By Devin Leonard

The USA Postal provider is a wondrous American construction. Seven days every week, its military of 300,000 letter companies offers 513 million items of mail, 40 percentage of the world’s quantity. it really is way more effective than the other mail service—more than two times as effective because the eastern and simply outpacing the Germans and British. And the USPS has a storied historical past. based through Benjamin Franklin, it was once the knowledge community that sure far-flung americans jointly, fostered a standard tradition, and helped American enterprise to prosper. a firstclass stamp continues to be one of many maximum offers of all time, and but, the USPS is slowly vanishing. Critics say it truly is gradual and archaic. Mail quantity is down. The staff is shrinking. put up places of work are closing.

In Neither Snow Nor Rain, journalist Devin Leonard tackles the attention-grabbing, centuries-long historical past of the USPS, from the 1st letter vendors via Franklin’s days, whilst postmasters labored out in their houses and put up roads lower new paths during the barren region. lower than Andrew Jackson, the publish place of work used to be molded right into a substantial patronage laptop, and via the 1870s, over seventy percentage of federal staff have been postal staff. because the state boomed, USPS aggressively built new know-how, from cellular publish workplaces on railroads and air mail carrier to mechanical sorting machines and optical personality readers.

Neither Snow Nor Rain is a wealthy, multifaceted heritage, jam-packed with notable characters, from the stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPS’s monopoly on mail, to the renegade union participants who introduced the system—and the country—to a halt within the Seventies. an exhilarating and engrossing learn, Neither Snow Nor Rain is the 1st significant historical past of the USPS in over fifty years.

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A brilliant horticulturist, Cooper provided the scientific, agricultural, and economic foundation for the business of growing olives in California. Along with Frank Kimball of San Diego, Cooper led the charge for the olive. He first visited Santa Barbara in 1868 and was impressed by the trees planted there by the mission’s padres and perhaps the grove of Judge Charles Fernald, the largest in the state at 40 acres. In 1870, he moved to the Goleta Valley, where within two years he planted 5,000 trees on 50 acres from 15-inch cuttings he made primarily at the missions at San Diego, San Fernando, San Buenaventura, and Santa Barbara.

Mismanagement by the latter led to bankruptcy. Sammis, however, continued to run his orchard, selling his olives to the Lindsay company, and continued to live until 1970 in the house he and Miriam occupied when they first moved to Wallace. He died the following year in Marin County. But the trees that bore his beloved “beautiful rocks” remain, as does a legacy of olives in Calaveras County. 59 Louis Benedict Sammis was born on July 17, 1881, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His Sammis ancestors had arrived in that state from England in the 1640s.

Albert married California-born Carrie Augusta Chandler in 1883. Her father was former state senator Augustus Lemuel Chandler, a Vermonter who came to California in 1852. Albert and Carrie had 10 children, seven girls and three boys. All but one attended college, from Stanford, the University of California, Mills, and Rutgers to Davis Agricultural College, which later became the University of California, Davis, today a major center for olive research. J. Sparks on Coon Creek. There, he also grew raisins and grain and raised livestock.

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