A HISTORY OF POST OFFICES AND COMMUNITIES

First Congressional District of Texas
SHELBY COUNTY
COMPLIMENTS
OF
WRIGHT PATMAN
Texarkana, Texas

Much of the information contained herein has never before been published.   The book is copyrighted.  Permission is granted to reprint any part of it, provided credit is given the author.

Copyright 1968 by Wright Patman

 


HISTORICAL INFORMATION

by

Wright Patman

 

Information contained in this booklet includes the name, population and origin of one of the eighteen counties in the first Congressional District of Texas, which I have the honor to represent; dates of establishment of the Post Offices and the names of the postmasters and their appointment dates.  The origin of the name of the town and other pertinent information is included for each post office.

Town and communities which have never had a post office are also included with pertinent information.

Certain abbreviations were used and are defined as follows:

     (A)     Acting Postmaster

     (MA)   Military acting-an acting postmaster appointed during the military                    absence of the previous postmaster.  In many cases that postmaster                    resumed office upon his return.

     (N)       Name changed by marriage.

     (*)         Denotes a postmaster appointed under authority of Confederate                      States of America.

Each county contains a map denoting those towns which have had a post office and those which presently have a post office.  Those towns which have never had a post office are also included.  The following symbols were used on the map.

             A Town which at one time had a post office.

              A town which presently has a post office.

               County seat and also a post office.

               Towns which have never had a post office are denoted by a number                   and listed alphabetically below the map.

Postmasters and their appointment dates are obtained from the postal records of the United States Archives and the Department of the Post Office, Washington, D. C.

Mileage location of each post office was obtained from sight location records,  U. S. Archives.

 

S H E L B Y   C O U N T Y

(Pop. 21,654)

In eastern Texas bordering Louisiana.  One of the original counties, created in 1836 and organized in 1837 out of the Mexican municipality of Tenaha.  Named for American Revolutionary soldier, Isaac Shelby, of Tennessee.  County seat - Center.

 

AIKEN

(Pop. 46)

Twelve miles southwest of Center.  Named for Herman Aiken, Captian in the Mexican War, it was founded about 1895.

 

AKEN

Fourteen miles southwest of Center.                                                                          

Postmaster

Appointed

     Postmaster

Appointed

George W. Savell    Jun 26, 1889   Lonen Savell    Jan 26, 1899
Thomas J. McIntyre Nov 20, 1890   Vernorah A. Williams Jun 5, 1902
Sarah J. Savell Jan 12, 1892   Columbus J. Tyler May 7, 1904
George E. Davis Nov 3, 1896   Mathias K. Vail Feb 2, 1907
Office discontinued April 30, 1909; mail ordered sent to Waterman.                          

 

 

ARCADIA

(Pop. 30)

Twelve miles west of Center.  Founded about 1890.                                                 

 

ASHTON'S

Postmaster

Appointed

     Postmaster

Appointed

Henry C. Ashton           Mar 8, 1847   Henry Brooks             Jun 9, 1851

 

BEECH

Eight miles southwest of Joaquin.

Postmaster

Appointed

                                                      
David P. Lawson          Sep 20, 1890                                                    
Office discontinued September 3, 1890; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.                     

 

 

BERUMDA

Ten Miles south of Center.                                                                                      

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Peter N. Bentley       Aug 12, 1880   Mrs. Sarah C. Bentley Apr 14, 1886
Office discontinued September 3, 1890; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.                     

 

 

BOBO

In northwestern Shelby Count five miles northwest of Tenaha.  See Meldrum for additional information.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
William D. Wade            Apr 18, 1893                                     
Office discontinued September 21, 1898; mail ordered sent to Timpson.                     

 

BROOKLYN

One and one-half miles west of Logansport, Louisiana.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Weitt S. Childress       Nov 11, 1872   James S. Haight Jan 11, 1876
Office discontinued December 12, 18883; mail ordered sent to Tomday.                     

 

BUENA VISTA

 Twelve miles east of Center.                         

