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W. P. LJMPERICH, Foreman of Prlntery.
way we treat our
customers is one gold
en rule that has
made this bank
a success.
Established Feb 19, 1896.
Published every Wednesday at 328-330 Benson Ave., Wlllmar, Minn., by Victor
l*wson under the firm name of— »«««--««r»
nutBWra rmxMTxma
The year A. D. 1912 is drawing to a close. It has been an eventful
year locally, nationally and in the world at large. There has been much
progress along many lines of uplift, but sufficient of retrogression and bar
barism on the other hand to prevent any optimist from phophesying any
immediate entry into the millenium.
As individuals the passing of a year brings home to us the rapid flight
of time, and usually also brings regrets that accomplishment during the
past year has fallen so far short of what one had expected to do. So
much to do, and so little time to do it in! The span of human life is made
up of but comparatively few years, and their number check off faster and
faster as one advances in age. Isn't it true that many do not stop to
think about that, but go carelessly on "killing" time, which is the most
valuable asset that they own. Later in life they may regret the loss of
time most bitterly.
The close of the year is notonly the time for taking stock of one's re
sources and considering the record of things attempted during the past
year, but is also the time for good resolutions for the coming year. And
with each year's experience gained, the purposes of life ought to ripen and
gain in accomplishment.
E wish a happy and prosperous New
Year to all our friends and customers.
We wish to express our hearty thanks for
the patronage extended us during the past
year. A continuance of the same will be
Yours Sincerely,
RESOURCES OVER $450,000.00
Address: Wlllmar, Minn.
One Tear (within United States only) U-M
Six Months
Three Months •,_••••,: it
Three months on trial to new subscribers -z»
Four Years in advance
Five Years in advance ic'''
To foreign countries always in advance, at the rate of,
per year
The printed mailing list from which the paper is mailed is corrected the first
of each month. If the slip on your paper does not show a credit the month fol
lowing that when payment was made please call our attention to the matter, but
»ot until after the 1st paper of the next month.
ADVERTISING RATES quoted on application.
^Correspondents wanted in each locality. Write a sample news letter and ap
ply for terms
[Batered December 6, 1902. at Wlllmar, Minnesota, as second class matter,
ander act of March 3, 1879]
VICTOR E, LAWSON. Editor and Manager.
Post to
Jan. 1 New System
of Mail Express
The greatest present Uncle Sam
has given his children for a long
time is the parcels post system which
goets into effect Jan. 1, 1913.
The accompanying map shows the
country divided into zones from the
unit in which Wlllmar is situated, as
the center. Accompanying the map
is a table showing the rate of postage
per pound for parcels from Wlllmar
to places within all the zones.
Each unit is approximately thirty
miles square. Each square of one
degree of latitude and longitude is
divided into four units, 30 minutes
square. The first zone will extend to
each of the eight units contiguous to
the home unit. To illustrate we give
herewith a map of the first zone from
Wlllmar postoffice. The unit in which
Willmar is located is 2858. All post
offices in the same unit as Willmar
will have the same zone and use the
same map as the Willmar postoffice.
The Willmar-Kandiyohi township line
is the boundary between two units
and the Whitefield-Roseland line is
on the boundary of two units. Kan
diyohi county is therefore located in
four different units. Willmar and the
eight townships to the west and north
are in unit No. 2858. The east half
of the county with the exception of
the lower tier of townships are in
unit No. 2808 and can therefore send
packages about' 24 miles farther
east at the first zone rate than can
people in the west half of the county.
The people of the west half will have
this advantage over the east half
when sending packages towards the
west. The two Lake Lillians are in
unit No. 2809 and Holland and Rose
land townships are in unit No. 2859.
In the last named four towns there
are no postoffices so it will not make
any difference to the people there.
The boundaries of their zone will de
pend on which postoffice their mail
routes extend from.
