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The speaker is a 59-year-old White woman with a high school education from Hope, Rhode Island; she was recorded in 1969.



County: Providence
State: RI

Commentary:
The village of Hope is located within the town of Scituate, which was first settled in 1710 by emigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts. It is a community with historical significance: cannons were forged there during the Revolutionary War, textile manufacturing flourished there throughout the nineteenth century, and in the late 1880s it was the terminus of the Pawtuxet Valley Railroad. In this segment the speaker discusses her work as a postmaster.
Inf: I, uh, was sworn in the thirty-first of January, 1946, and I, uh, took over the first of February, acting postmaster. And I was acting postmaster for twenty months. And then I, uh, got the appointment, postmaster. And I???ve been postmaster since.

FW: What do you do as postmaster?

Inf: I???m in charge of the office, complete charge that everything is taken care of in the office.

FW: And this is the whole, not the whole of Scituate? [Inf: No.] This is, just has???

Inf: This is, there are four, uh, post offices within the town of Scituate [FW: Uh-huh]. There???s Hope, Fiskeville, which services some of Scituate [FW: Yeah]. And Clayville, and North Scituate.

FW: Yeah. I???m thinking, I was thinking before, Pascoag. I mean, because this is Hope. This is Hope.

Inf: No. Pascoag has an office of its own.

FW: Yeah, that, that???s where I am [FW: Yeah] at the same time as here [Inf: Yeah. Yeah]. And it???s confusing me [Inf: Yeah. I uh-]. Yeah, uh-huh. So you do all the sorting and you???re in charge of, uh, the delivering.

Inf: We, uh, have to sort the incoming mail. And we have to, uh, get the outgoing mail ready [FW: Mm-hmm]. Face it, tie it. Uh, we don???t tie anymore. We use rubber bands. [Laughter] Thank goodness. And, uh, then we have to sell stamps [FW: Uh-huh], money orders [FW: Uh-huh], register letters, uh, rate parcels, insure them. Just anything that-, the only thing we don???t have is international money orders and savings bonds. We don???t sell them anymore. We sell savings stamps [FW: Mm-hmm], but not the bonds.

FW: How come?

Inf: We haven???t sold bonds for quite a few years. People can go to the banks and get [FW: Mm-hmm] them now. Maybe some of the bigger offices still sell them, but we don???t. And we don???t have international money orders, either. We haven???t for quite a few years, although I have had them, when I first went to the post office. I worked for the other postmaster when I first came out of high school for eight years [FW: Mm-hmm]. From 1926 to 1934.

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