Friday
May052017

Pomo

1870 Octobor 7, 4th Class Post Office established as Pomo, Mendocino, California, located 2 miles southeast of Potter Valley and 18 miles northeast of Ukiah per the Postal Route Map. "Pomo" means "people" to the Pomo Indians.

George W. Brown, First Postmaster.

1871 February 16, Post Office discontinued.

1872 June 10, Post Office re-established. Joseph N. Rea, Postmaster.

1874 July 3, Zerret W. Bransford, Postmaster.

1880 December 23, Ransom D. Brown, Postmaster.

1881 November 23, Post Office discontinued.

1882 February 14, Post office re-established. Francis M. Crossley, Postmaster.

1887 July 5, William Day, Postmaster.

1892 September 19, Mrs. Amie May Bevans, Postmaster.

1896 March 30, William M. Craven, Postmaster.

1902 December 16, Elizabeth Starbuck, Postmaster.

1903 November 16, Charles L. Hopkins, Postmaster.

1911 August 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Potter Valley.

 

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May052017

Poonkiny

1896 April 27, 4th Class Post Office established as Poonkiny, Mendocino, California, located 12 miles southwest of Covelo and 14 miles east of Laytonville. "punkini" means "wormwood."

William Bonee, First Postmaster.

1896 December 16, Sarah E. Goforth, Postmaster.

1900 September 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Covelo.

Friday
May052017

Potter Valley

1870 December 14, 3rd Class Post Office established as Potter Valley, Mendocino, Calkifornia, located 11 miles northeast of Calpella. Named for Thomas and William Potter, settlers of 1852.

Richmond Carner, First Postmaster.

1877 April 13, Thomas J. Compton, Postmaster.

1884 October 9, William Isaac Rice, Postmaster.

1885 August 28, Thomas J. Compton, Postmaster.

1891 July 24, John M. Roberts, Postmaster.

1895 October 8, Newton A. Barnett, Postmaster.

1899 October 18, John M. Roberts, Postmaster.

1908 November 30, Henry O. Bowers, Postmaster.

1914 January 9, Fred H. Bucknell, Postmaster.

1924 January 31, Joseph R. Adams, Postmaster.

1939 May 19, Mrs. Lena M. Whittaker, Postmaster.

1939 October 18, Mrs. Geneva Christofferson, Postmaster.

1963 October 31, Mrs. Lois E. Bevans, Postmaster.

 

Friday
May052017

Punta Arenas > Point Arenas > Point Arena

1858 June 2, 4th Class Post Office established as Punta Arenas, Mendocino, California, located 4 miles south of the Point.

Julius G. Morse, First Postmaster.

1869 September 28, Andrew W. Hall, Postmaster.

1871 February 13, DeWitt C. Hackley, Postmaster.

1873 October 2, LeGrand Morse, Postmaster.

1877 April 5, Pirous Peters, Postmaster.

1880 September 1, W. F. McClure, Postmaster.

1881 May 5, Gustavis Linderoos, Postmaster.

1885 August 10, Aaron Newfield, Postmaster.

1885 September 16, Charles W. Tindall, Postmaster.

1889 January 9, Post Office discontinued and the name changed to Point Arenas or Point Arena.

1889 January 9, 2nd Class Post Office established as Point Arenas, Mendocino, California, located 5 miles south of Manchester and 15 miles northwest of Gualala.  The "s" was dropped from Arenas. Arena is Spanish word for "sand bar." Name applied to the nearby cape, a landfall for mariners since its discovery on 26 February 1543 by Bartolome Ferrer.

William O'Connell, First Postmaster.

1889 October 16, Henry Symonds, Postmaster.

1899 August 31, Lydia Symonds, Postmaster.

1900 February 5, Lydia Howe, Postmaster.

1912 May 17, Henry Howe, Postmaster.

1917 June 2, Charles W. Reinking, Posytmaster.

1929 April 25, William H. Smith, Postmaster.

1940 February 1, Mrs. Jeannette M. Stuart, Postmaster.

1940 October 8, William H. Stuart, Postmaster.

1955 March 31, Henry C. Beebe, Postmaster.

1955 June 30, William R. Robinson, Postmaster.

 

Friday
May052017

Redwine

1904 June 13, 4th Class Post Office established as Redwine, Mendocino, California, located 12 miles east of Cummings. Named for Ida M. Redwine, First Postmaster.

1905 July 13, Post Office moved 6 miles west. J. Parkhurst Lilly, Postmaster.

1911 May 10, Frederick Simmerley, Postmaster.

1915 March 1, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Spyrock.

Friday
May052017

Redwood Valley

1920 February 6, 2nd Class Post Office established as Redwood Valley, Mendocino, California, located 8 miles north of Ukiah and 14 miles south of Willits. In the heart of the Sequoia sempervirens trees, hence the name. AKA:  Basil (No Post Office)

Frank A. Howland, First Postmaster.