The following postoffices are in the
same unit as Willmar and hence will
use the same map in determining the
rate to any given point—Raymond,
Svea, Pennock, Kerkhoven, Norway
Lake, Murdock, DeGraff, Brooten,
Sunburg and Swift Falls. The first
zone limits for these towns is a ter
ritory of which Elbow Lake in Grant
county marks the northwestern cor
ner, Minneota in Lyon county, the
southwest corner, Gibbon in Sibley
county the southeast corner, and a
point ten miles northwest of Little
Palls the northeast corner. The east
half of the county will have the first
zone limits moved just a half degree
of longitude farther east. At this
latitude 30 minutes of longitude
equals about 24 miles. The towns
reached from the Wlllmar unit at the
first zone rate includes all points on
the Fergus Division of the Great
Northern from Albany to Evansville
including Sauk Centre and Alexan
dria all points on the Northern Pa
cific from Morris to Swanville all
points.on the Soo line from Eden
Valley to Elbow Lake mam line of
the Great Northern from Litchfield
to Donnelly along the Milwaukee
from Stewart to Milan along the St.
Louis railroad from Morton to Boyd
and the Great Northern Sioux City
Duluth line from Cottonwood to Tar
ah also towns of Long Prairie, Min
neota, and others on other railroad
When we get outside of the first
zone, the local distances do not make
any appreciable difference and the
zone lines as shown on the large map
will serve in most cases to locate the
rates from all the territory in this
Cut out the above map and keep
for reference It will enable you to
figure out rates to principal places in
the U. S. without going to the post
office, unless such points he so near
the zone lines as to render the rate
The second zone rate from the
Willmar unit will include the cities of
St. Paul, Minneapolis, Fargo and
Sioux Falls.
The third zone rate from Willmar
and vicinity include the cities of Du
luth, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Yank
ton, Sioux City, Omaha and Decorah.
Within the fourth zone comes Chi
cago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Denver,
and Minot.
Within the sixth zone comes Seat
tle, Portland, Washington, D. Bos
ton, New York, Philadelphia, Jack
sonville and New Orleans.
Los Angeles and San Francisco
come in the seventh zone from Will
It will be seen by reference to the
table of rates of postage that it will
cost more per pound to send a pack
age a long distanre than it does to
send it a short distance. The rate in
creases for a package weighing one
pound at the rate of one cent for
each zone. No package weighing
more than 11 pounds can be sent un
der the new parcel post law. It
should be said right here than on the
long hauls the parcel post may not
be able to compete with the express
companies, but that on shorter hauls
it can so compete. It was the ex
pressed desire of the legislators and
of the postoffice officials that the
parcel post system should be made
of particular use to persons having
farm and factory products to trans
mit to customers.
It is probable that the government
will adopt a means of transportation
for certain kinds of its merchandise
much like those which have been
adopted in parcel post countries
Every unit touched by a zone circle is reckoned as being wholly with
in such circle for rate purposes.
abroad. What the English call ham
pers, basket-like arrangements prob
ably will be adopted, and as these
can be kept separate from the ordin
ary mail matter it is believed that the
regulations as finally adopted will al
low the sending of eggs, butter,
dressed poultry, live poultry, honey,
fruit, and other products of the
The 11-pound limit for a single
package may work at first against
any very extended use of the parcel
post for some of the articles which
have been named. Of course, more
weight can be sent if it is sent in dif
ferent parcels, but the cost in that
case would be heavier because the
increase per pound on a single pack
age is not great up to 11 pounds, and
probably it would increase at no
greater rate if the government were
to raise the limit of weight which is
now fixed. To make it simpler, it
Uncl Sam's Bi Present to Hi Children
will cost more to send two packages
of 11 pounds than it would to send
one package of 22 pounds if the gov
ernment eventually should allow a
heavier single package to be carried
and should charge in proportion just
what it does now for one package of
11 pounds weight.
Every postmaster in the United
States will have a parcel post map
like the one which is here reproduced
except that the zone lines will be
sbxwn with the unit of his postoffice
afiaT"^cenJ er. All that postmaster
witt have to~ do when a parcel is pre
sented for transportation is to find
out in what zone the destination of
the package lies. His table will show
him instantly the rate per pound
Map of the Nine Units Which Compose the 1st Zone for Parcels Post Rates
From the Willmar Unit No. 2858.
from the unit in which his postoffice
lies to the zone of the paskage's des
tinations, the price as has been ex
plained before, to every postoffice in
any one zone being the same. The
parcel post will take nothing but
fourth-class matter. Printed matter
is still in the third-class designation.
Therefore books cannot be sent by
the parcel post system. This the
postoffice authorities seem to think is
in a way unjust and may work a
hardship. It may be that in the fu
ture the law will be changed so as
to include all printed matter. It
seems to be certain that an attempt
will be made to bring about this
change as speedily as possible.
