Frank J. Hammond, Ex-Postmaster, Whittaker, Augusta Township, Washtenaw County, October 1937 Photographer: Eck Stanger
Ann Arbor News, October 27, 1937
PRECEDED MONEY ORDERS IN POST OFFICE: When Frank J. Hammond became postmaster of Whittaker near the turn of the century, all he had to worry about was the dispatching and distribution of letters and newspapers. During his 23 years of service to Uncle Sam, however, with one four-year interruption during a Republican president's terms, he introduced the money order and parcel post service in Whittaker.
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Mary Frazier was born in 1910 in Marion, Arkansas, where her father owned a 140-acre cotton farm. She describes sharecropping, Black land-ownership, and the devastating effects of the boll weevil infestation on the cotton industry in the early twentieth century. When her father’s farm went under, she moved to Detroit to live with her aunt in the Black Bottom neighborhood. Over the course of her career, Frazier worked as a domestic laborer, hospital worker, and U.S. Postal Service employee. She completed her high school education at age 83.
Mary Frazier was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.
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Marlene Laws grew up in Detroit and graduated from Sidney D. Miller High School in 1958. She served in the military at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas from 1960 to 1962. Upon returning to Michigan, she was a nurse at Pontiac State Hospital for two years. Laws dedicated 43 years of her career to the United States Postal Service as a clerk and then as a Human Resources specialist. She and her former husband Kenneth had one daughter, Dr. Dawn N. Laws. Marlene Laws passed away on February, 4, 2017.
Marlene Laws was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.