A man who did so much more than just deliver the mail

I still use the postal service. Go to the Post Office, buy stamps and mail parcels and do other postal related stuff. What I want to tell you is about a special man from long ago. Karl Johnson, our mail man back there on Gordon Street. He wore a gray uniform with a policeman-like cap and carried a leather mail bag. He had a whistle that he blew to alert you that you had mail. He cared about the people at Clinton Mills and to prove that Karl cared let me tell you a true story. To occupy a mill house someone in the family had to work in the mill. A man named Ed told me that his father became disabled and the family became ineligible to continue to occupy a mill house. If you were ineligible to live in the house you had to move. No ifs, ands or buts about it. You had to go. Karl learned of the family’s plight. He did not just spread the word, he took action. First, he located a house, which still stands on West Main Street, for the family to move into. Ed told me that was just fine but the family had no money to buy the house. Karl, the mail man was not finished. He found a place for the family to borrow the money with payments they could afford. Ed’s family moved in and occupied that house for many years. Ed indicated to me that he did not believe that Karl had to look far to find the money. He strongly suspicioned that the money came from Karl’s bank account. Do you find this hard to believe? You would not find it difficult if you had lived on Gordon and known Karl and Ed. Times were harsh but the times were tempered by peoples love for each other. (Bobby Meadors is the retired unit administrator at the Clinton armory of the South Carolina National Guard. He lives in Clinton.)

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