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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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.POST OFFICE
The first settlers of Suring had to travel to Hayes to get their mail which was carried there from Lena by Fred Guehlker, who drove a mule team. Before this regular mail service was established between Lena and Hayes, the residents of Suring and Hayes had gotten their mail from Oconto. They hired Mr. Weinholt once a month to go to Oconto to get it for them. Later it was twice a month.
After the railroad was built through Suring. the mail was brought this far by train and then hauled to the post office at Hayes by team. The men who drove the mail stage at that time were Levi Scott, father of Mrs. R.M. Stengel. and Herman Kolberg, father of Mrs. Otto Hischke.
The Hayes post office was located in the Weinholt home first, then later moved to the John Holl store.
It was not until about a year after the building of the railroad through the Village of Suring that a post office was established here. The first post office was located in the Anton Arveson store, now "Little Chummy's Bar". This building was erected by Mr. Arveson in 1897.
Anton Arveson was Suring's first postmaster. He was appointed to that position on November 27, 1897 and on December 4th he took the oath of office. Postmaster General James A. Gray signed his commission on December 11,1897.
Mr. Arveson operated the post office in connection with • store business until he sold his place of business to John Kaufrnann who then became a postmaster. Mr. Kaufmann moved the post office out of the store building in 1905. to its new quarters which was a little building which had been used as a doctor's office located east of the Arveson store. Miss Cora Raymond was then hired as the
first postal clerk. Succeeding Miss Raymond as postal clerk was Miss Sarah Donald, daughter of Steve Donald.
By the turn of the century the farming country surrounding the village had become well settled and the federal government decided to serve this rural area with free delivery of mail. In about the year 1904, the first rural mail route was organized out of the village. It covered a distance of about twenty-four miles to the west of town. Steve Donald. Miss Mabel Madison's father, was the first rural carrier. Mail was delivered seven days a week and carriers were paid $1.00 a day.
With the mail route now passing through Hayes and surrounding country, the post office there was discontinued and the people of that community received their mail by rural free delivery.
It was in about the year 1905 that the free delivery of mail was extended into Maple Valley east of the village. This route covered about twenty-four miles and was served by its first carrier, N.P. Nelson. Other carriers through the years included Henry Alien, James Thielke, Fred Coy, Joseph Trever, Elmer Anderson, John Ponsegrau and Elger Hoffman.
The first mail carriers traveled their routes by horse and buggy during the summer months and by sled during the winter time. The sled consisted of a cab on runners. A small wood and coal-burning stove within kept the men warm and comfortable while making their rounds.
In 1913 Mr. James Thielke replaced his horse and buggy during the summer time with his first automobile. Mr. Donald used an automobile on his mail route for the first time in 1918.
The present post office in Suring. built in 1957 by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ehlinger. is almost directly across the street from the original post office building. Suring presently has three rural routes.
Suring Post Office built in
Steve Donald, Suring's first rural carrier, in front of the Suring Post Office in 1905.