Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the establishment of post offices and mail delivery in southeast Georgia and Bulloch County.)
The Statesboro News issue of June 21, 1901, listed Bulloch Star Route mail delivery schedules. Two were daily routes (except Sundays): the first, to Excelsior, Register and Jimps; and the second, to Queen, Myers and Star.
Then, there were two Star Routes that ran every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: the first route went to Josh, Lon, Bloys, Adelaide and Sam; and the second route went to Enal and Emit.
And, there were two Star Routes that ran every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: the first route went to Black, Callie and Brag; and the second route went to Fly.
The April 10, 1903 Statesboro News reported on that “petitions are being circulated for the establishment of several rural delivery routes (which) are to go out from Statesboro.”
Route No. 1 will go “via Robert’s Mill and Mr. Frank Deal’s via Judge Cameron’s up towards Upper Mill Creek church via Dr. Temples’ and back down the Moore road to Statesboro.”
Route No. 2 will go “up via Bethlehem church to Sam’s post office, to Mr. Zach Cowart’s via Adelaide post office, Anita, and J.S. Franklin’s, down through Akins neighborhood via Williams and Outlands still, back to Statesboro.”
Route No. 3 will go “down the Savannah road via Chas. Preetorius to Nellwood across to Mr. Wayne Parish’s, Milton Smith’s back by Messrs. Blackburn and W.W. Mikell’s back up to Statesboro.”
Route No. 4 will leave Statesboro and go via “Blitch up the river road via Finch’s store to the Gnat post office, (and then head) back via Portal, (and then) back to Blitch.”
Route No. 5 will “leave Register and run down to Mr. M.J. Green’s place and (from there) return (to Statesboro) via Nevils post office, taking in that entire section of country.”
Furthermore, ‘it is proposed to have mailboxes erected all along the different routes and the carrier will be virtually a moving post office. He will sell stamps, register letters, and sell money orders.”
In a front page article in the Statesboro News of March 1, 1904, the editor declared “the authorities have given notice that on May the 16 they will put in operation four mail routes.”
What’s more, the same Statesboro News announced that “Mr. Lyle Peyton, representing the Bond Steel Post Company, has been in the country the past week canvassing the different rural mail routes.”
Peyton has been “selling mail boxes (and) has sold about 60 and leaves the matter in the hands of Mr. George S. Blackburn who will supply any others who may want a box.”
Blackburn said people don’t “have to have a box before the government will allow their mail to be left for them. They are required to do this.”
Next, the Statesboro News of June 9, 1905 announced “two new rural routes to start. The post office has issued an order for the establishment of routes Nos. 6 and 7, with service on each beginning August 15.”
“No. 6 leaves Statesboro via E.C. Mosely’s, Sand Hill Ford, Brag post office, Callie and Waters post office; back via Doc. Hagin’s, I.V. Simmons and Sand Hill Ford. Length of route 25 1/10th miles; # of houses, 144; pop. 425.”
“No. 7 leaves Statesboro via Olliff Bridge, Clito church, D.B. Franklin, J.K. Brannen corner, A.F. McRoan, Zoar post office, H.I. Waters, Williams corner; down River road to Dr. Miller’s.”
Continuing, “back via Miller’s Store, up Clito road to J.G. Hart’s corner to G.A. Hart’s cornerback via Olliff Bridge to Statesboro. Length of route, 25 3/10th miles; # of houses, 184; pop. 570.” Both carriers’ wages: $730 yearly.
Roger Allen is a local lover of history who provides a brief look each week at the area's past. E-mail him at email@example.com.