Rural Mail Carriers of Savage Minnesota
First Rural Mail Carrier in Savage, MN
The first rural free delivery service was inaugurated with Charles Kline as the mail carrier in September, 1905. Charles L. Kline was born September 20, 1873 in Eagle Creek Township and in 1894 he moved to Savage, which was still known as Hamilton. He was a member of the village council when the council officially changed the name of the village to Savage in 1904. When he joined the postal service he earned $60 a month. He used a horse and mail cart to deliver the mail and in the winter, a horse and cutter were used on his rural route that was 27 miles long. Regardless of the weather, the day started early and could take until 8:00 or 9:00 pm at night to complete the mail delivery to the many farm families on the rural route.
Longest Serving Rural Mail Carrier in Savage, MN
Ray Egan served as a mail carrier for the Savage Post Office for more than 30 years. In that capacity he served the longest of any person in the history of the local post office. He started for 3 years as a substitute and then in January, 1957 Ray became the regular carrier on Savage’s rural route for 28 years until he retired in 1985. Ray delivered the mail first class on his last mail delivery as he was surprised by the J. B. Limousine Service of Savage, and had the unique experience of being driven by a chauffeur on his route in a Cadillac limousine. The unusual event was witnessed by a number of friends and a camera crew from Twin Cities’ television station.
Material adapted from articles written by Del Stelling of the Savage Review and from interviews with Ray Egan and the Mayor of Savage.
Charles Kline photo courtesy of the Dan Patch Historical Society and the Heritage Room Museum of the Savage Library.