Old St. Andrews



Old Post Office Tales



St. Andrews Standard, Jan 29, 1873
We feel it a duty to notice the disgraceful conduct of some persons who congregate around the Post Office delivery window, while the Mails are being assorted. The noise and rudeness of several rowdies, who mix with orderly persons waiting for the mail delivery, is such, as to materially interfere with the assorting of the mails, and prevents respectable persons, some of them females, from receiving their mail matter until the morning. A complaint has reached us from a reliable source, of a piece of ruffianism committed on Saturday night last, with the name of the aggressor. A messenger who had waited some time went to the window for letters and papers, and while the Postmaster was handing them to him, he was pulled away by a rough, and a letter of importance and value was lost, but afterwards picked up by a young man and returned to the Post Office. Such conduct would not be tolerated in any other community, and the sooner such disorderly persons are prosecuted and sent to "close quarters" for a few weeks, the better for the Town. We have forborne any allusion to these nuisances for some time, but feel called upon to expose such lawless acts, as we know them to be committed. The remedy is easy, any one subjected to such annoyances can make complaint to a Justice of the Peace, and the guilty parties will then have the benefit of being fined, or confined.

St. Andrews Beacon, March 24, 1904
. . . The passing of the old Post Office is not altogether a matter for regret, although the new building may entail a longer walk for a number of the office patrons. The old office was an unsightly place and not at all in harmony with the present ambitions of the people. The old building was in use as a Post Office for twenty or more years. Prior to that time . . the little store alongside King Street corner was used by the late Postmaster George F. Campbell. The mails were passed out by the venerable postmaster through an aperture in the front of the building, and at time when the lads in waiting outside got a little too mischievous or "obstropolous" the postmaster was not averse to meting out summary punishment by means of a cane through the same opening. There were times when the innocent suffered for the guilty, if all the stories that have been told us are to be relied upon.

Fredericton Reporter, Sept 30, 1882 . . . The Post Office is also very inconvenient, at least I should imagine so from the crowds who were standing around the vicinity and who had to wait their turn at the small window on the arrival of the evening mail. For the size of the place and the importance of it, I should imagine the Dominion authorities should have a much better office with greater accommodation. I notice in this there was no stamp or register window, or any post office boxes, but if an individual wished a stamp or desired to register a letter, the distribution of the mail was completely blocked until he had satisfied his demands. As there is no bank in St. Andrews, a large amount of money is sent through the mails which makes the office of more importance than otherwise. Speaking of no bank in the place, I might say that I was considerably surprised at this lack of financial institutions. In St. Stephen they have two banks which are doing a very good business I understand, but in St. Andrews the people have to deposit their surplus money for safe keeping, either in the Dominion Savings Bank, where they must give a month's notice for its withdrawal, or with private individuals who may have safes. The remitting of money also is either by post office order or the party has to go to St. Stephen or Calais for the Accommodation. In conversing with the Post Master I understood that often very large amounts were sent through this office, something as large as $2,000 a day. I should think this would make it an object for some of the banking institutions of the country to establish a branch in that place.