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In Years Past

September 30, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, to get a vacation, Elmer Painter, rural mail carrier in Irwin, Pa., had taken his wife's place in the household and she had assumed his work. Instead of sorting mail, Painter washed dishes, made the beds and swept the floor, while Mrs. Painter had forsaken her pots and pans and was traveling over her husband's route. Mrs. Painter wanted a vacation as well and they agreed to trade jobs. She drove to the post office and began her sorting duties by 7 o'clock in the morning and started on her 35 mile jaunt over the country by 8 o'clock. Her route took her through the notorious "Shades of Death" where many murders had been committed. Mr. Painter, while not pretending to enjoy playing housewife said: "It isn't as good as Atlantic City, maybe, but it's a change."



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