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Fred Lynch

Highway Post Office Bus

Posted Monday, January 16, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 27, 1958 Southeast Missourian

This highway post office bus was photographed as it reached the post office in Cape Girardeau. From the left are Archie Reid, assistant postmaster; Ira Bradshaw of Springfield, clerk on the truck; T.R. Regenhardt, Cape postmaster; Harlan Short, postmaster at Jackson; Bob Clark of Springfield, truck driver; Bern Looney, Norman Cornman, Ellis Thomure and Garnet Sanders, local postal employes. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Oct. 23, 1958 Southeast Missourian

4 Vehicles Will Expedite Mail In, Out of Cape

2 Rolling Postoffices, 2 Trucks Will Start Operations Monday

Postmaster Ted Regenhardt announced today that two highway postoffices and two tractor-trailer trucks will expedite mail service into and out of Cape Girardeau beginning Monday upon the cessation of service by Frisco night passenger trains 805 and 806.

The rolling postoffices will operate out of both St. Louis and Memphis, meeting at Sikeston, a turn-round point. They will be equipped similar to railway mail cars, with clerks riding the route and making up the mail as the rolling postoffices travel the highways.

The tractor-trailer trucks will move through from St. Louis to Memphis and from Memphis to St. Louis, the postmaster said, receiving pouches at the various stops on the way.

He and Assistant Postmaster Archie Reid reported that existing star route times and service will continue without change.

Under the new schedule, postal patrons who have northbound mail must have it posted in the postoffice by 5 p.m. to catch the new northbound highway postoffice. Mail posted in the postoffice between 5 and 5:45 p.m. will continue to be placed aboard the northbound star route truck for St. Louis leaving here at 6:30 o'clock.

Mail placed in the postoffice for northbound delivery after 6 p.m. must be posted before 10 o'clock if it is to meet the next night truck, they reported.

The Frisco Transportation Co. will operate the highway postoffices and the trucks.

Here is a previous blog about the old post office.

This previous blog tells about the 3-wheeled mailsters in Cape Girardeau.


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  • Well, there you go, problem solved, and not too soon either. 1958

    And we thought closing the Cape post office distribution was going to be a big deal.

    It's amazing the problems that can be solved if we just look at history.

    -- Posted by johnlaw484c on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 7:47 AM
  • I live a couple of miles from the main Post Office facility in West Palm Beach. While I was watching their 18-wheelers pulling out for Jacksonville to the north and Miami to the south, I thought about those old rolling post offices.

    Since I-55 hadn't been built yet, they had plenty of time to sort the mail while making that long haul to St. Louis.

    When did they pull the plug on the service?

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 11:14 AM
  • A comment in Speak Out reminded me of this.

    Here's a photo of a birthday card that was delivered to me in Mountain View when I was three years old:


    It didn't have a street address, a city, state or Zip Code. It wasn't even addressed to my parents. It's addressed to a three-year-old living in a house trailer. And it cost just a penny to be delivered.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 12:00 PM
  • The two HPO opeerations were quietly discontinued on October 18, 1968. That is just short of their 10th anniversary. No replacement HPO runs were established, with mail processing going into area Sectional Center Facilities (SCF's)

    -- Posted by Will K. on Sun, Feb 5, 2012, at 12:00 PM