Note: The following is one of a series of articles looking at events in the history of Bulloch County.
In the Statesboro Star issue of March 30, 1884, the Bulloch County “Mail Schedules” were listed: “Northbound mail, connecting with Central Railroad, departs at 9 a.m. daily.”
The mail from the “north and west over Central Railroad arrives at 5:45 p.m., and southern and eastern mail arrives at 12:15 p.m. Southbound mail connecting with Central of Georgia departs at 2:45 daily.”
Next, “Mail for Clito, Zoar, Mill Ray, Rufus, and Arlen leaves daily by D&S at 9 a.m., Mail for Jimps, Akin, Excelsior, Parrish, and Metter arrive daily at 12, and departs daily at 2 p.m. same days.”
Then, “Mail for Nellwood, Black, and Brag arrives at 12 on Mon/Wed/Fri, and departs 2 p.m. same days. Mail for Gem and Fly arrives at 12 on Mon/Wed/Fri, and departs at 1 p.m. same days.”
And, “Mail for Sam, Laston, Josh, and Bloys departs at 7 a.m. Mon/Fri, and arrives at 6:12 same days. Mail for Emit, Enal, and Harville departs at 6 a.m. Tues/Sat, and arrives at 1 p.m. same days.”
Then, the Bulloch Times newspaper of Sept. 16, 1898 revealed that ""It seems that the Sunday mail cannot get into operation. The first Sunday the mails were not running."
And, "Last Sunday the route agent on the Central would not deliver it to Mr. Akins, because he said he had no instructions to do so. Mr. Rigdon says, however, that it will not happen again."
The 1913 Bulloch Times story revealed the early "mail route began in Reidsville in Tattnall county coming via Bengal, Statesboro, Millray, (to) Sylvania, Screven, terminating at old Jacksonborough in Screven county.”
Next, “services were again improved and the route cutting through one mail weekly from the Reidsville end and the other coming in from Sylvania. Uncle William Smith and his boys brought the mail over every Friday.”
They left “from Reidsville and Uncle Charnock Fletcher drove in about the same time on a high-wheel sulky by a Texas pony from Sylvania via Halcyondale, each of them bringing in a handful of mail.”
On Aug. 2, 1901, the Statesboro News declared that the mail would be carried on the Brewton & Pineora Railroad "beginning on August 12th (over) the B&P division through to Savannah."
Before this, the rail mail had only reached Register. Furthermore, "After that day, a regular mail clerk will go through from Savannah to Dublin. The people above Statesboro will appreciate it."
Finally, “On the first day of July 1880, there arrived in Statesboro the first daily mail, (which came) in from Halcyondale on the Central railway every day except Sunday.”
So, at “the Statesboro post office (the) mail was generally poured out into a heap on the counter in the store (and) everybody fished out his own mail, (then) what was left (was) thrown into a basket or empty flour barrels.”
As “people came in, (they would often) taking time to read all the (mail that was still there, not caring) whether (or not) it was addressed to them or not.”
Once the Dover & Statesboro Railway's line opened in 1889, mail was brought straight into Statesboro. When the Central bought both the D&S and B&P lines, mail came non-stop from Savannah.
The Statesboro News on Jan. 5, 1904 reported “The B&P brought the Atlanta mail (8:14 and 9:30 am); the S&S, the mail from Savannah, (and) the Central, from Dover on a hand car (Noon); and the B&P (at 5:26 p.m.)”
Then, the Jan. 15, 1908 edition of the Bulloch Times related “the progress in the construction of the new Statesboro, Augusta & Northern Railway.”
Currently, “mail pouches for Brooklet are made up principally in Savannah (with) a delay of a day or two in all mail from the north. In this electric age of rapid transit such (an) antiquated mail service (is) an abomination.”
Roger Allen is a local lover of history who provides a brief look each week at the area's past. Email him at email@example.com.