1940 July 8, Roy W. Williams, Postmaster.

1971 March 20, Delbert E. Facklamb, Postmaster.

Friday
May052017

Ridgewood

1904 October 14, 4th Class Post Office established as Ridgewood, Mendocino, California, located 8 miles south of Willits on a wooded ridge.

Charles R. Thomas, First Postmaster.

1910 March 29, George W. Lane, Postmaster.

1911 November 24, Nellie C. Van Arsdale, Postmaster.

1914 January 15, Post office discontinued and the service moved to Willits.

Friday
May052017

Rockport

1888 February 13, 3rd Class Post Office established as Rockport, Mendocino, California, located 11 miles west of Westport. Rocky beach and cliffs meant using wood contructed chutes to transport the lumber down to the ships, thus the location name.

John A. McGilway, First Postmaster.

1890 May 21, David L. Albert, Postmaster.

1891 June 10, James J. Gowan, Postmaster.

1894 March 9, David L. Albert, Postmaster.

1900 April 17, Charles C. Rounds, Postmaster.

1901 December 9, L. J. Roach, Postmaster.

1902 September 26, Lucy W. Ortley, Postmaster.

1903 January 31, Post Office discontinued.

1926 February 5, Post Office re-established. Joseph D. Alexander, Postmaster.

1929 November 12, Theodore Johnson, Postmaster.

1934 March 31, Post Office discontinued.

1938 July 14, John S. Ross, Jr., Postmaster.

1938 August 4, Post Office re-established.

1940 March 22, William G. Burger, Postmaster.

1943 February 5, Miss Myrtle H. Williams, Postmaster.

1950 February 28, Mrs. Ada V. Keener, Postmaster.

1957 December 27, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Westport.

Friday
May052017

Rockway

1896 September 5, 4th Class Post Office establsihed as Rockway, Mendocino, California - location not in Postal files.

Almar N. Reed or/ Almer N. Reid, First Postmaster.

1896 December 11, Post Office application rescinded.

 

Friday
May052017

Russian River > Healdsburgh

1854 November 1, Post Office established as Russian River, Mendocino, California, located 14 miles north of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. A group of Russian fur trappers occupied the area from 1812 to 1842. Thus the name of the river and community.

Harman G. Heald, First Postmaster.

1855, Into Sonoma County by County boundary change.

1857 April 14, Post Office discontinued and the name changed to Healdsburgh.

Friday
May052017

Salsig > Manzanita

1904 November 28, 4th Class Post Office established as Salsig, Mendocino, California, located 7 1/2 miles southeast of Miller and 9 miles southwest of Philo. Named for Edgar Budd Salsig and Company, lumber mill operators. Site of tie camp.

Samuel McCanse, First Postmaster.

1912 September 9, Post Office discontinued and the name changed to Manzanita.

1912 September 9, 4th Class Post Office established as Manzanita, Mendocino, California, located 7 1/2 miles southeast of Miller and 9 miles southwest of Philo. "Manzanita is a Spanish language word for "little apple." The fruit of the Manzanita bush looks like little apples.

George H. Burk, First Postmaster.

1915 June 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Elk.

Thursday
May042017

Sanel > Hopland > Sanel > Hopland

1860 September 25, 4th Class Post Office established as Sanel, Mendocino, California, located along the Russian River, 14 miles south of Ukiah. A Pomo Indian village name.

William E. Connor, First Postmaster.

1866 November 6, James Fowzer, Sanel Postmaster.

1868 April 23, William E. Connor, Sanel Postmaster.

1869 January 29, Sanel Post Office discontinued.

1869 August 10, Sanel Post Office re-established. William W. Thatcher, Postmaster.

1875 December 13, Sanel Post Office discontinued.

1875 December 13, 3rd Class Post Office established as Hopland, Mendocino, California, located 14 miles south of Ukiah. Named for the main crop of the area, Hops. Was:  Sanel. Sanel and Hopland were on opposite sides of the Russian River.

William W. Thatcher, Hopland First Postmaster.

1889 July 13, Sanel Post Office re-established. Jessie M. Weybright, Sanel Postmaster.

1890 June 26, Post Office moved 1 mile west.

1890 September 15, Post Office discontinued and name changed to Sanel.

1891 February 20, Orrin Howell, Sanel Postmaster.

1891 September 2, Sanel Post Office discontinued, moved 1 mile east and re-establsihed as Hopland. Orrin Howell, Postmaster.

1886 September 16, Joseph A. Knox, Hopland Postmaster.

1889 August 9, Timothy Malony, Hopland Postmaster.

1896 January 15, Joseph W. Harris, Hopland Postmaster.

1913 April 26, Dorathea Dooley, Hopland Postmaster.

1921 October 3, Edna F. Grant, Postmaster.

1935 April 1, Dorathea Dooley, Postmaster.

1949 March 1, Dorothy A. Abert, Postmaster.

1957 February 14, Dorothy A. Robertson, Postmaster.

Friday
May052017

Sawyers

1898 December 2, 4th Class Post Office established as Sawyers, Mendocino, California, located 2 1/2 miles west of Hearst and 16 miles northwest of Potter Valley. Named for Marvin L. Sawyers, First Postmaster.