Postmaster             

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John C. Morrison       Oct 30, 1848   George W. Weaver    Feb 9, 1856
Henry C. Morgan June 4, 1851   Robert Turner Feb. 24, 1858
John King Apr 29, 1852   Alexander H. Johnston May 21, 1859
John E. Hooper Aug 30, 1853   Amos Tims Nov 2, 1860
George R. Rains Apr 22, 1854   Amos Tims Jul 12, 1861*
Robert L. Parker Aug 19, 1854      
Office discontinued November 5, 1866.  Office reestablished May 28, 1867.                 
Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
A. K. Landrum      May 28, 1867                                     
Office discontinued July 15, 1867.  Office reestablished April 30, 1868.                     
Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
Ransom Wheeler           April 30, 1868                                       
Office discontinued October 4, 1872.   Office reestablished March 26, 1873.                 
Postmaster           

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James M. Ballard     Mar 26, 1873 Mrs. V. O. Gounell Sep 30, 1873
Charles W. Ballard Jan 8, 1875 Mrs.Victoria O. Young Oct 30, 1878
Peter N. Bentley Jan 21, 1876 Sarah L. Smith Sep 24 1879
Sarah C. Bentley Aug 22, 1877 Mrs. Sarah L. Ballard May 10, 1882
C. S. Baines Nov 2, 1877 John C. Pullen Dec 4, 1882
James H. Jarrett Dec 18, 1877 James W. Ballard Nov 20, 1885
Office discontinued July 31, 1886; mail ordered sent to Timpson..                     

 

CAMPTI

Ten miles east of Center on the Shelbyville-Logansport Road.  Named by persons from Campti, Louisiana, it was settled about 1880

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John Pierce                Jan 23, 1902   Oswald C. Rogers       Feb 11, 1907
Ethel Lout May 5, 1906      
Office discontinued April 30, 1908; mail ordered sent to Willaluce.      

 

CEDAR YARD

Seven Miles north of Center.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
Isaiah O.B.Richardson       Jul 21, 1875                                     
Office discontinued February 29, 1876.

 

CENTER

(Pop. 4560)

In central Shelby County seven miles northwest of Shelbyville. Named for its geographical location in the center of the county, it was established in 1866 and is the county seat.  Incorporated in 1893.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

E. L. Martin       Apr 6 1848   Preston F. Southern    Nov 25, 1859
John M. H. Martin    May 11, 1850   Edwin F. Smtih Jun 6, 1860
Emzy C. Smith Sep 8, 1851   Benjamin Harkness Jul 26, 1866
Hiram C. Childress    Jun 21, 1856      
Name of office changed to Center, October 11, 1866
Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Benjamin Harkness         Oct 11, 1866   John Borden               Apr 14, 1886
William B. Metcalf Jul 21, 1871      
Office reestablished January 6, 1874.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Elijah Morris  Jan 6, 1874 Mrs. Winnie B. Carroll  (A) Aug 11, 1923
Charles B. Hicks Feb 19, 1875 Mrs. Willie B. Carroll Dec 19, 1923
Sanford T. Wilson Sep 4, 1878 Mrs. Sarah E. Burns   (A) Aug 2, 1933
Elzaphan F. Carnahan Dec 11, 1882 Mrs. Sarah E. Burns Jan 25, 1935
B. F. Bridges Apr 30, 1884 Mrs. Alma M. Liem  (A) Mar 31, 1953
W. T. Riggs Sep 2, 1884 Benjamin W. Pearce  (A) Apr 20, 1956
Harvey Vanway Mar 8, 1890 Edwin B. Ross  (A) Nov 14, 1958
Milton T. Johnson May 19, 1890 Benjamin W. Pearce  (A) Sep 2, 1960
William S. Sand May 15, 1893 Travis C. Price  (A) Sep 15, 1961
John A. Redditt Jan 7, 1897 Mrs. Joe Ruth Price  (A) Nov 8, 1963
Milton N. Ballard Sep 15, 1898 William E. Rogers (A) Apr 9, 1965
Henry Liem Jan 10, 1905 William E. Rogers Oct 23, 1965
E. N. Browning  (A) Mar 8, 1911 Jim Holley Apr 16, 1973
E. N. Browning Apr 24, 1911 Patsy Milan Oct 1, 1983
John D. Redditt   Jan 27, 1914 Jim Cunningham Oct 23, 1987

 

CHOAT

Eleven miles southwest of Center.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
G. W. Mills                       Apr 16, 1886                                   
Office discontinued March 4, 1887; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

CHOICE

About seven miles southest of Center.  Named by E. A. Cammack, early settler, who thought this a "choice" place in which to live.  Founded about 1904.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Elijah W. Wilson              May 10, 1904   Lizzie Cook            Sep 23, 1915
Albert Buckner Mar 1, 1905   Mrs.Lizzie Potts (N) Nov 11, 1939
Lawrence R. Bagwell Mar 18, 1907   Mrs. Lizzie Potts Sep 1, 1945
Elijah H. Wilson Mar 26, 1912   Joseph P. Neuville

   (A)

Sep 1, 1948
Lizzie Tribble Jul 1, 1915   Eugene P. Kirkley Aug 1, 1949
Office discontinued February 15, 1954; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

CLAY'S MOUND

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John Clay                         Mar 15, 1858   George W. Locke    Sep 5, 1860
James Sullivan Jul 16, 1860   George W. Locke Mar 13, 1862*
Office discontinued November 5, 1866.

