Chamber of commerce honors post office

PREMONT?— William Speer, 90, recalls his mother talking about when her family arrived in Premont and the first post office in Premont 100 years ago.

“My mother came here in 1909 when she got off the train,” said Speer, a former Post Office employee. “She said that the post office was in a rail car.”

His mother, Rosalynn Disbro, was a Premont pioneer. The land where they settled was called “The Prairie,” Speer said.

Premont’s Post Office was commemorated for its 100 years in existence Tuesday from Jan. 13, 1909 to Jan. 13, 2009. The current Postmaster, Suzanne Garza was awarded a 100-year anniversary plaque by the Premont Chamber of Commerce. During the celebration, a flag raising ceremony was performed by the Veterans’ of War Post 8922. The morning was also celebrated with a cake with red icing that read, “Centennial celebration postal service, Happy 100th Birthday, serving Premont for 100 years…”

Residents stopping by to pick up their mail were treated to some cake.

Chamber president Epi Vargas presented the 100th anniversary  plaque to Garza.

“I’m honored to do this special thing today (Tuesday) for the 100th year,” Vargas said. “In this year we will deal with a new president and that tells us that we can make it to the top.”

Garza accepted the honor on behalf of all the Premont post office employees, both current and past.

“On behalf of all the postal employees that worked here in the 100 years, we thank you,” Garza said. “It’s good to be in a small town where we know all of our customers.”

Speer told the group that Premont is a small town that has advanced.

“When people say we haven’t made progress,” Speer said laughing, “they haven’t lived here since 1918, I guess.”