Collinsville, Oklahoma
September 6 , 2023
Rose Rhodes Interview
101 Year Old Former Collinsville Post Office Employee
Audio Interview by Linda Wilson

Ada Rose Rhodes was born April 16, 1922 and graduated from Owasso High School in 1940.

She married Lester "Dutch" Rhodes in 1942 (here on Center Street) during World War II. He served in North Africa, Italy and Germany. He later drove egg truck, then later for Sol Crocker.

1936 to Morrow place. She had lived with Mrs. Harriet Ellingwood at 14th and Maple.

She came to the Collinsville Post Office in 1948 when the Post Office was in the back of the Bayouth Building. O.V. Stevens was her first postmaster. She recalls other postal employees: Arlie Oakson, Bob Wode, Burl Lazlier, Kenneth Sheehan, Don Barrett, Charlie Payne, Martha Howell. She moved with Post Office to Main Street and later Center Street where they had more room. She advanced from clerk to assistant postmaster. She retired from Post Office in 1983. She was a stamp collector.

Rose's mother was Alice Tate (who lived at 15th and Center). Rose was youngest of 7 kids. Alice first married Joe Payne (a Federal Marshall). She married in 1892.

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