Newton postmaster says hers
is a 'dream job'
By Molly Farmer
March 29, 2006 | By greeting each Newton resident
that enters the post office with a personal hello, Postmaster
Carol Jensen demonstrates how being a postmaster is
about care and concern, not just stamps and envelopes.
Jensen, who has been postmaster of Newton for a year
and a half, said she considers her profession to be
a dream job because the people of Newton are wonderful.
"Sometimes they just need a sounding board," Jensen
said of the residents who share their thoughts with
There are no mail boxes in Newton, so all mail is
sorted into one of the 346 post office boxes that are
free to all residents, Jensen said. Some people come
in every day, she said, and conversations extend from
farming talk, to the latest on what surgery someone
is going to have, though she said gossip is never discussed.
"What comes to the post office stays at the post office,"
Within the walls of the remodeled gas station that
is now the Newton post office, people tell Jensen little
pieces of their lives and she said she's likely to share
with them pieces of hers. A Providence resident and
grandmother of three, Jensen has been a post office
employee for about nine years and has made the 25 minute
drive to Newton for the past year and a half. She said
part of the job she really enjoys is the drive as she
gets to see the birds migrate.
Jensen grew up in Providence and went to Cache County
schools. She attended Utah State University "for half
a minute," and has worked in post offices in Logan,
Hyrum, and currently Newton.
A good postal worker recognizes the responsibility
they have to handle each piece of mail like it's important,
Jensen said, as people are entrusting their prized possessions
to their care. Jensen said that while most things mailed
aren't valuable monetarily, things like genealogy charts
and family histories are very important to senders and
receivers. Many different kinds of live birds are sent
through the mail in the springtime, Jensen said, which
makes that time of year especially exciting.
"The post office was rated the most trusted government
agency," she said, and every postal worker she knows
takes their job very seriously. She said when she was
a postal carrier it wasn't uncommon to knock on someone's
door if they hadn't picked up their mail in a few days
just to make sure everything was OK. Jensen said the
thing that makes the job most satisfying is "the role
that you play in their life."
One trend Jensen said she has noticed is how more
men pick up the mail as women are employed outside the
community. She said it's more likely for them to stop
and chat with each other in the winter when farming
slows down than in the summer.
"It's been a really good thing," Jensen said of her