The first mail service in the Winfield area was that offered by Charles Lawson who used to carry the mail on horseback from Swan Lake to Okanagan Mission around 1872. Apparently he used to shout at the top of his voice as he passed ranches to announce the mail, and also he wore his best clothes because he figured if he met an accident he “… would be ashamed to be found in his old clothes whilst in charge of the Royal Mails”!
Source: Powley, Mrs. W. R., comp. Winfield 1958. Early days of Winfield, B.C. n.p.: Winfield Women’s Institute, 1958. p. 13.