Death of Retired Post Office Official Who Had Served Fifty Years
Henry C. Chatto, who amassed 56 years of faithful postal service as acting postmaster, and was a past commander of the Maine Division, Sons of Union Veterans, died at his residence 33 Gay street, Tuesday morning after a long period of ill health.
Mr. Chatto was born in Blue ? Dec 27, 1869, was educated in the Rockland public schools and worked briefly as a grocery clerk.
April 1, 1889, he entered the Post Office service as a letter carrier in which position he served 29 1/2 years before he was transferred to the clerical department. He was appointed assistant postmaster April 1, 1917, and became acting postmaster upon the death of G. Herbert Blethen.
During the period of the war he had charge of 43 offices in Knox County as central accounting officer. Friends volunteered their support if he would accept the postmastership, be he was satisfied to remain on duty as an executive officer.
Mr. Chatto was a past commander of the Maine Department Sons of Union Veterans, a 32nd degree Mason, and has passed through the chairs of Knox Lodge, I.O.O.F and Rockland Encampment.
With his retirement the Rockland Post Office lost a highly valued official, whose efficiency and courteous service were widely appreciated by patrons of the office.
The outstanding feature of Mr. Chatto’s service for the local office was seen in the new annex to the Post Office building. It was as assistant postmaster that he made the first request for extra floor space, and drawings which he provided resulted in the decision to build the new wing, which was done in 1936-37.
The demand for a reliable map of city streets in connection with Post Office work prompted Mr. Chatto to draft the city map so extensively in use at present time. By permission, the Chamber of Commerce used this map in connection with the city directory and copies are found in the back of all local directories.
Mr. Chatto was a long-time member of the Congregational Church and was an ardent Rotarian until growing infirmities caused he retirement. He was one of the small group of men whose unselfish efforts made possible the purchase of Community Park and its gift in trust to the City for the benefit of the youth of Rockland.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Miss Frances Chatto.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon and were largely attended. Rev. Charles R. Monteith of the Congregational Church officiating. Bearers were George Stewart, Ansel Saunders, Millard Hart, and Albert Averill, active and retire post-office employees. Interment was in Achorn Cemetery.
Among the beautiful floral tributes were pieces from the Rockland Post Office staff, the neighborhood Group, the office of the Internal Revenue Dept in Augusta where Miss Frances Chatto is employed, also the Augusta Girls’s Club and a group of close friends of Miss Chatto.
Burial at Achorn Cemetery, Rockland, Knox, Maine