Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

By Rail, He Delivered the Mail

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

By Rail, He Delivered the Mail

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Edward Rountree, an 83-year-old Jacksonville native-turned-snowbird, is among a dwindling breed of retired Railway Post Office workers who carried guns and memorized thousands of post office locations and train station junctions to get the mail delivered.

"I was very proud of our work," Rountree said in a phone interview, adding that he thoroughly enjoyed his 38 years with the U.S. Post Office, especially the 18 when the mail was moved by train.

Rountree recently traveled to Washington to attend a reception for Railway Post Office employees at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

He's a World War II veteran who, after retiring in 1986, traveled the country via a recreational vehicle to golf. But he fell in love with Oregon's mountains, low humidity and cool nights, and he bought a place there. Now he lives six months in Oregon and six months with his daughter on the Southside.

Here's more good news:

-- The North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society awarded one-year college scholarships to Monica Morgan, Kyle Schleicher, Elizabeth Schneider and Candace Swetman. The scholarships are for high school seniors who have MS or live with someone who does, according to a news release. Applicants are selected based on financial need, academics, volunteer activities, career goals, letters of recommendation plus an essay describing the impact MS has on their life.

-- Art by 25 children will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at City Kids Art Factory, a Durkeeville-based nonprofit at 1801 N. Myrtle Ave. Admission is free to see the paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works and other pieces that are the culmination of 10 weeks of art education made possible by a $3,000 grant from Comcast's Cable Community Investment Grant program, according to a news release.

"Businesses helping programs like ours is a wonderful thing," participating artist Jerome Robinson said in the release. …

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