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Friday, November 01, 2013 8:15 PM


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DELPHOS — In the early 1990s, when Carla Horstman started her route, she was distributing papers and listening to the popular music of the decade — NSYNC and Backstreet Boys — on a Walkman player.

“At that time, technology wasn’t extremely fancy like it is today,” Horstman stated. “I had a Walkman and now, younger kids have iPods and cell phones.”

She started delivering papers when she was 9 years old, had three different routes around town and passed close to 100 papers a day. Horstman delivered the paper after school and was out on her route by 3:30 p.m. each afternoon except on Saturdays when the paper had to be delivered by 8 a.m. She delivered the paper by bike and on foot and her route included most of the uptown businesses, Third, Fourth and some on Second streets. She remembers being paid 6 cents per paper.

“On Saturday mornings, I would always drive with my dad and he would help me deliver them,” she said proudly.

After three and a half years of passing papers, she became more active in school sports and had less time to spend on her routes. When she was 13 years old, her younger brother decided to take over the her routes.

By the time Horstman became a carrier, customers had been paying their subscriptions directly to the Herald’s office and she did not have the responsibility of collecting subscription dues.

Horstman said there were a few not-so-good experiences while passing papers on her route. On her very first day, she and her mother were meeting the customers on her route and her mother was bitten by a dog. Another instance entailed a man riding a bicycle and following her on the route.

“I tricked him by having him deliver a paper for me while I went into a business and had a man call the police,” Horstman said. “I was so freaked out.”

She said the man was arrested and transported to jail.

“Winter made delivering papers a little rough when it would snow but I always managed to get the job done,” Horstman stated. “I would always check the weather and see if I needed to bag them and keep them dry.”

Horstman said that most of the time customers’ walks and steps were not shoveled.

“My dad would come home for his lunch break and drive me to deliver papers if the weather was bad,” she said. “My mom would also help by rolling the papers and delivering them as well.”


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