One hundred and one years ago, the first newspapers of 1910 told of a smallpox scare and gave glimpses of a quiet Lodi that was slowly emerging as a new modern city.
On Jan. 1, 1910, the Lodi Sentinel front page carried a top story about the Post Office urging rural patrons to stop putting loose coins in their mailboxes. Patrons were dropping pennies inside in order to pay their carriers for postage on the outgoing mail. Picking up the loose change "causes difficulty for carriers" who might drop and loose them, and it also slows mail delivery down. The Post Office urged rural patrons to have the appropriate stamps on hand or to have a "proper coin receptacle" in their mailbox.