Rural post office to be stamped out

January 28, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail ever kept faithful Middleburg residents from their post office in Carroll County.

"Going to the post office was how we found out what was going on in town, who was moving in or out, who was sick, who got married," said Maude Rentzel, who has lived for 72 of her 85 years in Middleburg. "Without the post office, we would never gotten to know the people in town."

But the days for getting a postmark from here are few.

On Feb. 6, Middleburg joins Detour and Linwood as small Carroll towns that have lost post offices for economic reasons.

All three offices -- which date to at least 1887, when there were 73 Carroll post offices -- were slated for closing when the U.S. Postal Service saw that $100,000 a year could be saved.

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