After 27 plus years Harvin Langenbau, Garwin, rural mail carrier, has sorted his last letter and made his last mail delivery on February 28, 2013.
Harvin began his career in the latter part of 1983 out of the Garwin Post Office subbing for Roger Lewis part-time when Shirley Knodd was Postmaster at Garwin. He became a full time mail carrier in January of 1990 after Roger retired. Ann Erickson was now Post Master at Garwin.
Harvin enjoyed getting out everyday, especially the nice ones. There have been only a couple of days of his career he was unable to deliver mail because of the weather. Harvin like the fact that he could keep an eye on his customers in case of something strange-he was there to help them. Harvin says his customers looked out for him as well.
Harvin Langenbau, left, is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his years of service to the Post Office from Jim Husak, Gladbrook Postmaster, on his last day of work on February 28, 2013.
His route started out at 85 miles a day, six days a week, a 37 hour work week. When Green Mountain lost their Post Office his route became 117 miles a day. Ten years ago he picked up more miles putting his route up to 145 miles a day. Harvin liked to joke "it was a half a block to work and 145 miles to get home."
After the Super Storm of July 2011, when the Garwin Post Office was destroyed, mail then was brought to the Gladbrook Post Office and Harvin worked out of there.
On March 16, 2012, Harvin was honored as he reached the Million Mile Club.
Harvin was raised on the family farm, where his brother Raynard now lives. He spent four years in the service and for many years owned and operated the R & H Grocery Store in Garwin.
For 27 years Harvin was a fixture at the GMG football games as he volunteered to manage the scoreboard and run the game clock. Every Friday home game Harvin would climb the ladder to the press box and donate his time. Not only did he manage the football scoreboard, he also ran the game clock for all the home GMG basketball games.
Harvin left on a high note, he enjoyed everyone he worked with.
Harvin plans to keep busy with helping his brother and nephew farm and helping other family members with their businesses, watching his grandchildren in sports, just being able to go where he wants, with no pressure-maybe even taking his wife on a cruise.