MAIL SERVICE NEEDED IN THE VERDE VALLEY: 1875 to 1885.
"We have called the attention of Major Truman to the fact that at least one thousand people in the eastern portion of this county are entirely without mail facilities, and have received the promise from the Major that he will make such recommendations to the Department at Washington as will immediately place these tax-payers in possession of mail communications with the entire territory. ... We have also called his attention to the fact that the citizens living on the Upper Verde, over 300 souls, are compelled to travel from 10 to 25 miles for their mail, and have recommended the establishing of a route from Camp Verde to the upper settlements on the Verde, with service at least three times per week, and we are satisfied that the Major will do all in his power to have the route immediately established, upon the convening of Congress." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; October 25, 1878; page 2.)
"Hon. J. A. Walsh, proprietor of the Prescott and Santa Fe mail line, leaves for the East to-day. Mr. W., is a thorough business man, has placed his line in No. 1 running order, and we believe that people coming from the east, or going in that direction, will find this the cheapest and quickest line to patronize. We are satisfied that mail from Washington or New York reaches Presscott at least 36 hours in advance of that coming round from San Francisco." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 16, 1879; page 3.)
"The people of the Upper Verde and Oak Creek have to go from 10 to 25 miles to Camp Verde, for their letters and papers, all of which is wrong. There should be a post office ... at Upper Verde, one at Captain Jackson's on Oak Creek, with another at Beaverhead ... and a mail route. ... It would be the means of supplying at least 300 people with mail, who are compelled to travel from 15 to 40 miles for all correspondence, etc. A tri-weekly mail would be sufficient and of the utmost importance. Will our Postmaster General see to this matter at once: or will Col. Walsh draw the gentleman's attention to this much needed service?" (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 23, 1880; page 3.)
"Hon. John Goodwin is exerting himself to get up a petition for mail service and post offices in the Upper Verde country, where there are some 300 people living, who are compelled to go all the way from 20 to 30 miles for their mails. It is a proper move, and we hope Mr. Goodwin may be successful in his efforts in this matter." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 19, 1882; page 3.)
Luna B. Scott was 13 years old when she came to the Upper Verde with her family on August 1, 1883. "Our nearest post office was at Camp Verde. Obliging friends and neighbors would bring mail for the Upper Verde, leaving it at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Strahan to be called for by various families." (Pioneer Stories of Arizona's Verde Valley; 1954; page 72.)
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