and Council Bluffs, Chicago, Marion and Omaha, Chicago West Liberty and Omaha, and Omaha and Kansas City. He also ran on the Mason City and Omaha Highway Post Office, but he preferred the Railway Post Office, where there was more room to work. After his retirement, Mr. Wilson established his own museum in honor of the Railway Mail Service. He currently resides in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
               
  Francis Wolf mp3 link to audio | 31:21 | pdf link to transcript  
  Francis Wolf worked as a Railway Post Office clerk beginning in the 1920s. His family, including son Max, lived in the Port Trevorton, PA area while Francis worked on the train cars. Max notes his father’s pride in his job and of the Railway Mail Service. Francis Wolf passed away while on the job in 1944.
               
  Max Wolf mp3 link to audio | 28:56 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Wolf, of Liverpool, Pennsylvania, worked as a substitute in 1952 in the Pittsburgh Terminal, transferring to the Harrisburg Terminal a year later. There he had assignments in the transfer office, and on the Allentown and Harrisburg Railway Post Office, and the Baltimore and Washington Railway Post Office. Mr. Wolf had several regular assignments as well. In 1956, he started out on the Renova and Erie run, and a year later transferred to the Baltimore and Washington run. He was transferred in 1966 to the New York and Pittsburgh line, which discontinued in 1967.
               
  Richard Wood mp3 link to audio | 4:27 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Wood is a resident of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. In 1948, he began as a substitute for the Railway Mail Service until his first regular assignment in 1951. He ran between St. Albans and Boston from 1951 until 1953, and then the Newport and Springfield line from Newport and Springfield until 1969. Mr. Wood also worked on the Highway Post Office on the Newport and Springfield run.
               
  Elvin Woolston mp3 link to audio | 13:36 | pdf link to transcript  
  Mr. Woolston started as a substitute out of Kansas City, Missouri, running on the Kansas City and Memphis line in 1957. He worked for the Railway Mail service until 1968. Mr. Woolston now resides in Harrison, Arkansas.
               
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