Marylanders who wished to be considered to deliver U.S. mail in the state, effective January 1st, 1840, through June 30th, 1844, were advised though newspaper publication of the available routes, some of which included mail stops along the way. Some of the Eastern Shore routes were given as follows:
Leave Cambridge every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 a.m., arrive at Snow Hill next day by 4 p.m. Leave Snow Hill every Monday and Thursday at 6 a.m., arrive in Cambridge next day by 4 p.m.
Leave Princess Anne every Wednesday at 6 a.m., arrive at Rehoboth (Rehobeth) same day by 11 a.m. Leave Rehoboth (Rehobeth) every Wednesday at 1p.m., arrive in Princess Anne same day by 6 p.m.
Leave Salisbury every Thursday at 8 a.m., arrive in Berlin same day by 6 p.m. Leave Berlin every Friday at 6 a.m., arrive in Salisbury same day by 4 p.m.
In his book on the history of Pocomoke City (formerly New Town) through 1882, the Rev. James Murray wrote:
The post office, in the early history of New Town, was a very small affair, so small, indeed, that I have the impression that there was no pay for transmission of the mail from Snow Hill to New Town, as that was, then, the mail route. I am indorsed in this declaration by the fact that it was transmitted by individual citizens when they would go to Snow Hill, on business, on public days. As early as 1820, Michael Murray, my father, was post- master for New Town. When other means of getting: the mail would fail, my father would send my two oldest brothers, each one on horseback, to Snow Hill for the mail. After these two brothers went to Baltimore to learn a trade, this duty at times fell upon my two next older brothers and myself. The mail was due at New Town once a week, and sometimes it would lay in the office at Snow Hill two weeks for the want of a carrier. In such emergencies, my father would say to us: "Boys, you must take the canoe," for then we had no horse, ''and go to Snow Hill for the mail." At that period I do not think I was more than eight years of age.
(The Evening Democrat- Warren, Pa.)
Mrs M.H. Evans, of Wattsville, Va., has carried the mail between Wattsville and Temperanceville, eighteen miles, for the last six years.
Changes in some Maryland postmaster salaries were to be implemented based on post office business during the past fiscal year. The annual salary would go from $1,600 to $1,700 in Pocomoke; $1,500 to $1,600 in Snow Hill, and from $1,700 to $1,800 in Crisfield.
(LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentenel- LeMars, Iowa)
94-Year-Old Mail Carrier Drives Auto Over Route
Onancock, Va.- Elija Miles of Modest Town has just celebrated his 94th birthday. He has been carrying the mail from Bloxom to Modest Town for 28 years, making two trips a day. When he first began he walked, carrying the mail on his back. Now Mr. Miles usually drives an automobile. Mr. Miles reads his paper regularly and does not wear glasses.
(In other news)
Richard L. Bunting, 33 of Pocomoke, was appointed vice president of William B. Tilghman Company and manager of the Pocomoke City branch. He taught Agriculture at the high school in Atlantic, Va. prior to joining The Tilghman Company in 1955. The company was celebrating its 100th anniversary, founded in 1863 in Salisbury as Humphreys And Tilghman.
Pocomoke City mayor J. Dawson Clarke was named new president of the Lower Eastern Shore Mayors Association. Mayor Clarke was a charter member of the Association which was comprised of mayors representing Salisbury, Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill, Princess Anne, Crisfield, Delmar (both Maryland and Delaware), Laurel, Seaford, Lewes, Federalsburg, and Chincoteague in addition to Pocomoke City.
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