 

CLEON

Four miles northwest of Patroon.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Robert W. Field           Jun 23, 1890   William C. Lout         Nov 30, 1895
Robert L. Field Sep 25, 1894   Ambrose M. Reynolds Jul 29, 1897
Office discontinued October 8, 1897; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.  Office reestablished December 15, 1898.
Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
Ambrose Reynolds           Dec 15, 1898                                   
Office discontinued August 4, 1899.  (Never in operation)

 

COURTLAND

Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
Thomas H. Lister             Nov 10, 1848                                   
Office discontinued August 22, 1851.

 

DACHA

Six miles east of Campti.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Doctor M. Green              May 5, 1905   Miles J. Lewis          Mar 29, 1906
Office discontinued July 15, 1910; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.  Office reestablished February 9, 1912.
Postmaster              

         Appointed

                                                      
Miles J. Lewis                     Feb 9, 1912                                   
Office discontinued December 31, 1912; mail ordered sent of Logansport, La.

 

DOLCE

Eight miles east of Cleon.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William D. Brittain            Feb 16, 1897   William H. Kervin    Feb 21, 1901
Office discontinued September 14, 1905; mail ordered sent to Huxley.

 

DREKA

Sixteen miles southeast of Center.  Founded about 1890.

Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Martin Shofner                 Nov 12, 1894   John H. Payne         Apr 14, 1900
David Payne Mar 30, 1895      
Office discontinued August 15, 1900; mail ordered sent to Dolce.  Office reestablished December 19, 1900.
Postmaster              

         Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William C. Lout              Dec 19, 1900   Larkin C. Musgrove  Mar 20, 1906
Office discontinued October 15, 1907; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

EAGLE MILLS

Named for an employee of the Hicks Mills, it was founded about 1885.   Once known as Sholar, it was a thriving village but by 1946 Eagle Mills had lost its business and become a ghost town with one residence.

 

 

EAST HAMILTON

In the southeast corner of Shelby County six and one-half miles northeast of Sexton, Sabine County.  Founded about 1830, it was once an important shipping point for steamboats plying the Sabine River.

Office established under name of Hamilton.

Postmaster              

       Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Charles H. Alexander Mar 8, 1847   Daniel Brittain Jul 27, 1852
Dobson B. Myrick Jul 5, 1848   Thomas M. Smith Mar 23, 1860
Fancis H. Burt Mar 31, 1852      
Office discontinued November 5, 1866.  Office reestablished July 16, 1867.
Postmaster              

       Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Mary McGuire Jul 16, 1867   John J. Brittain Nov 18,1867
Name of office changed to East Hamilton, December 9, 1874/
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John J. Brittain Dec 9, 1874   Rod R. Wiggins Dec 19, 1895
Daniel Brittain May 4, 1875   James W. McCall Dec 10, 1902
Warren H. Brittain Jan 30, 1894      
Office discontinued March 31, 1903.  Office reestablished April 23, 1903.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Robert P. Smith Apr 23, 1903   Alford B. Wiggins May 5, 1916
Lee H. Wiggins Feb 3, 1906   Drue R. Wiggins  (A) Oct 30, 1918
Henry J. Bennett Jun 9, 1908   Drue R. Wiggins Dec 12, 1918
Titus E. Middleton Jun 25, 1910      
Office discontinued May 1, 1926; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

FINEZA

Seven miles east of Dreka.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Alfred E. Ford Aug 2, 1899   Silas W. English Jan 15, 1900
Office discontinued May 31, 1900; mail ordered sent to Dolce.

 

FLAT FORK

Seven miles north of Center on the Center-Tenaha Highway and the Santa Fe Railroad.  Founded about 1904.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Daniel D. Parker Sep 25, 1909                                     
Office discontinued October 14, 1911: mail ordered sent to Tenaha.

 

FOLSOM CHAPEL

Six miles northwest of Center.  Named for a pioneer family, it was established in 1880.

