Newspapers regularly reported on the expansion of rural free delivery with the opening or surveying of new routes. These news stories often included information about the program and its success. This report came from one of the government officials responsible for developing and overseeing the routes.
- What effects does W.F. Conger claim rural free delivery has on rural life? Support your answer with specific evidence.
- What reasons did Conger use to argue against city delivery and for rural delivery of the mail? Provide specific evidence to support your answer.
- In the article, Conger stated, "Every community served by rural delivery feels itself set a long distance forward in the scale of civilization and brought into closer touch with the life and progress of the world." Is he implying that rural families are missing out on modern life? Provide specific evidence to support your answer.
"Rural Mail Report," The Ottumwa Courier, pp. 6, 24 October 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress