Almy Descendant No. 1407-1532

281. PHILIP WILLIAM8 ALMY (Philip William7, Sanford6-5, John4, Job3-2, William1),b. Little Compton, RI, 9 Nov 1872; d. Fall River, MA, 13 Nov 1963.

He m. East Providence, RI, 12 Dec 1898, GRACE ELLA BOURNE, b. East Providence, 6 Oct 1877; d. Fall River, 15 Aug 1961; dau of Baylies T. and Ella (Green) Bourne.

Children, born East Providence:

iPHILIP WILLIAM9, b. 27 Nov 1903; d. Fall River, 2 Jan 1996; m. Fall River, MA, 9 Jul 1930, DOROTHY TERRY, b. Fall River, 13 Dec 1904; dau of George I. and Anna B. (Orton) Terry. They resided in Little Compton.
424iiCHARLES BOURNE, b. 7 Jun 1909; m. Hartford, CT, 26 Aug 1931, MARION ESTHER WILLIAMS, b. 15 Apr 1906; dau of John and Elizabeth (Burrows) Williams.
iiiLOIS BROWN, b. 22 May 1917. Unmarried.

Phillip and Grace died in the Union Hospital, Fall River, MA, but they were residents of Little Compton, RI.

Son Philip (1903-1996) was a Little Compton Town Council member from 1960 to 1966, and its chairman from 1960 to 1962. Philip was a mail carrier for more than 40 years in Little Compton, Tiverton, and Fall River, before retiring in 1966.

The following was written by Lois B. Almy about her mother. "On December 12, 1933, Mrs. Philip W. (Grace B.) Almy started to work at the Little Compton Post Office. It was her 35th Wedding Anniversary, but that did not stop her from reporting to work for the first day of which was to become 15 years on the job.

"Mrs. Edmund (Mabel) Carton had just been killed in an automobile accident in Tiverton and Mrs. Almy went in the Post Office as an assistant to help Mrs. Warren (Faley) Wordell who was the Assistant Postmaster with Mrs. Carton. Mrs. Wordell fully expected to be appointed Postmaster. However, within two weeks she became ill and died, leaving Mrs. Almy alone until she passed the Civil Service examination and was appointed to the job of Postmaster. Besides the main office, the Postmaster had to supervise two delivery routes, and the star route operated by her son, Philip W. Almy, Jr. The star route took the mail from the Post Office in Little Compton to Tiverton. Later Fall River was Added to the route. The two R.F.D. routes serviced the outlying areas. The Postmaster had to ride with the rural carrier on a regular schedule to inspect the boxes and roads travelled.

"On October 6, 1947 the Postmaster reached 70 years of age, which was the official retirement age. So she was forced to retire although she felt she was capable of doing the work. On December 31, 1948, Grace B. Almy cancelled her last letter and retired."