 

GAGNE

Three miles east of Timpson

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James W. Buford Nov 12, 1887   Lewis I. Dealy Oct 6, 1890
Fabin P. Gagne Oct 4, 1888   Thomas T. Calhoun Jan 9, 1891
Rebecca McD. Bridges Dec 8, 1889      
Office discontinued October 5, 1891; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

GILFORD

Ten miles southeast of Shelbyville.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Gilford D. Reynonds Aug 21, 1876   Dixon G. Reynolds Feb 11, 1887
Francis V. McKee Mar 23, 1886   Katie Field Jul 12, 1887
Office discontinued July 21, 1887; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

GRAHAM'S MILLS

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James M. Graham Dec 12, 1854   R. J. Alexander Mar 13, 1862*
Ralph J. Alexander Aug 3, 1860      
Office discontinued November 5, 1866.

 

GRIGSBY

In southwestern Shelby County eighteen miles southwest of Center near the Attoyac River.  Named for an employee of the Waterman Mill that built a tram to the place, it was established about 1905.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Rance E. Emmons Aug 2, 1905   John D. West Oct 6, 1911
Thomas U. Williams Apr 24, 1909   Thomas U. Williams Oct 5, 1914
Ignatius S. Few Jul 19, 1910   J. Grady Crenshaw Dec. 9, 1926
Office discontinued March 31, 1936; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

 

HALBERT

(Pop. 40)

Sixteen miles southeast of Center.  Named for a local family, it was founded about 1890.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Theodore I. Allen Sep 16, 1899      
Office discontinued October 15, 1907; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

HALFWAY

Six and one-half miles south of Short.  Office changed from San Augustine County.  No date shown.

Postmaster              

       Appointed

                                                      
Andrew J. Prater Dec 24, 1891      
Office discontinued October 14, 1893; mail ordered sent to Short.

 

HAMILTON

Name changed.  See East Hamilton for details.

 

HANSON

Three miles west of Joaquin on the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad.   Named for a local family, it was established about 1905.

 

HASLAM

(Pop. 101)

In Northeastern Shelby County two miles east of Joaquin near the Sabine River.  Named for an employee of the Pickering Lumber Co., it was founded about 1913.

Postmaster              

      Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John H. Thorn Dec 30, 1914   Maude K. Hays Jul 29, 1929
Ida L. Stalling  (A) Jun 8, 1916   Mildred E. Patterson May 6, 1930
Ida L Stalling Oct 25, 1916   Mrs. Mildred E. Temple  (N) Oct 25, 1934
Ulvah Ramsey  (A) Jul 1, 1918   Mrs. Garvis P. Dean     (A) Mar 13, 1935
Ulvah Ramsey Nov 29, 1918   Mrs. Garvis P. Dean Apr 1, 1935
John W. McKee  (A) Dec 31, 1927   Mrs. Mildred E. Spann  (A) Sep 12, 1944
John W. McKee Dec 7, 1928   Mrs.Mildred E.Spann Jul 2, 1945
Maude K. Hays  (A) Jul 15, 1929   Mrs. Mildred E. Adams  (N) Oct 30, 1948
Office discontinued September 30, 1954; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.

 

HILLIARD'S

Eight miles north of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Claiborne T. Hilliard Mar 8, 1847      
Office discontinued May 5, 1854.  Office reestablished May 24, 1869
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Clairborne T. Hilliard, Jr. May 24, 1854   Francis M. Willis Jul 26, 1866
A. B. Corley Mar 20, 1863*      
Office discontinued October 23, 1868.  Office reestablished January 26, 1869.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Archibald Barnella Jan 26, 1869      
Office discontinued November 17, 1869.

 

HOT

Nine miles north of San Augustine, San Augustine County.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Thomas J. Killen Oct 8, 1897      
Office discontinued February 29, 1908; mail ordered sent to Choice.

 

HUBER

Seven and one-half miles northwest of Center.

Postmaster              

       Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John H. Thornton Nov 6, 1885   John F. Reed May 10, 1893
James M. Hooper Feb 11, 1887   Lemuel M. Reed May 7, 1904
Abner H. Wilson Aug 14, 1889      
Office discontinued April 29, 1905; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

HUXLEY

Eighteen miles east of Center on the Shelbyville-Myrick Ferry Road.   Founded about 1890.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Joseph Hooper Sep16, 1903      
Office discontinued October 15, 1906; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

JACKSON

Four and one-half miles south of Joaquin.  Named for T. W. Jackson, local resident, it was established in 1898.

