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MIKE WATSON: Adair County post office list

By Mike Watson

Adair County Post Offices, a listing

The post-Civil War era brought about an explosion of post offices across the United States. With a need to dispense a greater volume of personal communication and growing mail order business materials, more mail was delivered to the average citizen than had ever been imagined possible. In time, post offices were rarely more than three miles from the homes of most Americans. Postmaster appointments were made by the United States Postal Department in Washington, D.C. and were usually politically motivated. It was usual for the postmaster to change with each presidential administration. This practice was modified in 1917, which is the reason we begin to see longer terms served by postmasters - thirty years and more not being unusual.

Adair County had her fair share of post offices. Names changed for various reasons, discontinuation of service and re-establishment of same were common. County lines were ambiguous when it came to postal service, but Washington kept tract of a post office by the county in which it was housed. Some of the Adair post offices were in one county, then another, nothing changing but the physical location of the office. Locations of post offices were ultimately determined by the postmaster in the early days, typically housed in a local store.

The following is a list of those offices once located in Adair County:
Absher, Basil, Belmont, Big Creek, Bliss, Breeding - began as Breeding's, Cane Valley, Cape, Casey Creek, Chance, Cherry Shade, Christine, Coburg, Coleman, Columbia - originally Columbia Court House, Craycraft, Crocus - originally Millersville, Cundiff, Dillingham, Dirigo, Dulworth, East Fork, Edith, Ella, Elroy, Eunice, Fairplay - initially Fair Play, Gadberry, Garlin, Gentry's Mill, Gifford - original name of Inroad, Glensfork- when incorporated the town was named Glenville, Gradyville, Heraline, Hogard, Holmes, Hovious, Inroad, Joppa, Keltner, Kemp, Kerns, Knifley, Little Cake, Lowgap, Matney, McGaha, Millersville, Milltown, Montpelier, Neatsburg, Neatsville, Nell, Ozark, Parson, Pellyton, Perryman, Pickett, Picnic, Portland, Purdy, Pyrus, Rexroat, Roy, Rugby, Sano, Santo - which preceded Sano by two years, Sparksville, Speck, Stotts, Sulphur Fork, Tampico, Tarter, Toria, Turk, Tyler - name changed to Little Cake, Vester, Victoria, Watson, Weed.
Considerable research has been done on these offices, but so much more could be found in obscure records and in private hands...and minds! MW - Mike Watson

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