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The history of mail has had an enormous impact on the culture of the Sydenham River Watershed.

Before popular radio became available in the 1920’s, people in this area were totally dependent on newspapers and mail for news from city centres like Sarnia, Windsor, and Toronto. If you lived in a village, that was easy; you could walk to the local store and pick up a paper or your mail every day.

The Delaware post office.  This building would have served as a post office, shop and home.
The Delaware post office. This building would have served as a post office, shop and home.
For those who lived in the rural area, picking up the newspaper or the mail meant a trek into town on extremely rough and muddy roads. Depending on where you lived, this could take a lot of time. To make it easier, postmasters built post offices every couple of miles or so. Often post offices were inside a general store. More people would build homes close to the general store and villages would appear.

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