Tuesday
May022017

Comptche

1877 March 19, 3rd Class Post Office established as Comptche, Mendocino, California, located 25 miles northwest of Ukiah and 15 miles southeast of Mendocino. Name a corruption of Pomo Indian word "komacho."

James Collins, First Postmaster.

1877 October 15, Post Office discontinued.

1879 July 24, Post office re-established. Newman E. Hoak (Houk?), Postmaster.

1888 December 13, Jesse T. Meddeck, Postmaster.

1902 August 22, Henry G. Battey (Bettey?), Postmaster.

1906 March 2, Ada E. Bettey (Battey?), Postmaster.

1911 October 10, Eiler C. Oppenlander, Postmaster.

1937 November 28, Mrs. Eileen Gummerus, Postmaster.

 

Tuesday
May022017

Conway's Landing > Fish Rock

1870 April 15, 4th Class Post Office established as Conway's Landing, Mendocino, California, located 3 miles north of Gualala. Named for the developer - an open sea loading point for small coast-wise lumber boats.

Angus McMillan, First Postmaster.

1871 March 10, Post Office discontinued and the name changed to Fish Rock.

1871 March 10, 4th Class Post Office established as Fish Rock, Mendocino, California, located 5 miles north of Gualala and 10 miles south of Punta Arenas. Named for group of rocks laying offshore from the site. Was Conway's Landing.

Alexander M. Duncan, First Postmaster.

1871 April 10, William S. Ferguson, Postmaster.

1873 November 10, Post Office discontinued.

1885 November 20, Post Office re-established. Alexander M. Duncan, Postmaster.

1903 December 24, James F. McNamee, Postmaster.

1908 December 16, Post Office moved 2 miles north.

1910 November 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Gualala.

Tuesday
May022017

Covelo

1870 June 2, 2nd Class Post Office established as Covelo, Mendocino, California, located 45 miles north of Potter Valley per the 1880 Postal Route Map. Now located 23 miles northeast of Laytonville. Within Round Valley. Reason for name unknown.

Saunders Hornbrook, First Postmaster.

1878 May 21, John P. Thompson, Postmaster.

1883 August 2, Joseph W. Rea, Postmaster.

1883 October 11, Conrad H. Goldberg, Postmaster.

1884 January 9, John P. Thompson, Postmaster.

1885 June 10, Whitcomb Henley, Postmaster.

1885 July 10, John P. Thompson, Postmaster.

1886 January 4, George J. Brown, Postmaster.

1886 June 25, Ira C. Hoxie, Postmaster.

1889 November 19, Eugene Clifton, Postmaster.

1891 April 25, David H. Weill, Postmaster.

1895 August 19, Minnie M. Perry, Postmaster.

1896 May 25, Minnie M. West, Postmaster.

1896 September 19, John S. Redwine, Postmaster.

1897 November 2, Percy W. Handy, Postmaster.

1899 October 24, George W. Cummings, Postmaster.

1907 July 16, James L. Dunlap, Postmaster.

1914 January 28, Henry W. Montaque, Postmaster.

1919 May 14, William F. Osborne, Postmaster.

1919 August 1, William H. Davis, Postmaster.

1919 September 1, Charles M. Grist, Postmaster.

1928 May 23, Archie N. Moore, Postmaster.

1935 February 6, Frank E. Hague, Postmaster.

1951 August 15, Mrs. Ellen G. Goforth, Postmaster.

 

Tuesday
May022017

Cuffey's Cove

1870 July 27, 4th Class Post Office established as Cuffey's Cove, Mendocino, California, located 2 miles northwest of Elk. "Cuffey" in early American slang was used to mean a Bear or a Negro. Both meanings are used in unsupported legends of the site.

John Conway, First Postmaster.

1877 April 20, David E. Baker, Postmaster.

1879 July 10, B. J. Retter, Postmaster.

1881 September 1, John S. Kimball, Postmaster.

1883 February 19, Fritz Pfaukuck, Postmaster.

1886 May 21, Lizzie S. Conway, Postmaster.

1888 May 10, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Elk.

Tuesday
May022017

Cummings

1888 April 3, Post Office established as Cummings, Mendocino, California, located 13 miles northwest of Laytonville and 26 miles south of Harris, Humboldt County. Named for Jonathan Cummings, pioneer homesteader.

Minnie E. Cummings, First Postmaster.

