Karnack postman rang more than twice

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By Mike Cox

When Clarence Lafayette Fason retired from what was then the U.S. Post Office Department, he surely received gifts, perhaps a certificate or plaque and doubtless a federal retirement check for the rest of his life.

But Fason gave back as well in deciding to write a recollection of his half-century as a mail carrier in rural East Texas. Even better, someone had the good sense to include the piece in the printed program distributed at his retirement ceremony. That event occurred on Aug. 31, 1969 in Karnack, a small community in northeastern Harrison County best known as the hometown of Lady Bird Johnson.

“In an age when a person may sit in his own living room and watch a space flight 238,000 miles from Earth,” Fason began, “it is difficult to realize the importance of mail delivery to rural Americans in the early 1900’s to whom news traveled slowly since they had no access to telephones, newspapers or radios.”

 

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