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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sugar Land Post Office

The Laperouse-Krehmeier family photo collection includes these pictures of the old Sugar Land Post Office - the one located in the Imperial Offices that once stood north of Highway 90A in front of the refinery. Mrs. Laperouse worked in the Post Office for years. I'm not sure of the date, but I think these were taken in the late '40s or early '50s.

The first two show the interior of the small room behind the customer window. Carrolle Smith Rome is the woman on the left in the first picture. Mrs. Iiams appears in the second photo. The third shows customers in front of the window. I should be able to identify most of these people, but I can't. The only person I can name with certainty is Lillian Grohman, who is standing in the left-hand corner.

This last picture comes from The Mirror and was published in 1960. (It's not very clear, but it's the best I've got.) It shows Mrs. Iiams at the end of her career as Post Mistress. She is standing in the Post Office located in the shopping center on the south side of Highway 90A. I assume it was shot through the customer window. The mail boxes are on the right. There was also a door into the mail room on the right just by the boxes. My grandmother Rachuig worked in the Post Office for a while in the 1950s.

Mrs. Iiams was quite a character. My brother has a good story about her imperious way of dealing with customers. I remember that she scandalized the town by wearing short-shorts in public when she was in her 70s. My how times have changed.