Report of the Auditor General for the Year Ended June 30, 1903 - P.E.I. Post Office


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The following document excerpted from the 1903 Auditor General's Report will be of interest to genealogists, historians, and postal collectors/historians. This document details the costs of the Post Office on Prince Edward Island in the year preceeding June 30, 1903. It includes the salaries of railway clerks, city postal clerks, the postmaster, earnings by office and more. One might note: it also includes the costs of the winter Ice Boat mail service, and the boarding of postal clerks in Sackville during the winter of 1902/03, and a comparison of earnings, costs with the preceeding year....


Report of the Auditor General for the Year Ended June 30, 1903 Vol. II Parts Q-Y

Items related to the Post Office in Prince Edward Island extracted from the above report:

Page S-20

Post Office: Mail Service by Railways

Distance

# of
Days

Amount

TTL.

Prince Edward Isl. Ry. 12 m. to June 30:-

 

 

 

 

Main Line at $50 per mile per annum

206.6

313

10,330.00

 

Special trains, winter mail service
[ see P.E.I.'s Ice Boats ], between Charlottetown, Georgetown and Cape Traverse at $25 per train mile

 

 

1,283.82

 

Total:

 

 

 

11,613.82

Page S-28

Superintendants and Railway Mail Clerks - Salaries:

Crabbe, O. R., 1st class clerk - Salary $960.; Mileage: $196.65

1,156.65

Cullin, J. F., 3rd class clerk - Salary $516.57.; Mileage $196.61

686.28

Grant, T. V., 3rd class clerk - Salary $465.97.; Mileage $81.32

547.29

Haszard, T. W., 2nd class clerk - Salary $800.; Mileage $207.96

1,007.96

McLean, F. C., 3rd class clerk - Salary $519.17.; Mileage $220.79

739.96

Macdonald, D. J., 2nd class clerk - Salary $800.; Mileage $221.43

1,021.43

Page S-30

City Post Offices - Salaries:

Charlottetown Post Office

($12,283.49)

 

 

Brecken, F. de St. C., postmaster and asst. post office inspector

2,200.00

Campbell, John M., asst. postmaster

1,200.00

Brehaut, Wm. M., 3rd class clerk

405.00

Callaghan, James A., 3rd class clerk

760.00

Clarkin, Jno. T, 3rd class clerk

720.00

Gill, W. H. T., 3rd class clerk

778.49

Hughes, John M., 3rd class clerk

720.00

Lawson, John A., 2nd class clerk

1,200.00

McCarey, Joseph, 2nd class clerk

1,100.00

Robertson, John N., 3rd class clerk

800.00

Trainor, Bernard, 2nd class clerk

1,200.00

White, Nicholas, 2nd class clerk

1,200.00

Page S-47

Post Office: City Post Offices - Contingencies:

Charlottetown Post Office

($1,406.86)

F. de St. C. Brecken, postmaster and assistant inspector, travelling expenses, 15 days

21.80

J. M. Campbell, assistant postmaster, travelling expenses, 35 days

44.14

Actual expenses of railway mail clerks, at Sackville, sorting P.E. Island mails [ see P.E.I.'s Ice Boats ]: James F. Cullen, board, 60 1/2 days, $121; sundry supplies, $51.89; T. V. Grant, board, 68 1/4 days, $136.50; Fred C. McLean, board, 9 days, $18.; small supplies, $2.25

329.64

Board of railway mail clerks on steamers -

 

  • Charlottetown Steam Navigation Co., 203 days (Summerside and Pointe du Chêne) at $1.16

235.48

  • A. Lord, agent of Marine and Fisheries, 15 days at $1; 11 days at $2 (Minto and Stanley)

137.00

Harper, Allen, Cape Tormentine: carrying mails during winter mail service, [ see P.E.I.'s Ice Boats ], 69 days at $75 c. [ Note: This service continued even after the steamer service began, the ice boats supplementing the steamer service during the mid-winter months, when ice often interrupted the steamer service. The last ice boat run was in 1917.]

51.75

George W. Gardiner, Charlottetown, printing Postal Guides, 12 m. to June 30

120.00

Kenneth Findlayson, taking down and erecting street letter boxes

8.00

Mary Mathieson: charwoman, 12 m. to June 30, $120; washing towels, $36; extra scrubbing, $10

166.00

J. D. McLeod & Co., Charlottetown, angle lamp and extra globes, $6.40; soap, matches, and small supplies, $11.82

18.21

Telegrams to June 29, 1903, $87.80; rent of telephone, 12 m. to June 30, 1903, $50; tolls, $5.23

143.03

Expenses of acting mail clerk Brehau, $5.25, erecting one letter box, $1

6.25

Public Printing and Stationery Dept., sundry stationary supplies

125.56

Page S-56

Summary of Postmaster's Returns:

1901/02

Summary

Pgs.

1902/03

Increase

Decrease

Revenue:-

 

 

 

 

 

47,803.72

Prince Edward Island

77

50,004.59

2,200.87

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Expenses:-

 

 

 

 

 

15,229.40

Prince Edward Island

77

15,776.79

546.79

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Page S-60

Rent of Letter Boxes and Drawers:

Prince Edward Island

($1,652.86)

Charlottetown

1,324.46

Montague Bridge

44.80

Summerside

283.60

Page S-62

Discount to Stamp Vendors:

Prince Edward Island

($336.11)

Charlottetown

331.67

Summerside

4.44

Page S-77

Postmaster's Returns:

Prince Edward Island

Post Office Revenue

Salaries, Allowances, and Commissions

Alberton

1,181.35

588.56

Belfast

270.66

165.86

Breadalbane

261.86

161.73

Bridgetown

194.83

92.13

Cardigan Bridge

469.59

243.21

Charlottetown

18,601.47

14.18

Coleman

316.99

130.87

Freetown

200.88

90.96

Georgetown

736.96

477.52

Head of St. Peter's Bay

392.43

197.47

Kensington

690.73

386.95

Montague Bridge

1,329.75

630.20

Morell Station

314.72

132.05

Mount Stewart

336.78

172.37

Murray Harbour, South

296.59

173.71

Murray River

348.44

128.85

New Glasgow

126.30

69.67

O'Leary Station

522.31

196.00

Souris East

1,532.61

711.79

Stanley Bridge

247.59

117.74

Summerside

5,033.46

1,653.78

Tignish

777.56

474.13

Vernon River Bridge

169.99

78.33

Victoria

284.12

14.17

Non - accounting Post Offices

15,397.79

8,543.66

 

 

 

Less: Stamps affixed to
Postal notes to extend value

 
31.17

 

Total:

50,004.59

 


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