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Employees marked milestones this year

Samuel J. Mitchell
At his January retirement party, Samuel J. Mitchell displays a plaque and certificate he received when President Lyndon Johnson appointed him Postmaster of Philo, OH.

Postal Service employees marked significant milestones in 2018.

Ninety-one-year-old Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center Mail Handler Willie Clemmons celebrated 68 years as a postal employee.

Two other Los Angeles District employees — Leroy Brown, a Los Angeles International Service Center clerk, and Willie Campbell Jr., a maintenance supervisor at the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center — marked 63 and 61 years, respectively, with the Postal Service.

Alfonzo Wilson Jr., an 80-year-old Cleveland letter carrier, celebrated 60 years on the job, while John Moore of Martinton, IL, marked 55 years as the last rural carrier whose salary is based on the number of miles he drives.

Stan Coburn, a retail associate at Northwood Station in Fort Wayne, IN, marked 50 years of postal employment, and the city celebrated by declaring Feb. 6 Stan Coburn Day.

Elsewhere, Philo, OH, Postmaster Samuel J. Mitchell made history when, after a 52-year career, he retired as the last Postmaster appointed by a president.

James Balluff also marked the end of an era when he retired as the Elmhurst, IL, Post Office’s last “special delivery messenger.”

Meanwhile, Superior, MT, Post Office Rural Carrier Frances Higgs’ retirement after almost 40 years delivering mail on her route was bittersweet.

“It was the best I’ve ever had,” the 80-year-old said.

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