The Dexter post office was established in 1868, with D. B. Hunter as its first Postmaster. In 1879 it was located in a wooden frame building in the middle of the east side of Marshall Street. A brick building was erected there in 1909, one of the finest equipped post office buildings in this part of the state.
Rural Free Delivery was established in 1900, with Civil War veteran J. Q. A. Reynolds as the first carrier. In 1968, the rural route covered 1400 miles, requiring two carriers.
I remember two of our “mailmen”–Dad’s uncle Bill Blohm, and Jim McMenamin (who became the postmaster). Both carriers used to look forward to Mom’s gift of her famous waxed-paper wrapped caramels at Christmas time.
The present post office building was remodeled and equipped with modern equipment in 1961.
Names of other postmasters: George C. Crane, Frank C. Downey, William W. Andrew, Mrs. Mabel Crane, Ray M. Lenocker, James E. McMenamin, Maurice M. Neal (Dad’s uncle).
History of Dexter, Iowa–1968 Centennial book, page 31.
Caveat: Since I cannot help with tours, etc., for the Dexter Museum, I Admin their Facebook page and run “ads” for them on Thursdays through “museum season.” It’s easier to keep the stories and pictures together here on my website, so for regular blog followers, feel free to skip most Thursday posts.
It looks like even with the remodel of the old post office front the original building is still in tact ~ thankfully. I love the narrow old windows.
That whole block still has the upper story. I hope they can save it all.
I remember when our mail at the ranch had an RFD address. Thanks for the post, Joy.
My sis still lives on the farm, so still has her mail delivered. Her Des Moines Register even arrives that way.
Two carriers for 1400 miles? Did they each drive 700 miles every day or did people only get delivery every other day?
Amazing, huh! Six days a week!