Once on the brink, office marks bicentennial

Clarksville Post Office one of the area’s first

— The Postal Regulatory Commission released a decision reversing the closure on Jan. 29, in which it was said the Postal Service took some needed aspects into account such as financial situation the and a postmaster vacancy, but it did not adequately take into account the concerns of residents.

The USPS has since said they will keep open hundreds of mostly rural offices once slated to close by cutting back on spending. This will give Congress more time to overhaul the organization’s financial structure through legislation.

Clarksville residents will celebrate the anniversary with an event on Wednesday, June 27, at the Clarksville Community Church at 7:30 p.m. Hogan said refreshments will be served and he will present a talk about the history of the post office and stories he learned about through his research.

“It was 1970 before (the post office) was in its own building,” he said. “It used to be in various houses or businesses of whoever was postmaster.”

Because only larger cities could afford a building to house their post office, many times a popular gathering spot like a hotel or restaurant was used to collect the mail.

Hogan said when he was young his mother served as Clarksville postmaster. He remembers people coming to figure out what they had to do to create a post office area within their home.

“I remember thinking we didn’t have the parking space outside,” he said.

The post office will also have a special pictorial cancellation mark available to residents. Residents can go to the post office to have their mail specially stamped with the mark on June 27 and for 60 days afterward to celebrate the anniversary.

“I think it’s good we’re acknowledging the occasion because there aren’t a lot of post offices in the area as old,” said Keith Loehner, the officer in charge at the post office for the past seven years.

For more information, contact the Clarksville Post Office at 768-2991.

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