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By Karla Pomeroy

Worland postal carrier hangs up mail bag

After 25 years of service, Jill Frahm retires from U.S. Postal Service


April 1, 2017

Karla Pomeroy

WORLAND - What was meant to be a seasonal job to earn some additional Christmas money turned into a 25-year career, 16 as a full-time employee, with the U.S. Postal Service for carrier Jill Frahm of Worland.

Frahm remembers her first day was Halloween 1991. She was a "Christmas casual" employee. "I was just trying to supplement our income at Christmas. I was thinking I'd work just a couple of months and here we are."

She said she decided to continue her employment with the Postal Service following the first couple months because her children were in school so "I didn't have the guilt of not being home for them. Here I get done at 3 so I could be home when they got out of school," Frahm said.

She continued for the next 25 years because "You get lots of exercise, I like being outdoors, I like the people I work with and the customers are great," Frahm said.

As a seasonal and then part-time flexible carrier Frahm knew all four routes. She said while she was born and raised in Worland she knew the community, but being a carrier on all four routes she got to know where everyone lived and after a while she'd know exactly where the mail went by name rather than address.

"It's been a good career for me," Frahm said. "I've seen a lot of changes."

One of the biggest changes is the scanners for tracking packages. "It adds a lot of time to the routes when you have to scan packages," she said. Frahm said while it does add time to her route she knows the feature is better for her customers in helping them know where their packages are in the delivery process.

Frahm took the motto rain, snow, sleet or hail seriously, noting that the only time in her 25 years that the Postal Service ever shut down in Worland due to a severe snow storm, she still made it in and delivered her route. Her husband David said that the storm brought four- to five-foot drifts to some door steps.

The weather is just one of many obstacles carriers encounter. Frahm said she has been chased by dogs, battled walking in extreme cold and extreme heat, getting the vehicle stuck in snow drifts and lost keys, including one time she accidentally dropped them in a storm water drain, but was able to fish them out and get back on task of delivering the mail.

Why retire now? "I'm getting old and tired. I walk eight miles a day. It's a hard job on the body," Frahm said.

Frahm's last day delivering on her City 1 Route was Thursday, following a party of breakfast burritos and cake. She was scheduled for the long weekend. Her first official day of retirement is today but it won't hit her until Monday when she can sleep in and not have to get up to deliver the mail.

Her fellow carriers, while wishing her well on Thursday, were lamenting the fact they would miss her Christmas waffles. Each year right before Christmas, on whatever day she had off closest to the holiday, she would bring down waffle batter, waffle maker and all the fixings and fix waffles for everyone at the Worland Post Office. Occasionally family members have been pulled in to assist.

Frahm and her husband David have three daughters and seven grandchildren. She said he plans to use her retirement free time to spend more time with her mother who is at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation.


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