1892 November 2, Mary E. Cummings, Postmaster.

1899 September 15, Allen Davidson, Postmaster.

1899 October 24, George W. Cummings, Postmaster.

1899 December 30, Post Office discontinued.

1900 February 8, Post Office re-established. Mary E. Cummings, Postmaster.

1905 October 2, Frank A. Cummings, Postmaster.

1921 February 11, Christine Tracy, Postmaster.

1923 March 23, Alexander H. Guthrie, Postmaster.

1924 March 15, Ray R. Davis, Postmaster.

1946 June 1, Harold R. Flaharty, Postmaster.

1947 May 9, Douglas A. Butler, Postmaster.

1952 January 31, James Elon Ferrier, Postmaster.

1956 November 23, Beverley C. Ferrier, Postmaster.

1960 April 1, Charlotte P. Anerson, Postmaster.

1960 May 1, Changed from 4th Class Post Office to Independent Rural Station of Willits.

1966, Changed to Rural Branch.

Tuesday
May022017

Dos Rios

See:  Two Rivers > Dos Rios

Thursday
Aug062015

Duffey

1904 October 14, 4th Class Post Office established as Duffey, Mendocino, California, located 4 1/2 miles east of Gracey. Named for the Duffey family, pioneer settlers.

Horace Weller, Jr., First Postmaster.

1908 July 1, Howard W. Gray, Postmaster.

1908 July 2, San Francisco Chronicle, New Coast Postmasters, Washington, July 1 - California postmasters appointed to-day:  Duffey, Mendocino county, Howard W. Gray, vice H. Wells [s/b Weller], Jr., resigned.~

1910 August 21, Albert E. Duffey, Postmaster.

1912 April 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Northspur.

 

 

Tuesday
May022017

Eden

1880 April 13, 4th Class Post Office established as Eden, Mendocino, California, located 26 miles north of Willits and 20 miles south of Covelo. A Biblical name.

Willard S. Jackson, First Postmaster.

1881 June 17, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Willits.

Tuesday
May022017

Elk

1887 August 26, 3rd Class Post Office established as Elk, Mendocino, California, located 2 miles southeast of Cuffey's Cove and 8 miles northwest of Miller. Probably named for the Elk River just 2 miles south, or the abundance of Elk (species within the Deer family). AKA: Greenwood (No Post Office). A lumbering town.

Rodney F. Phillips, First Postmaster.

1890 May 27, Benjamin G. Johnstone, Postmaster.

1892 February 8, William H. White, Postmaster.

1898 August 29, Melville A. Gilkison, Postmaster.

1906 December 4, Albert D. Thompson, Postmaster.

1921 October 30, George H. Burk, Postmaster.

1933 February 7, Mrs. Mary E. Burk, Postmaster.

1947 August 31, Mrs. Helen M. Conley, Postmaster.

1953 February 4, Mrs. Genova B. Crane, Postmaster.

1971 June 26, Michael A. Wasko, Postmaster.

 

Thursday
May042017

Fairbanks

1893 June 8, 4th Class Post Office established as Fairbanks, Mendocino, California, located 6 miles west of Yorkville. Named for Isabell G. Fairbanks, the first Postmaster.

1910 November 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Boonville.

Thursday
May042017

Farley

1915 March 15, 4th Class Post Office established as Farley, Mendocino, California, located 19 miles north of Willits per Postal Route Map. Named for Jackson Farley, settler of 1857.

Matthias Mattson, First Postmaster.

1932 November 16, Charles E. Larson, Postmaster.

1933 February 27, Roy Maran, Postmaster.

1939 April 1, Elbert R. Cook, Postmaster.

1940 November 6, Henry T. Bray, Postmaster.

1942 February 25, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Willits.

Wednesday
May032017

Fish Rock

See:  Conway's Landing > Fish Rock.

Thursday
May042017

Fort Bragg

1858 February 15, 1st Class Post Office established as Fort Bragg, Mendocino, California, located 1 1/2 miles north of Noyo and 5 miles south of Cleone. Name honors Lt. Colonel Braxton Bragg of Mexican War fame. The actual fort was built in 1857. Much of the industry has always been logging/lumbering.

