Melrose Park Mailman, Retiring After 60 Years, Among Longest-serving in History

Sunday, August 13, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

When Garland Gralow, 83, of Melrose Park, began working with the United States Postal Service in 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

Sixty years and 11 presidents later, Gralow has reached the end of the 25th Avenue route he’s worked ever since joining the postal service, according to an Aug. 2 report by CBS Chicago, which covered the popular postal worker’s last days on the job before retiring.

Among some tidbits of that CBS report:

  • Garland’s only been bit by a dog once in his six decades as a letter carrier.
  • He had the opportunity to retire in 1988, but chose not to.
  • He once “delivered the mail barefoot in knee-deep floodwater.”

To read more, and listen to a WBBM Newsradio report, about Gralow, click here. VFP

Featured photo: Gralow, left, on his route with a WBBM Newsradio reporter. | United States Postal Service

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