Success! Postmaster Howden’s hard work paid off, as announced in the July 13, 1900 Skidmore Standard (page 1, of course):
Rural Mail Delivery.
Two Routes Established From Skidmore.
Another One Soon.
Postmaster T. L. Howden has been the busiest and also the happiest man in Skidmore the past week. His earnest, persistent, labors since last fall to secure rural free mail delivery for the farmers in this corner of the world has at last been crowned with success – much greater success than he ever hoped for even in his fondest anticipations. To have two of his routes established at once, and the promise that the third one soon will be is certainly a rich reward. It is all he asked for. In other words, it is the whole hog. So why shouldn’t he be happy!
Last fall when Mr. Howden mapped out the three routes, he was not certain that any one of them would be granted; but he hoped to get one out of the three. But working on the principle that nothing comes without asking for it, he boldly presented his claims and insisted on having them recognized.
Last Friday, S. B. Rathbone, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, special rural mail delivery agent for this state, was in town and went over the route east and southeast. The following day he, in company with Mr. Howden, drove over the west route, and so well was he pleased with the results of his inspection that he immediately sent in his recommendation to the department at Washington that both routes be granted.
As it all depends on Mr. Rathbone’s recommendation the matter is absolutely settled, and we are as sure of the routes as if they were a present reality. Indeed, it will be only about two weeks until the carriers will be leaving Skidmore with mail matter to be distributed at the very doors of the farmers living along these routes.
The third route, northeast, will probably be also granted within one or two months. Mr. Rathbone said that he could not give us more than two routes now, but he promised postmaster Howden to return in a short time to inspect route No. 3.
O. F. Hutchison was appointed carrier over the west route, and Fred Shell was appointed to a like position on the other route. Each carrier will receive a salary of $500 per year. They will make one trip each day, starting from the post office about 8:30 o’clock a.m. and return before the arrival of the 6:40 train in the evening.
The east route: Leaving the postoffice at Skidmore, the carrier will go 1/2 mile east; south _ 1/4 miles; east 1/2; south 1 1/4; east _ 1/4; north, 1/2; east 1 1/4; north, 1/4; east, 1; south, 1/4; east, 1; south, 1; east, 1, south, 1; east, 1; north, 3; west 2; north, 3/4; west, 1; north, 1/4; thence west 4 1/2 to the postoffice. Total 24 1/2 miles.
The west route: The carrier will go west, 4 miles; thence north, 2; west, 3; south, 1; east, __; south, 2; east 1; south, 2; east __; north, 3 to Skidmore. Total 24 miles.
[Note: The edge of the paper was cut off, so some numbers were illegible. We trust the carriers knew the way.]