Today is the last day for retiring Postmaster, Eddie Hudson. Good luck, Eddie!
In 503 B.C., Herodotus said "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
Though never being deemed an official statement by the United States Postal Service, the motto has been adopted by many and attributed the one of the longest-running and consistent United States Government institutions.
The agency, formed in Philadelphia in 1775, has a Boonville office. Eddie Hudson, Boonville's current Postmaster, will leave the building today and become its former postmaster after more than 15 years of serving the community. Today is his last day. He's retiring.
"I've been postmaster here for almost 16 years, so I consider myself from around here. It's become home and it's going to stay home," Hudson said.
Prior to his long-standing tenure in Boonville, Hudson worked the same role he currently holds in both Martinsburg and Monroe City. He transferred to Spring Street in 1996. Located across the street from Boonville's recently former City Hall, the building was erected in 1967.
"When I was working in the private sector, I'd thought that I always wanted to be a Postal employee. I started out as a city carrier in 1981 in Mexico," said Hudson.
Little did the Postmaster know at the time that his career would cover over three decades – 31.5 years, to be precise.
"I worked there six years and decided that I wanted to get into management – so I worked in different positions as a supervisor in different towns – and then got my first promotion in 1989 at Martinsburg," he said.
Hudson oversees – or oversaw – 17 employees and is hesitant to speculate on the amount of mail Boonville's facility filters through each day.
"The amounts are just too different from day to day to put a number on, but you can absolutely count on mail always coming and going," said Hudson.
Mr. Hudson's plans for retirement are what they should be – uncertain and relaxed.
"A lot of people have asked me what I plan to do when I leave. I really don't have anything planned. I've got a few projects around the house that I want to work on and I want to devote more time to travel – normal stuff," he said.
Never in the history of the world has a retirement party taken place as early as it did this morning at the Post Office. Appropriately, though, nobody rises as early as Postal employees. Hudson was surrounded by his wife, his friends and retirees.
Leo Reed, Salisbury's Postmaster, will take Hudson's title from him after he leaves work today. The almost-former Postmaster had these parting words for Boonville:
There's not one individual I'd like to say 'thank you' to. We're a team here, and always have been. Not one person can do anything in this office. My years here have been good, and I want everyone I've worked with to feel appreciated, but I want to thank everyone together as a team rather than individually," he said.