 

JAKIN

Six miles northwest of Patroon.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
James W. Hurst Mar 30, 1891      
Office discontinued December 17, 1891; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

JAMES

Six miles northest of Center.  Names for James Rushing, postmaster, it was established in 1890.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
James J. Rushing May 9, 1901      
Office discontinued December 15, 1905; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

JOAQUIN

Sixteen miles northeast of Center.  Named for the son of Elijah Morris, donor of land for the town site.  Joaquin Morris was killed on the site.

Office established under name of Sarat, May 5, 1884.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Erastus F. Sayers May 5, 1884      
Name of office changed to Joaquin, June 16, 1886.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Erastus F. Sayers Jun 16, 1886   John T. Holmes  (A) Aug 1, 1933
Robert A. Rushing Jul 10, 1899   John T. Holmes Jan 25, 1935
John Pierce Apr 3, 1907   Milburn B. Holmes      (A) May 31, 1964
Marvin H. Eddins Oct 17, 1912   Milburn B. Holmes Jun 4, 1965
Sylvan S. McCrary Jan 13, 1915      

 

LATO

Seven and one-half miles southwest of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Ben R. Pounds Feb 8, 1884   William J. R. Pounds Sep 8, 1884
Office discontinued December 20, 1886, mail ordered sent to Center. 

 

LEMIT

Five miles north of James.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Alexander M. Nethery Mar 6, 1903   Luther B. Latimer Jul 10, 1906
Office discontinued October 15, 1906; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.

 

MELDRUM

In northwest Shelby County five miles northwest of Tenaha.  Named for a railroad president.  Once called Bobo.

 

MILTON

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Thomas W. Smith Jul 12, 1861*   David Brittain May 23, 1862*
T. G. Wilburn Oct 12, 1861*      

 

MOTT SPRINGS

Eight miles north of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
J. C. Mott May 29, 1877      
Office discontinued August 31, 1877

 

MYRICKS

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Robert E. Bennett Nov 13, 1879   B. G. Sweet Sep 15, 1880
Office discontinued March 21, 1881.

 

NASHVILLE

Name changed.  See Shelbyville for details.

 

NEUVILLE

One mile south of Choice.  Named for the Stephen de Neuville family, area settlers in the 1840's, it was established in 1904.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William J. Neuville May 11, 1901   J. Price Neuville  (A) Aug 6, 1935
Ellen Defee Mar 6, 1902   Mrs. Mary B. Worsham Jan 15, 1936
Annie Powell Jun 7, 1904   J. Price Neuville  (A) Sep 11, 1939
William A. Rudd Jan 6, 1910   Mrs. Bessie M. Neuville Apr 16, 1940
Mark Y. Powell Feb 4, 1915   J. Price Neuville Oct 15, 1940
Ernest Buckner Apr 14, 1917   Mrs. Jewell Potts        (MA) Jun 12, 1942
Rettie E. Holt Jun 18, 1918   Mrs. Jewell Potts  (A) Jul 1, 1943
Mrs. Dottie W. Frank Sep 12, 1921   Mrs.Annie B. Warren Oct 10, 1943
William T. Brinkley Jun 4, 1924      
Office discontinued November 30, 1958; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

PATROON

(Pop. 46)

In southeastern Shelby County twelve miles southeast of Shelbyville on Patroon Bayou.  Named by early settlers it means land owner with manorial privileges and right of entail such as those granted unter the old Dutch grants of New York (abolished in 1850).  Established about 1860.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William Duffee Jul 2, 1868   Jasper Defee Oct 12, 1868
Office discontinued January 6, 1869.  Office reestablished August 8, 1870.
Postmaster              

       Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Jasper L. Defee Aug 8, 1870   Robert F. Swanzy Jan 24, 1906
Alexander M.Netherly Apr 27, 1874   Thomas B. Brittain Sep 21, 1907
Robert W. Caraway Sep 25, 1886   Warren H. Brittain Apr 6, 1914
John B. Allen Jun 18, 1887   Mrs. Addie Brown Dec 21, 1916
Joseph F. Porcher Oct 24, 1887   Mrs. Lillie Mae Woodfin  (A) Jan 1, 1943
Marie P. Brown Jul 14, 1902   Mrs. Thelma M.Jones Jul 1, 1943
George P. Brittain Feb 2, 1903      

 

PAUL'S STORE

(Pop. 50)

In eastern Shelby County twelve miles northeast of Shelbyville.   Named for W. A. Paul, pioneer settler, it was settled about 1870.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William A. Paul Apr 15, 1886   William Beck Mar 5, 1904
William C. Aberett Feb 1, 1901   John A. Fitzgerald Dec 23, 1904
Office discontinued October 15, 1906; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

PAXTON

(Pop. 151)

Five miles east of Tenaha.  Named for Sam Paxton, pioneer, it was established in 1855.

