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Riders get cooperation for warmer Valentine ride

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017

SE WY Pony Express member George Branscom looks over the bags of Valentine mail carried by the group from Guernsey to Hartville Saturday monring in front of the post office.

HARTVILLE--Mother Nature played nice on Saturday, an act surely appreciated by riders from the local Pony Express groups that held their annual Valentine Card Ride from Guernsey to Hartville Saturday.

Fourteen riders carried Valentine mail deposited in special boxes distributed throughout Converse, Platte and Goshen Counties to the Hartville Post Office where they will receive the special Valentine cancellation authorized by the U. S. Postal Service.

Over 2,000 pieces of mail were marked with a special hand stamp that shows they were carried by the Pony Express Group as well as receiving the special Valentine cancellation. Mail was addressed to 35 states in the U. S. as well as places in East Africa and Australia this year.

Riders included Curt Artery, Angie Montgomery, Les Bennington, Donnie Norvell, Stephanie Goulart, Tony Goulart, Alicia Goulart, Adahline Goulart, Tim Heer, Ray McNally, Rick Bretton, Bill Sinnard, Les Bennington, Pam Joern and Tifany Hegglund.

Additional members and spouses helped with transportation, road escorts and gates.

The Town of Hartville provided refreshments to the riders after they delivered the bags of mail to the post office.

Hartville Mayor Dave Lohr and a few local residents were on hand to greet the riders as they rode into town.

This is the eighth year for the annual ride. The group also does a similar ride at Christmas time.

The local group is part of the National Pony Express Association that was formed in 1978 to carry on the story and the legacy of the original PonyExpress that ran between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California for approximately 19 months in 1860-1861, covering the 1,966 miles in 10 days.

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