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Tne Legend of Stump
rural route service was
established from the Post Office in Mountain, the people living along
North Branch Road north of Mountain had to pick their mail up when
into town, which was a long and tedious journey in those days.
those working, and living in
the lumber camps in that area, a letter was their only means of
with families over the long months of winter, so, arrangements were
among the various settlers that, 'anyone going into the town was to
up the mail for all settlers in that area, and for those staying in the
logging camps'. This arrangement worked very well for those
for then they stated their naime, Mountain, Wisconsin, on their return
address, and also wrote 'Pine Stump1 which enabled the Postmaster to
those addressed letters at the Post Office in Mountain.
arriving at the Post Office
from the Pine Stump area was then able to pick up those letters and
them home. Now, of course no one knew just who was picking up the mail,
so a pine stump was selected in which to put this mail into. The pine
sat on the west bank of the Oconto River, a large hollow 'mail box' for
everyone in the vicinity!
this stump went all the mail
bearing this address and names didn't matter. The folks would then come
to the stump and go through its contents, perhaps to come across a
written for them! A 'Post Office1 much, closer to home than the one
was 4 miles south of them at Mountain!
Harvey Dobratz who now lives
in the Kelly Lake area, sent us an old letter she had found while
her home while living in Spruce. In the return address of this letter
the words, Oconto County, Pine Stump, Mountain! This letter,
piece of history, was written by a young girl when she came to the Pine
Stump area to teach at the Grimmer School, and we were as thrilled to
the return address of 'Pine Stump' as we were to read the contents of
we were not able to place
an exact year on when this letter was written, the contents of this
revealed so much to us about
the history we were at the time searching for, that now in 1989 we wish
that 'May1 had written more!
Dobratz saved this letter
upon finding it, anc sent it to us in our Centennial Year, as a
of the way of life for those who cams to these lands so long ago. The
was sent to Kate Tucker, a former resident of the home in which Mrs.
found this primarypiece of evidence; a simple letter that told us so
much. And so the letter began;
promised I would write to you
this time and I surely meant it.
here safe - had to wait
at Mountain until 3:00 in the afternoon before I could start for my
as the team was late coming to town.
the way, Kate, I saw Russell
Hawkes (time -keeper in Louis's camp) he told me, all about the trick
played on Louis - I explained all to him. (Thurs, eve.)
to let your letter go another
day as I was so cold in my room, I couldn't write another word.
it is fierce; had a ride
to school, but almost to slow, as I was frozen stiff when I struck
But I soon got warmed - had to build my fire, and I run around the room
to warm up some.
Kate, this is a lonely place
at present -and just at present having the blues to top everything off.
at Lakewood to-night, only
a moving picture play of Cameron Dam (Dietz's family) and I've seen the
play - the neighbors want me to go, but I have loads of work to get out.
newsy to tell you, will
leave the news for you to tell me,
close as I can't think of
any news of interest Write me when you find time - excuse scribbling as
my hands are cold - and I am up in my room, (not very warm)
of love to you from