Office established under name of Spivey, January 22, 1890

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Isaac W. Spivey Jan 22, 1890      
Office discontinued January 12, 1891; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.  Office reestablished June 5, 1891. 
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Aaron L. Lawler Jun 5, 1891   John H. Spivey May 25, 1899
Elijah Morris Mar 10, 1892   Ernest E. Spivey Oct 29, 1900
Ransom Sholar Jul 8, 1892   David D. Mims Sep 17, 1902
Isaac W. Spivey Aug 29, 1892      
Name of office changed to Paxton, January 26, 1903.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

David D. Mims Jan 26, 1903   Jesse Hooper  
Benjamin E. Beeson Apr 3, 1907   Willie O. Myers  (A)  
William H. Cammack Dec 18, 1908   Willie O. Myers  
Jesse Hooper Aug 9, 1915   Mrs. Odessa Hataway  (A)  
John P. G. Campbell Dec 4, 1920   Mrs Odessa Hataway  
Jesse Hooper  (A) Feb 10, 1922      
Office discontinued  September 30, 1954; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.

 

PAXTON

Four and one-half miles east of Tenaha.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Peter Herrington Sep 1, 1892      
Office discontinued May 31, 1894; mail ordered sent to Spivey.

Although the locations of the above two post offices are approximately the same, they are two different post offices. 

 

PICKERING

In eastern Shelby County on a tram line run from the Pickering Mill at Haslam.  Established in 1920 it was an important timber center white the mill was in operation, but disappeared with the removal of the tram railroad.

 

RAINSVILLE

Twelve miles west of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Austin Webb Jun 30, 1890   Edward M. Hughes Jul 3, 1895
David A. Webb Dec 20, 1890      
Office discontinued Office discontinued February 15, 1905; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

RALPH

Seven miles southwest of Paul's Store.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Epsy P. Boles May 29, 1903      
Office discontinued May 15, 1905; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

REX

Four miles southwest of Neuville.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Ruffus A. Sanford May 22, 1900 William A. Rudd Jun 7, 1906
Office discontinued April 30, 1907; mail ordered sent to Neuville.

 

REX

Office established under name of Duff, April 1, 1907

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Ruffus A. Sanford Apr 1, 1907
Name of office changed to Rex, September 27, 1907
Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Ruffus A. Sanford Sep 27, 1907
Office discontinued December 15, 1909; mail ordered sent to Neuville.

Although the names of the above two post offices are the same, postal records do not indicate that they were in the same location.

 

ROYAL

Six miles northwest of Tenaha.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Lewis G. Ramsey Mar 9, 1899 J. F. Watts May 27, 1903
Office discontinued July 31, 1903; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

RUE

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Healon E. Lynch Mar 1, 1899
Office discontinued July 21, 1899.  (Never in operation.)

 

SARAT

Name changed.  See Joaquin for details.

 

SAXET

In northern Shelby County.  Once a shipping point on a spur of the Santa Fe Railroad, it gradually became a ghost community when the spur was removed.

 

SHELBYVILLE

(Pop. 210)

Seven miles southeast of Center.  Named for Isaac Shelby of Tennessee in 1837 by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.  Founded in 1824 by settlers from Tennessee, it was first named Nashville.  County seat until 1866 when the county records were move by night to Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

W. C. Crawford May 22, 1846 John C. Tatum Feb 16, 1852
Charles Turner Jun 15, 1846 William A. Holland Mar 31, 1852
Levi H. Ashcraft Feb 23, 1847 William M. Hurt Apr 29, 1852
Office discontinued June 25, 1852.  Office reestablished August 2, 1852
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

John L. Bridges Aug 2, 1852 William D. Ellington May 19, 1881
J. Jacob Grogard Apr 14, 1853 John R. Caldwell Feb 19, 1884
John L. Bridges Dec 23, 1853 George M. Smith Nov 25, 1884
Benjamin F. Powell Jul 29, 1854 Christopher C. Sullivan Sep 22, 1887
William M. Hewitt Mar 25, 1857 Frank C. Powell Sep 11, 1897
Thomas Grogard May 29, 1860 George M. Smith Jan 24, 1900
P. H. McBride Dec 26, 1860 Charles P. Smith Aug 30, 1902
George Biggar Jan 17, 1862* Joseph L. Cranford Jul 28, 1906
William H. Crawford Apr 7, 1862* Lula W. Windham Jul 1, 1915
Gilbert McIver Nov 11, 1864* Henry E. Cannon Jun 2, 1922
Porter Belsher Oct 11, 1866 Mrs. Susie A. Cannon  (A) May 21, 1937
William I. Rather Jan 8, 1867 Mrs. Susie A.Cannon Sep 1, 1938
F. M. Lont Jul 27, 1871 Mrs. Martha M. Miller  (A) Mar 31, 1955
Benjamin F. Powell Nov 6, 1871 James E. Carter  (A) Jan 11, 1957
C. B. Powell Aug 24, 1874 Fearnon L. Miller (A) Jan 9, 1959
Benjamin F. Powell Feb 5, 1879 Fearnon L. Miller Jul 22, 1960

