Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Signed, Sealed, Delivered


Post Office, Prior to Opening on a Monday Morning

Sierra Madre's first Postmaster was a man by the name of Professor E.T. Pierce.  He was also our first school teacher, before the arrival of Mrs. Chloe B. Jones.

The Pierce family arrived in Sierra Madre in 1881, having purchased a 20 acre parcel of land.  At that time, the nearest post office was in San Gabriel, and when there were enough families to warrant it, John Richardson was hired to carry the mail twice a week.  The mail was then placed on the Pierce's dining room table, where families came to pick it up at their convenience. 

Once the settlement was given the official name of "Sierra Madre," our Federal Post Office was established on September 18, 1882.  Professor Pierce was named Postmaster (at $150 per year!), and William Robinson became the official mail carrier.  At that point, the office was moved to Mr. Robinson's house, at 65 N. Baldwin, which is now the home of the Lunch Salon. 

Since 1882, our Post Office has been housed in seven different locations, until its final arrival at its permanent home, in 1964.



9 comments:

  1. Oh, those blue skies and mountains...I always liked envisioning mail delivery out in the 'wild west' - what a task! Mr. Robinson sure wore many hats (I re-glimpsed your other link), a multi-talent :)

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    1. Thanks for taking a look at the link, Lulu! He was definitely a busy guy. Things must have seemed crowded for him, once he sold his plot of land to Carter, and the town started springing up.

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  2. Another beautiful clear day in Sierra Madre. This picture certainly has the 'wow' factor with that sky and mountains. The post office building stone adds a nice warmth to it all. How nice!

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    1. Sorry for the gratuitious use of the mountains again. Our post office is a lovely building, but the landscaping took a bit of a hit in the big windstorm last December, leaving the straight-on view less than dazzling!

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    2. Don't stop with the mountains. I love them and miss looking out to see Mount Wilson. When I look at a photo like this I can 'feel' the air. Great! (There are no mountains around here, just rolling hills. Not the same :))

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  3. I miss post offices with a history.

    Please have a good Wednesday.

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    1. What are they like in your area, Robert?

      Happy Wednesday to you!

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    1. That's what I said! But, if it's in the history book, it must be true... :)

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