Working as Post Mistress at Logie Post Office by Jean Raphael

 Raphael Cathay Nursing HomeJean started her working life in 1934 at the age of 14 helping her Mother run their local post office and shop in Logie. Prior to that she had attended the school in Logie just behind the shop. Jean and family lived in the same building and her Mother was the postmistress. Her Father, a farm worker had died fairly young and Jean’s Mother, Caroline had to support Jean and her two older sisters by herself.

Logie House   This was an estate of the Cummings (Comyns) of Logie, rivals of Robert the Bruce. The earliest part of the house dates from 1655, it was rebuilt in the late 18th century and re-styled in 1860 with crow-stepped gables, white harled and with angle turrets.

Logie House

The van brought the deliveries once a week from a supplier in Elgin. The post office sold lots of stamps, postal orders and national insurance stamps. Money was sent to Elgin weekly. The shop was a busy place. Most of the customers were farm workers. Logie House servants were also regular visitors and occasionally the lady of the house would pay a visit. The shop was able to run an Austin car. Her older sister worked in the post office as well. Jean took over as postmistress and eventually her daughter followed Jean into the same post.

Memory contributed by Jean Raphael from Forres

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