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March 2, 2013

Remembering when the post office came to town

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It was a pleasure to see the newly constructed and centrally located post offices. When completed, new staff people (many of whom were war veterans) were hired to operate each new post office across the country.

So, cheers go to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the CCC youth — the youth of our country — our boys who worked hard for minimum wages — $25 dollars a month, which went directly to each boy’s family.

Dear readers, as you visit your post office, admire its architecture and appreciate its construction, purpose, function and central location. It still retains the beauty of its original construction. It has served the public well ever since 1936. May it continue to do so!

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John Lagoulis is a columnist for The Daily News. He writes about life in Newburyport the way he lived it during the early 1900s. He has authored two volumes titled “Newburyport: As I Lived It! The Trials & Tribulations of a Young Wharf Rat during the Early 1900s in Massachusetts,” which are available in local bookshops and stores. You may reach him by e-mail at wharfrat01@att.net or visit www.NewburyportWharfRat.com or www.JohnLagoulis.com.

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