Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor COVID-19 stayed Phil Hess from sharing his experiences as Clarkdale’s longtime Postmaster. During his 17 years of service to Clarkdale, Mr. Hess orchestrated the Post Office move from what is now Clarkdale’s Community Services office to the current location at the other end of Ninth Street. He saw his customer base grow from 350 to over 3000.
Delivering the mail was only one of Mr. Hess’ many jobs. Many area doctors directed new mothers to have him weigh their babies as his scales were the more accurate ones. He claims to have weighed more than 1000 infants.
Minor auto maintenance was another task. When a customer asked to use the phone in order to get her flat tire repaired, Mr. Hess went out to the parking lot and did the job. Workers at nearby St. Thomas church would also get a helping hand from the Postmaster.
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