 

SHOLAR

Four miles west of Joaquin, it is now known as Eagle Mills.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Samuel A. Childress Jul 3, 1900 Ransom Sholar Aug 21, 1906
David Sholar Mar 23, 1901
Office discontinued August 31, 1915; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.

 

SHORT

Seven miles west of Shelbyville

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Frank C. Powell Jan 4, 1885 Lemuel P. Cannon May 2, 1890
John T. Thomas Apr 3, 1888 Robert T. Hughes Jul 23, 1891
Office discontinued April 2, 1906; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

SILAS

Seven miles south of Timpson on the Timpson-Stockman Highway.  Named for Silas Baines, first merchant, for a time it was known as "Battle Ridge: because of the quarrels over naming the community.  Founded about 1880, it was at one time a lignite production center and a timber shipping point on a spur of the Santa Fe Railroad.   Removal of the railroad caused the community to decline.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Charles S. Baines Apr 11, 1892 John C. Staley Mar 2, 1898
James A. Long Sep 21, 1895 Jesse Parker Jan 19, 1899
Thomas Hammer Jul 24, 1897 Willis V. Crump Oct 1, 1902
Office discontinued March 15, 1907; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

SPIVEY

Name changed.  See Paxton for details.

 

STACK

Five and one-half miles southwest of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William C. Owen Feb 1, 1901 Thomas N. Tomlin Jun 11, 1902
Office discontinued November 29, 1902; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

STOCKMAN

(Pop. 80)

In western Shelby County nine miles south of Timpson near the Attoyac River.  Named for Peter Stockman, early settler.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
William T. Wallace Sep 9, 1899
Office discontinued January 31, 1903.  Office reestablished June 23, 1903.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Jesse Parker June 23, 1903
Office discontinued February 18, 1905; mail ordered sent to Garrison.  Office reestablished June 27, 1906
Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Jesse Parker Jun 27, 1906
Order reestablishing office recinded November 12, 1906.  Office reestablished August 30, 1912.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Shelden Ferguson Aug 30, 1912 Genie Hart Jun 22, 1921
Jack D. Dunaway Apr 4, 1917 Susie E. Crawford Feb 1, 1926
Mary I. Henderson Sep 19, 1917 Mrs. S. E. Crawford May 5, 1926
Genie Hart  (A) Oct 30, 1920 Horace Eugene Francis Mar 1, 1944
Office discontinued February 28, 1954; mail ordered sent to Timpson.

 

TENAHA

(Pop. 1,103)

In northern Shelby County eleven miles north of Center.  Named for Tenaha Creek, it is an Indian word meaning "muddy water".  Established in 1885.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James N. Woodfin Apr 7, 1886 Robert E. Burns  (A) Jan 21, 1919
Charles E. Tyer May 19, 1890 James L. Davis Jan 31, 1920
Thomas J. Cammack Dec 5, 1890 Robert W. Spurlock  (A) Nov 1, 1924
Mrs. Clara I. Maney May 23, 1891 Robert W. Spurlock Feb 28, 1925
Andrew B. Bryan Mar 22, 1895 Ida Bowers  (A) Aug 1, 1933
James A. Smith Feb 9, 1899 Ida Bowers Jan 25, 1935
James M. Crump Jan 11, 1904 Mrs. Ida B. Davidson  (N) Oct 17, 1945
Andrew J. Clayton Jun 22, 1906 Joseph R. Christian  (A) Jan 1, 1946
Robert E. Burns Feb 18, 1910 Joseph R. Christian Oct 1, 1948
Giles Bowers Feb 20, 1914 Jack C. Christian  (A) Jun 24, 1960
H. C. Parker Jan 13, 1917 Jack C. Christian Aug 17, 1962

 

THURMAN

Six miles east of Shelbyville

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Minor D. Carroll Jul 13, 1888
Office discontinued October 26, 1892; mail ordered sent to Shelbyville.

