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JIM: The US Postal Service & county of residence confusion

Names and places and things that go bump in the night: Jim confronts the confusion caused by mailing address vs. county of residence, specifically with Breeding, Webb's Crossroads, Font Hill, and Montpelier - with a proposal for a Montpelier County. There may be other situations readers think of. At CM, we're still wrestling with what county a person from dynamic Dunnville is from, and have not the mind enough to wrap around the same question for Feathersburg, Elkhorn, Hardyville, or Prices Creek. Pokemon cannot help us on these great issues of the day. Or can it? - CM
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By jim

I feel the mailing address / place of residence pain in the "inconsistencies" you mention, as that very thing has caused a great deal of confusion over the years in who was from where (which county, that is) in military records. Some prime examples:

Among the men who died while in military service in World War I, Melvin Guy York is always included among the men from Adair County, and his name appears on the plaque affixed to the front exterior wall of the Bank of Columbia. In reality, he was a native and resident of Cumberland County whose mailing address was Breeding.

The names William Rufus (Willie) Kerns and Robert Holt appear on the Russell County Honor List and on Russell County World War II plaque (Monument Square, Jamestown). They were natives and residents of Adair (mailing address likely Webbs X-Roads) and Casey (mailing address likely Font Hill), respectively.

And then there's Montpelier in general. So many people both from Adair and Russell used that as their mailing address, I have direly threatened on occasion (strictly to myself, of course) to use my broad governmental powers to create a Montpelier County (extending from approximately, oh, say Elroy in Adair to Vinnie in Russell) simply to save myself from the heartbreak, anxiety, and pain of trying to figure who lived in which county.

And so go the lives of those of us who deal with words, people, places, and other recalcitrant entities. lol.

- jim See also: - Letter: On the proper location of Waynesburg

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