G. Canning Smith, First Postmaster.

1858 June 30, Post Office discontinued.

1861 January 15, Post Office re-established. Clarence B. Goodwin, Postmaster.

1862 June 9, Post Office discontinued.

1885 November 11, Post Office re-established. Daniel Corry, Postmaster.

1887 March 13, M. N. Mitchell, Postmaster.

1887 November 26, Eri Huggins, Postmaster.

1893 August 30, C. C. Bucholtz, Postmaster.

1893 November 11, Frank Bucholtz, Postmaster.

1896 May 22, James J. Morrow, Postmaster.

1898 January 17, Eri Huggins, Postmaster.

1915 February 15, William W. Ware, Postmaster.

1930 February 14, Charles B. Melville, Postmaster.

1934 July 14, Raymond E. Ware, Postmaster.

1945 September 1, Hugo Celeri, Postmaster.

1965 July 16, Nills Jonas Jacobson, Postmaster.

 

Thursday
May042017

French

1897 January 25, 4th Class Post Office established as French, Mendocino, California, located 6 1/2 miles south of Frank, Humboldt County and 8 miles northeast of Kenny. Named for David S. French, the first Postmaster.

1897 December 27, Edgar L. Stewart, Postmaster.

1899 May 12, John N. Cox, Postmaster.

1900 July 11, Stephen Tarter, Postmaster.

1901 October 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Scottsville.

Thursday
May042017

Glenblair

1903 November 12, 4th Class Post Office established as Glenblair, Mendocino, California, located 8 miles east of Fort Bragg and 8 miles northwest of Gracy. Named for Glen Blair Mill Company founded in the 1860's.

Abbe Percival Scott, First Postmaster.

1906 December 8, Guy D. Kraft, Postmaster.

1907 October 23, Harry E. Lessley, Postmaster.

1909 August 5, Lewis R. Pyle, Postmaster.

1910 August 11, Ernest A. Sinclair, Postmaster.

1918 October 16, Webster C. Simonds, Postmaster.

1919 August 18, Charles S. Kapple, Postmaster.

1925 May 16, Stephen St. John Malven, Postmaster.

1928 September 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Fort Bragg.

Thursday
May042017

Glenmark

See:  Tomkiah > Glenmark

Thursday
May042017

Gracy

1896 May 6, 4th Class Post Office established as Gracy, Mendocino, California, located 6 miles east of Fort Bragg.

Charles B. Plummer, First Postmaster.

1897 November 13, Austin A. Lord, Postmaster.

1899 December 20, Post Office moved 1 miles south.

1902 April 15, Post Office moved 2 miles northeast. George W. Gracy, Postmaster.

1900 April 24, Samuel J. Zerbe, Postmaster.

1905 February 28, March D. Gray, Postmaster.

1905 June 24, Post Office moved 2 1/4 miles southeast.

1908 January 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Duffey.

Thursday
May042017

Gualala

1862 September 9, 2nd Class Post Office established as Gualala, Mendocino, California, located 12 miles northwest of Stewart's Point and 15 miles southeast of Point Arena. A Spanish language version of Pomo Indian word:  "wa-la-li" meaning "meeting place of the waters" - The Gualala River and Pacific Ocean.

Cyrus D. Robinson, First Postmaster.

1876 June 12, William Hayward or/ William B. Heywood, Postmaster.

1877 February 2, Cyrus D. Robinson, Postmaster.

1886 September 16, James Reinhart, Postmaster.

1888 March 24, Albert R. Tarwater, Postmaster.

1890 April 17, Joseph Tongue, Postmaster.

1891 September 12, Albert R. Tarwater, Postmaster.

1914 June 13, Pearl Briones, Postmaster.

1917 June 16, Sadie M. Styris, Postmaster.

1919 March 27, Mary L. Minogue, Postmaster.

1922 April 19, Martha C. Taylor, Postmaster.

1934 August 6, Miss Anna Benson, Postmaster.

1951 July 31, Mrs. Goldie L. Cates, Postmaster.

1963 December 23, Mrs. Maxine Junker, Postmaster.

1965 October 22, William F. Walker, Postmaster.

 

Thursday
May042017

Haran

1861 June 6, Post Office established as Haran, Mendocino, California. No record of Location in  U. S. Postal Records.

Silas F. Bennett, First Postmaster.

1862 March 24, Post Office discontinued.

Thursday
May042017

Hardyville > Hardy

1897 December 11, 4th Class Post Office established as Hardyville, Mendocino, California, located 4 miles south of Rockport and 8 miles north of Westport. Named for R. A. Hardy, pioneer settler, who built a mill on Hardy Creek in 1892.

Charles A. McFaul, First Postmaster.

1899 March 15, Post Office Application rescinded.

1902 June 6, Post Office re-established as Hardy thus dropping the "ville." Alice Kingsbury, Postmaster.

1909 August 10, Nathaniel J. Wythe, Postmaster.

1912 October 17, Hubert A. Rothgam, Postmaster.

1913 September 11, Everett E. Eldridge, Postmaster.

1915 April 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Westport.