To the editor:
Congratulations to Chad Lawhorn for his uplifting article on retiring letter carrier Tom Carlson. It was a particular pleasure to see mention of Carlson’s predecessor, Bill Hayes, who had the West Hills route for decades.
Some will still remember that, during wartime, Mr. Hayes treated all mail from servicemen as special delivery. If a letter home arrived in his bin during the day, he made an extra trip, on his own time, so the family need not wait. Our county administrator may recall how Mr. Hayes once took unusual measures to ensure safe delivery of a live goldfish.
His many friends counted it a privilege to know Mr. Hayes, his graceful and sagacious wife, Eleanor, and their accomplished daughters.