Scott Watkins

Squarely on the front porch

Squarely on the front porch

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...