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Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 5/18/2018 at 20:15:26

Humboldt Postmaster Honored

Humboldt Postmaster Otis Nelson, who recently announced his forthcoming retirement, is being honored at various events, among them was a party given by area postal employees at Johnny's Steak Harbor at Humboldt with Postmaster Herbert Ulrich of Dakota City as master of ceremonies.

Postmaster Mary Colwell of Livermore gave the prayer and the program featured slides take by Erling Malmin of Ottosen while traveling in Norway. The group of about fifty guests presented Mr. Nelson with a gift. Postal departments represented were Humboldt, Fort Dodge, Thor, Livermore, Bode, Hardy, Lu Verne, Gilmore City, Dakota City, Holmes and Pioneer.

Mr. Nelson, who has served in the postal department nearly 30 years, sent in his application for retirement in October, to be effective Jan. 31, but has been asked by postal authorities to remain on the job until a successor is appointed. He was appointed postmaster by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, but had previously worked in the post office from 1913-1917. During his years as postmaster receipts have increased over five times, from $17,000 in 1936 to $86,000 last year.

Mr. Nelson plans to see full or part time work after his retirement from the post office for he says being without an occupation would be hard on him.

A native of Goldfield, he was graduated from Humboldt High School. He is active in our Savior's Lutheran church, Rotary Club, Masonic lodge and IOOF lodge. He and Mrs. Nelson, the former LaVeta Dickinson, have three children, Ned, Donna and Beverly.

24 February 1961
Fort Dodge Messenger and Chronicle -- Fort Dodge, Iowa


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