In the early years, mail service was sporadic at best. With the arrival of the rail line in 1914, mail would arrive in the baggage car, but would only come as far west as McBride. Anyone further down the line would either need to have their mail sent further on by paddle wheeler or foot. The telegraph system was more reliable, but also cost more. The post office, like many institutions has moved several times within McBride. Unlike other businesses though, the building itself wasn’t moved repeatedly.
As a tongue in cheek response to the frustration of residents with the less than stellar service, the postmaster, Mr Lloyd and Mr. Mewhort published a set of rules in The Journal (McBride’s first newspaper) in 1914:
Post Office Rules
Our postmaster has had the following rules formulated for the benefit of the patrons and that you may know what to expect: No letter will be given out until it has been received. If you don’t get a letter or a paper on the day you expect it get the postmaster to look through all the boxes. It ought to be there somewhere and he likes to hunt for it just to please you. If your friend don’t write, rave at the postmaster. He is to blame. If he tells you no, put on a look and say there ought to be some. He is probably hiding the mail for the pleasure of having you call for it. Ask him to look again. If you are buying stamps make him lick them on, that’s his business.
Photo: North side of Main Street, late 1940’s. L to R: the new post office, Harold Klohn’s McBride Motors, Art Klohn’s meat and grocery store and living quarters, Government liquor store, a hardware store, the Rainbow Theatre, Legion Hall, and at far right another Chevron garage, built by the Balcaen brothers, and the McKale house. Photo courtesy of Valley Museum and Archives