One of The Post-Journal's long-standing carriers has retired.
Ken Anderson retired from 23 years of delivering The Post-Journal following Sunday's delivery.
After seeing a listing for the job in the Pennysaver more than two decades ago, Ken began his delivery career on a route in Cattaraugus County. In subsequent years, and through multiple route changes, he had delivered papers for residents in the county including Brocton, Sinclairville and Bemus Point.
Ken Anderson retired from 23 years of delivering copies of The Post-Journal last weekend.
P-J photo by Daniel Swanson
Ken's routes have previously been large enough that they often included five or six post office districts - his latest route including roughly180 customers.
Ken's wife of 48 years, Lois Anderson, often helped her husband deliver papers on days she was not working for Lutheran, when he first began delivering. Since retiring from Lutheran eight years ago, she has helped Ken deliver papers every morning, both by driving and bagging the papers from the passenger seat.
However, for Ken and Lois, "morning" meant waking up at 1 a.m. every day.
"I want to watch some of the nightly TV shows that everyone keeps telling us about."
"We usually go to sleep around 7 p.m.," said Lois.
The couple generally finished their route around 5:30 a.m.
In order to ensure excellent customer service, Ken and Lois would purchase six or eight extra papers each day, out of pocket, in order to replace any papers that may be accidentally torn during the delivery process.
Since announcing their retirement, Ken and Lois have received an outpouring of support and encouragement from longtime customers, many who sent thank-you cards expressing a deep appreciation for the effort and care the couple put into delivering papers for years.
"Our customers have been loyal to us ... We did (the work) for them," Ken said.
Lois added that each of the couple's customers were sent a Christmas card every year.
"That's the policy of ours," she said.
In retirement, Ken plans to spend time refurbishing his 10 Cub Cadet tractors, some over 40 years old, his hobby when he is not delivering papers.
With more free time, Lois also hopes to get some projects completed around their home, including painting.
When asked if they will change their sleep schedule now that they are not delivering papers anymore, both were enthusiastic about the prospect.
"I want to watch some of the nightly TV shows that everyone keeps telling us about," Lois quipped.