Seven decades later, retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Thomas Ward still remembers the details of his Baltimore Sun paper route, calling the Windsor Hills terrain "horrible."
For $2.40 a week, 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday, he walked. His final paper of the morning went to a house far distant from the street, deep within Gwynns Falls Park.
"I was hoping they would stop taking the paper, but it never happened," says Ward, now 85.
Early-morning darkness shrouds most paperboys and girls, granting a little anonymity. Yet some former Sun carriers have grown up to be among Baltimore's best-known residents. Today, the system...