 

TIMPSON

(Pop. 1,050)

In northwestern Shelby County seven miles west-southwest of Tenaha.   Named for P. B. Timpson, original incorporator and railroad engineer.  Founded in 1885.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James H. Blankenship Nov 4, 1885 Joseph J. Compton   Apr 1, 1937
Webster Flanagan, Jr. Apr 17, 1890 Maudelle L. Johnson  (MA) Feb 1, 1941
Nannie A. Flanagan Jan 22, 1892 Mrs. Maudelle J. Spencer  (N) Sep 5, 1941
Daniel M. Deason Oct 14, 1893 Joseph J. Compton Nov 30, 1941
Ella O. Vawter Oct 5, 1897 Edgar Harris  (A) Feb 24, 1942
Anderson C. Vinson Jul 30, 1904 Joseph J. Compton Jun 30, 1947
M. Ezell Jun 5, 1913 Edgar Harris  (A) Sep 30, 1958
Lula Ezell Apr 14, 1915 Wallace A. Kristensen  (A) Aug 3, 1962
William M. Willis May 26, 1924 Wallace A.Kristensen Oct 12, 1962
Joseph J. Compton (A) May 26, 1924

 

TODD'S

Seven miles west of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
Thomas Parker Jun 27, 1870
Office discontinued October 25, 1871.

 

TOMDAY

Five and one-half miles west of Joaquin

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William J. Spivey Jun 14, 1880 Thomas H. Day Sep 25, 1882
Office discontinued November 4, 1885; mail ordered sent to Bermuda.  Office reestablished January 29, 1892.
Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Joseph D. Gibson Jan 29, 1892 James M. Hooper Jul 16, 1894
Office discontinued November 7, 1896; mail ordered sent to Joaquin.

 

TOOMEY

In western Shelby County four miles southeast of Rainsville.  Named for Parson Toomey.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Sam P. Halliburton May 12, 1894 John F. Etheredge May 7, 1904
Albert M. O. Oliver Mar 16, 1898
Office discontinued May 15, 1907; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

TRUIT'S STORE

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Alfred M. Truit Jul 18, 1854 J. H. Clardy Jan 17, 1862*
James H. Clardy Nov 9, 1859 Allen D. King Jan 6, 1864*
Office discontinued January 23, 1867.

 

WATERMAN

In southwestern Shelby County three miles north of Grigsby near the Attoyac River.  Named for the owner of the Waterman Lumber Company, it was founded in 1905 and was once an important sawmill town.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

William M. Waterman Mar 19, 1906 Gilmer Tyson Oct 24, 1917
Ignatius S. Few Mar 30, 1907 William J. Holland Aug 14, 1919
Arthur L. Peterson Aug 8, 1908 Julian T. Stewart Sep 11, 1920
Marshall E. Parker Oct 15, 1912 Willie F. Kimbro  (A) Apr 11, 1923
Maggie D. Parker (A) Nov 27, 1914 Willie F. Kimbro May 15, 1923
Maggie D. Parker Jan 29, 1915 Nina Baker Jun 23, 1923
Ora I. Spivey  (A) Sep 28, 1915 James T. Stewart Feb 27, 1925
Ora I. Spivey Apr 24, 1916
Office discontinued December 15, 1926; mail ordered sent to Stockman

 

WEST HAMILTON

A rural school, church and cemetery.

 

WHITE COTTAGE

Name changed.  See Center for details.

 

 

WILDA

In northwestern Shelby County about six miles from Timpson.  Named for the sweetheart of an employee of the Ragley Lumber Company.

 

WILLALUCE

Seven miles east of Center.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

                                                      
John H. Webb Dec 16, 1904

 

WILLOW GROVE

Eleven miles east of Center.

Postmaster              

       Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

Ansell Williams Jun 21, 1871 William J. Spivey Aug 16, 1875
Peter N. Bentley Apr 13, 1874
Office discontinued August 11, 1876.

 

WORD

Five and one-half miles east of Aken.

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

George M. Koonce Apr 29, 1892 Samuel W. Brown Jan 3, 1901
Nehemiah T. Watson Jul 25, 1893
Office discontinued March 15, 1912; mail ordered sent to Center.

 

WYLMA

Four miles southeast of Paxton

Postmaster              

        Appointed

     Postmaster        

        Appointed

James A. Taylor Aug 11, 1902 Joseph B. Paramore Nov 28, 1906
Office discontinued June 29, 1907; mail ordered sent to Paxton.

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