1903 December 14, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Hearst.

Friday
May052017

Scottsville

1899 September 6, 4th Class Post Office established as Scottsville, Mendocino, California, located 4 miles east of French and 4 miles south of Thorn, Humboldt County.

Abram Brilliant, First Postmaster.

1903 January 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Kenny.

Friday
May052017

Sherwood Valley > Sherwood

1867 May 29, 4th Class Post Office established as Sherwood Valley, Mendocino, California, located 10 miles northwest of Willits and 12 miles southeast of Cahto. Named for Alfred E. Sherwood, settler, stockman, farmer arrivinfg in 1853.

Lucius C. Tuttle, First Postmaster.

1875 January 5, Samuel Arthur, Postmaster.

1875 February 19, Hiram T. Hatch, Postmaster.

1879 January 21, George A. Decker, Postmaster.

1881 May 18, Post Office discontinued.

1882 November 28, Post Office re-established. John B. Lawhead, Postmaster.

1883 April 14, "Valley" dropped from name.

1884 June 11, Alfred E. Sherwood, Postmaster.

1886 September 16, John B. Lawhead, Postmaster.

1898 November 30, Post Office discontinued.

1900 May 2, Post Office re-established. Charles H. W. Koerner, Postmaster.

1904 December 17, Edward R. Kirk, Postmaster.

1906 September 21, John M. McGimsey, Postmaster.

1908 January 31, Zina J. Richards, Postmaster.

1909 June 28, James A. Montgomery, Postmaster.

1911 March 4, Grace Falkington, Postmaster.

1913 March 18, Edna Sherwood, Postmaster.

1916 April 3, Alexander Gallaher, Postmaster.

1918 November 25, Rosa Hulbert, Postmaster.

1920 January 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Willits.

Friday
May052017

Signal > Signal Port

1882 April 27, 4th Class Post Office established as Signal, Mendocino, California, located 3 1/2 miles northwest of Foish Rock and 7 miles southeast of Point Arena. Name derived from the procedure of signaling ships for offshore loading of lumber.

Loving B. Doe, First Postmaster.

1882 December 11, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Gualala.

1888 September 13, Post Office re-established as Signal Port. John Heritage, Postmaster.

1890 May 31, Post Office disocntinued and the service moved to Point Arena.

Friday
May052017

Spyrock

1910 April 28, Post Office established as Spyrock, Mendocino, California, located 4 miles north of Nashmead per Postal Route Map. The view from the nearby rock peak was perfect for looking down on the community.

Frederick Simmerley, First Postmaster.

1911 May 15, Post Office discontinued.

1915 March 1, Post Office re-established. Frederick Simmerley, Postmaster.

1919 April 28, Robert E. Mitchell, Postmaster.

1922 August 24, John W. McGhee, Postmaster.

1929 November 20, Mrs. Esther George, Postmaster.

1930 February 7, Mervin J. Kamena, Postmaster.

1933 September 17, Myron L. Dobner, Postmaster.

1934 December 10, Mrs. Frieda Dobner, Postmaster.

1938 May 11, Mrs. Eleanor Robinsosn, Postmaster.

1944 January 1, Mrs. Ethel Verda Jeffreys, Postmaster.

1958 December 31, Vania E. Allen, Postmaster.

1964 January 3, Changed from 4th Class Post Office to Independent Rural Station of Willits.

1967 June 14, Post Office discontinued.

Friday
May052017

Sylvandale

1911 April 29, 4th Class Post Office establiahed as Sylvandale, Mendocino, California, located 8 miles northwst of Willits. Vacation resort. A "dale in the woods."

Nellie G. Weirick, First Postmaster.

1916 April 15, Lena Hardman, Postmaster.

1916 November 20, Albert L. Getz, Postmaster.

1917 November 21, Ralph A. Parsons, Postmaster.

1918 September 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Sherwood.

 

Friday
May052017

Talmage

1891 May 26, 2nd Class Post Office established as Talmage, Mendocino, California, located 3 1/4 miles southeast of Ukiah per Postal Route Map. Named for Junius Talmage, pioneer settler.

Ellen A. McKinley, First Postmaster.

1901 May 3, Mary J. Milne, Postmaster.

1915 July 6, Walter L. Milne, Postmaster.

1924 November 15, Raymond O. Foster, Postmaster.

1929 April 12, Walter L. Milne, Postmaster.

1933 July 1, Mrs. Olga A. Milne, Postmaster.

1933 November 9, Raymond O. Foster, Postmaster.

1946 March 1, Raymond E. Ledford, Postmaster.

 

Friday
May052017

Tilly

1883 October 22, 4th Class Post Office established as Tilly, Mendocino, California, located 9 miles west of Cahto and 18 miles north of Kibesillah.

Richard W. Shimmin, First Postmaster.

1887 February 1, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Cahto.