Carried papers in Yoncalla
I enjoyed reading the recent article “Paper boys of the past learned responsibility from routes.” I can relate to their stories, although I think that my experience delivering the News-Review was quite unique.
Not all paper deliverers were boys. I, a girl, grew up in Yoncalla and delivered the paper after school with my horse! This was back in the early sixties, and in a small town like Yoncalla, everyone was used to kids (especially girls) and their horses.
The courier from Roseburg would bring the papers in the afternoon and when I got home from school, I would saddle up the horse, pack the saddle bags with papers and be off on the route. It was a great arrangement. I rode my horse every day and I made some money at the same time. Most people had a paper box along the street, making it easy to ride the horse right up to it and put in the paper.
Collections by horseback were easy, too. I’d just tie the horse to a fence post, paper box, tree limb, or even a clump of bamboo at one house. No one objected, although some houses probably were gifted with a pile of manure occasionally. I’m sure it was well used in compost piles and gardens.
Like the former paperboys in the article, I, too, learned responsibility and the value of money. Most of mine probably went for horse-related things.
I eventually gave up the paper route by about seventh grade when after-school activities became more important. But I never gave up horses; to this day I still have them.
Thanks for bringing back great memories with your article.