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Mike Watson history: Christine, Ella and Eunice

By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

There was a time when every small community in America had a postoffice within an easy walk. There was no mail delivery, so a localoffice was considered a necessity. The names submitted, generally bythe potential first post master, had to be approved by the officialsin Washington, DC. Often, names submitted by men were in honor ofwife, daughter, sister, or sweetheart. Examination of lists of postoffices reveals a large percentage named for the ladies. AdairCounty was no exception.


Christine post office was established in Adair County in November1923. According to several sources, one being the late historian,Nancy Montgomery Berley, Christine was named for Christine Nell,daughter of Dr. Lawrence C. Nell. The first postmaster at Christinewas Mrs. Lena E. Wilkerson.

Ella post office was established in September 1904 with Silas G.Tarter as first postmaster. The post master submitted the name "Ella"in honor of either his wife or his daughter. Mrs. Tarter was named LouElla, commonly called Ella, according to some sources. The Tarter'shad a daughter, Laura E., born in 1898 or 1899.

Eunice post office was established in June 1896 with Robert WelbyAllen as first post master. The name submitted by Mr. Allen was"Eunice" in honor of his daughter. Mr. Allen operated a store at whatcame to be Eunice. The store burned one night in June 1900. Nothingwas said of the post office being destroyed, but it was almostcertainly housed in his store. Mr. Allen later resigned as postmasterand John M. Vaughan took over in April 1901. Mr. Allen moved hisfamily from Adair County about 1903 and settled first at Selma,Kansas, then at Anson, Kansas, where he was a merchant in 1910. Hiswife and daughter, Eunice, visited relatives in Adair County in 1909.

Mike Watson


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