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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Harrisburg Postal Clerk completes 25 years of service

  • Three dogs had him trapped on the roof of a white Dodge, two dobermans and a pit bull, but postman Lennie L. Kaylor did not drop the mail.
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  • Three dogs had him trapped on the roof of a white Dodge, two dobermans and a pit bull, but postman Lennie L. Kaylor did not drop the mail.
    That incident on South Vine Street was in the 1990s while Kaylor was still working outside delivering mail in Harrisburg. In 1996 he moved indoors.
    His most vivid memory from his 25 years of service was coming over a hill on state Route 145 and seeing the damage to Harrisburg from the Leap Day Tornado.
    "Things were just gone that had been there yesterday," he said.
    Kaylor started with the Postal Service at age 34 in Golconda on Dec. 8, 1988. He worked part time at first and transferred to Harrisburg in 1990 where he became a full time window clerk in 1996. He has worked that position ever since.
    He received a certificate of service and a solid gold pin this week, a bonus gift for a job he loves.
    "I love the people," he said. "I have a lot of ladies who bring me pies, cakes and chocolates. I have missed walking the route. The exercise, the weather, the people were all great."
    Life is taking a dramatic change for Kaylor as he begins his next 25 years.
    "I just got married and we are building a house. Rhonda and I like to do yard work and I like to fish. I have a son in Nashville and we get together as often as we can," he said.
    Kaylor says the office camaraderie is another enjoyable aspect of his job.
    "There's a great group of people here at the post office. We entertain each other," he said.
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