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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Danny Seagraves leaves his post office

  • When Danny E. Seagraves took the job at the Eldorado Post Office he was fresh out of the Navy and the Viet Nam conflict was still raging. That war is long over and Seagraves is preparing to retire Thursday from the Eldorado Post Office after 40 years and seven months of active service.
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  • Danny Seagraves leaves his post office
     
    By Tom Kane
    Staff writer
    When Danny E. Seagraves took the job at the Eldorado Post Office he was fresh out of the Navy and the Viet Nam conflict was still raging. That war is long over and Seagraves is preparing to retire Thursday from the Eldorado Post Office after 40 years and seven months of active service.
    "Out of the 20 people I started with only six survive," he said.
    Seagraves got lucky in the service. His first cruise on the USS Francis Marion, a transport ship, was to the Mediterranean Sea and lasted a year. Not bad, during Viet Nam.
    "I traveled so much in the Navy, I don't have any desire to do so when I retire.
    I am going to stay put," he said.
    Whereas some might criticize postal work as repetitious, Seagraves didn't find it that way at all.
    "There's never a dull moment in the postal service" he said, quoting a company motto.
    Outside the post office, Seagraves is very active in community organizations. Each Christmas he and his wife play the role of Santa and Mrs. Claus for Main Street Eldorado.
    "Helping people is what my wife and I like best," Seagraves said.
    Proof of that is his work with the American Legion. He helps veterans and their widows get the benefits they are entitled to from the VA.
    He was born in Eldorado and grew up there.
    He tells of a fellow clerk who advised him when he first started that if a customer wants to argue the clerk should step back so as not to be struck with a fist.
    "Gerald Camp gave me some valuable advice back then," he said.
    He found it amusing that patrons would make such a fuss over a single penny.
    One patron came in after a rate raise and demanded $20 worth of one cent stamps.
    When Seagraves started counting out sheet after sheet of one cent stamps the customer changed his tune and only purchased a few.
    Seagrave is Post Commander of American Legion Post 169 and also the unit's adjutant. His three sons and three grandsons are all members. He attends Wesley Chapel in Eldorado.

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