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May Pierstorff, Idaho

May Pierstorff, Idaho

Posted: 10 Aug 2001 10:53PM GMT
Edited: 4 Jun 2002 5:06AM GMT
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 <comerslr@mindspring.com>
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.

Re: May Pierstorff, Idaho

Posted: 22 Feb 2002 7:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Mar 2002 1:03PM GMT
Anyone who replied to your mail yet as I know someone who might be interested.Felizitas

Re: May Pierstorff, Idaho

Posted: 23 Feb 2002 1:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Jun 2002 5:06AM GMT
The newspaper clipping about May Pierstorff, "the parcel post kid" has been claimed. I no longer have it.

Anne

Re: May Pierstorff, Idaho

Posted: 22 May 2013 11:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am May's niece, Charlotte Elaine Pierstorff Sickels.

I was looking for her obit. when I found your post.

Re: May Pierstorff, Idaho

Posted: 23 May 2013 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Oh how interesting. It has been nearly 12 years since I made that posting. I offered to send the little clipping to the first family member who asked for it. I heard back from two people, the first was a lady named Dottie but she did not actually ask for the clipping. She wasn't sure how she was related. Then a gentleman named Jay Pierstorff wrote and asked for it. Perhaps you know him? He told me May was his aunt and he also told me that a little story book about May had been published. I mailed the clipping to him in November of 2001 but I loved the little story so much that I made a photocopy before sending it off. I will attach a copy of it here. Jay said I could be an honorary Pierstorff, which pleased me. :-) Hope your inquiries about your ancestry will be fruitful.

Sincerely,
Anne Comer
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