The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Oklahoma Postal History Society is Tuesday evening, April 13, 2010. As has become our habit, a casual dinner meeting starting at 6:30 PM at Johnnies Charcoal Broiler Restaurant, 33 SE 33rd Street in Edmond will be followed by an informal meeting at Prince Engineering Center 2nd floor Computer Lab at Oklahoma Christian University. For details on these events contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plan is to meet at Johnnies restaurant and enjoy some social time together and then caravan over to nearby Ralph DeBoard’s Computer Lab at Oklahoma Christian University.
BradyHunt and Joe Crosby came up with the “theme” for this month’s meeting -
————— Oklahoma RFD’s —————
To get the juices flowing here is some basic information:
The Postal Service established free delivery of mail to rural areas in 1896. Oklahoma’s first rural route began serving customers on August 15, 1900 in Hennessey, Oklahoma. According to the Hennessey Clipper newspaper, Albert Darrow was the first Oklahoma Rural Carrier; his route was 24 miles long and covered a 31 square mile area with a population of 700. Darrow provided his own transportation, a horse and wagon and received an annual income of $500.
According to the Report of the First Assistant PMG for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1900 p. 151 this Hennessey RFD Route had l carrier traveling 25 miles.
Also, Bernie Mayer recently discovered the following available online from the USPS:
First Oklahoma RFD
Take a look at this listing and compare what you learn with what you own.
Please bring ALL of your HENNESSEY RFD covers and cards to the meeting and donate them to Joe Crosby’s collection. Seriously, Please bring any Oklahoma RFD material you have to share with the group, hand cancels, pencil and other manuscript cancels, down-to-road items, corner cards, old RFD wagons, ANYTHING.
Oh, yes, the historian of the USPS tells us that the maps for RFD routes (nationwide) were all destroyed during the late depression era, to save money since the archives were getting too full and there were no funds for expansion. So, if you happen to have THE Oklahoma RFD route map in your personal archive, please share that with the group as well.
See you there !