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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Post office,   pp. 389-390 PDF (549.6 KB)


Page 389


POST OFFICE
IHoUGH there are no records available to substantiate the claim or
to give early locations of the post office, P. V. Lawson, in his History
of Winnebago County, states that, "the post office was established in
Winnebago Rapids in 1844, and Harrison Reed was appointed post-
master."
  Mrs. M. E. Barnett recalls that "before the Pettibone Block and
Russell House fire in 1883, there was a post office in the rear part of the
                               vresent First National Bank build-
ing. The evening mail that came into
Neenah on the C&NW train was
delivered at the post office about
8:oo P.M. Stores were open every
evening for business then, so all of
the business men would hurry to the
post office to pick up their mail,
     U. S. Government Post Office.  causing a great deal of activity on
                               'Main Street.' Herm Schooley was
the post office clerk, and he had everything packed, ready to vacate
if necessary, due to the fire."
  About the '9os, it is known that the post office was located in the
present "zv'ews-]P'ecord" building.
  City delivery service started in Neenah on December I, 1899. There
were four carriers: Allen Montgomery, Julius Jorgenscn, Henry
Sheerin and James Sorenson. Cliff Lansing and Eli Defnet were substi-
tute carriers. Mr. George Scott, a rural carrier, had been carrying for
an unknown period before this date.
  The present post office was authorized in 1916. It was constructed
by the Treasury Department (William A. McAdoo, Secretary), as all
federal buildings were at that time, and was subsequently turned
over to the Postal Department. The cornerstone laying took place in
i917, and the structure came into use on April 21, 1918.
  At the present time there are ten city delivery routes (foot routes),
one mounted route (by auto), two parcel post routes and two rural
rou tes.
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