NEW JERSEY: Miserable Postmistress

Ralston, N.J., a sleepy rural village of 100 inhabitants near Morristown, likes to boast that its post-office building (built in 1776) is the oldest in the U.S. Nowadays the post office has eight box holders, only 17 other customers. Most Ralstonites get their mail at Mendham or Chester, each two miles away.

One day last June, Mrs. Catherine Groenewegen took over the job of Ralston's postmistress. In summer she made out all right. Then winter came. Mrs. Groenewegen donned her woollies, put on a coat and overshoes. An icy blast swept in through...

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