Postmaster General Hitchcock has
ordered that postmasters be advised
that parcel post packages cannot be
accepted for mailing unless they bear
a distinctive parcel post stamp and
have attached to them the return
Parcels Post map drawn from the official map used in all the postofficec of Unit No. 2858, vhwh includes the City of Willmar.
card of the sender. A series of dis
tinctive stamps is now in course of
preparation for this class of mail as
lequired by tl a law creating* the par
cel post system. Consignments of
thfebe st.imps i»ill bo readv for ship
ment to all postoffices in ample time
lor the establishment of the new sys
tem on New Year'- day.
It has been announced by Pcst
master General Hitchcock that near
ly 70,000 scales will be required foi
use in the parcel post system which
is to go into effect January 1st. He
has accordingly authorized the issu
ance of bids for that number. Two
hundred of the largest postoffices
and their branches will be supplied
with automatic springless scales.
The next class of offices, numbering
about 10,000, will be given high grade
beam scale, while the fourth class
offices, numbering about 55,000 will
be furnished with the best spring
balances obtainable, each having a
capacity for twenty pounds. These
scales will be used by postmasters to
determine the amount of postage re
quired on pareel post packages. The
fact that many now furnished with
scales of a limit capacity made it
necessary for the postmaster general
to make this very large purchase of
scales capable of taking care of the
parcel post business. It is under
stood that this was the largest sin
gle order ever placed for scales.
It should be said that the act of
congress which puts a parcel post
plan into operation does not in any
way affect the postage rate on seeds,
cuttings, bulbs, roots, scions and
plants as fixed by section 482 of the
postal laws and regulations.
The classification of articles mail
able as well as the weight limit, the
rates of postage, zone or zones and
other conditions of mailability under
the act of congress, if the postmast
er general shall find on experience
"that they or any of them are such
as to prevent the shipment of arti
cles desirable, or shall permanently
render the cost of the service, greater
than the receipts of the revenue
therefrom, he is hereby authorized,
subject to the consent of the inter
state commerce commission after in-
A Happy New Year
We wish to extend our hearty thanks
to the publie for the liberal patronage
received during the past year.
It shall be our aim to merit a continu
ance of the confidence and patronage
bestowed upon us in the past, by the
devotion of the best that is in us to
keeping our store up-to-dateand progres
sive for the benefit of our patrons.
Wishing one and all, a good year of
happiness and prosperity in 1913, we are
Very Truly Yours,
vestigation, to reform from time to
time such classification, weight limit,
rates, zone or zones or conditions, in
order to promote the service to the
public or to insure the receipt of rev
enue from such se ice adequate to
pay the cost thereof."
Through many years different
members of the house and senate
Parcels weighing four ounces or less are mailable at the rate of one
cent for each ounce or fraction of an ounce, regardless of distance. Par
cels weighing more than four ounces are mailable at the pound rates, as
shown by the following table, and when mailed at this rate any fraction
of a pound is considered a full pound.
*lst zone 2d 3d 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Wt. Local Zone zone zone zone zone zone zone zone
Lbs. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate.
I $0.05 $0.05 $0.06 $0.07 $0.08 $0.09 $0.10 $0.11 $0.12
2 06 .08 .10 .12 .14 .16 .19 2\ 24
3 .07 .11 .14 .17 .20 .23 .28 .31 .36
4 08 .14 .18 22 .26 .30 .37 .41 .48
5 09 .17 .22 .27 .32 .37 .46 .51 .60
6 .10 .20 26 .32 .38 .44 .55 .61 .72
7 II .23 .30 .37 .44 .51 .64 .71 .84
8 12 .26 .34 .42 .50 .58 .73 .81 .96
9 13 .29 .38 .47 .56 .65 .82 .91 1.08
10 14 .32 .42 .52 .62 .72 .91 1.01 120
15 .35 .46 .57 .68 .79 .100 III 1.32
"For a full explanation of the rates of postage in the First Zone see
the Parcel Post Guide.
have been interested in promoting
parcel post legislation. Among the
men most active in securing the leg
islation which soon is to go into ef
fect as law are Senator Jonathan
Bourne of Oregon, Representatives
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