Miss Genevieve Baskfield was appointed a village carrier in Zumbrota, Minnesota, in 1919 at the age of 18. She resigned in 1924 shortly after her father, who had been the town’s postmaster, left office. Village delivery was a service similar to city delivery, offered in small towns from 1912 to about 1960. More than one hundred women are known to have served as village carriers, mostly appointed from 1918 through 1920, when about five percent of the nation’s 943 village carriers were women.
Genevieve Baskfield – Village Carrier
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