I have a little newspaper clipping about May Pierstorff. It has been in my posession for over 30 years, possibly close to 40 years, though there is no date on it and I do not know the publication in which it appeared. If someone knows May or her descendants and would like to have the clipping, please contact me. Anne Comer <firstname.lastname@example.org
The article, which includes a picture, follows:
The Parcel Post Kid
One of the liveliest items ever sent through the U.S. mail was a 48 and one-half pound, 4-year-old child. In 1914, May Pierstorff’s parents decided to send the child to visit her grandmother in Lewiston, Idaho, 100 miles by train from their home in Grangeville, Idaho. A ticket for a child traveling alone, however, was full fare. So they elected to mail May by parcel post, then new and quite cheap.
At the post office, the postmaster looked up the rules and regulations for sending such a package. Young May fit the weight requirements -- 50 pounds or under. It was then illegal to mail live animals, insects, reptiles and smelly articles, among other things. Sending baby chicks by parcel post, however, was permitted. The postmaster classified blonde May as a baby chick, collected 53 cents in postage from her parents and glued the stamps on a tag on the child’s coat. After being taken into the post office workroom, May was driven to the depot and lifted into the mail baggage car. On the way to Lewiston, she was under the care of the train baggage man and upon arival was transported to the post office. Though the custom was to leave parcel post packages there overnight, a kindly clerk took May to her grandmother.