Yesterday: Salisbury’s first airmail pickup in 1937

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 27, 2015

In this Salisbury Post photograph from Oct. 12, 1937, a group of high-ranking postal employees from the area and local dignitaries stand in front of a Gulf Stinson plane that carried mail out of Salisbury that same morning, as the city celebrated its first airmail service. Standing at the Rowan County Airport, left to right, are J.P. Mattox; Mocksville Postmaster J.P. LeGrand and his son, Henry; City Councilman Henry Davis; Superior Court Solicitor Charles L. Coggin; R.L. Bernhardt, chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners; Mrs. George Conrad; J.E. Haynes; Spencer Postmaster W.H. Shannon; Salisbury City Manager H.C. Holmes; City Councilman William H. Hardin Jr.; Ross Sigmon; Salisbury Mayor C.F. Raney; Rockwell Postmaster F.W. Kluttz; W.L. Ross; Paul Phillips and Paul Phillips Jr.; Faith Postmaster L.J. McCombs; City Councilman D.C. Dungan; Lexington Postmaster Woodrow McKay; E.O. Milligan; J.L. Sowers, superintendent of mail for the Salisbury Post Office; Charles L. Shaver; W.J. Griffin, the Gulf Stinson’s pilot; E.L. Hardin; Salisbury Postmaster J.H. McKenzie; C.B. Morton and Albemarle Postmaster W.H. Snuggs. The bag of mail McKenzie is giving Griffin, the pilot, represents¬†1.032 pieces of airmail from Salisbury. The postmasters from Lexington and Albemarle are holding ¬†mail bags from their cities.