Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1:26PM
Jo Giessner

See Also:  Gregory

Modern Day Highway Exit Sign reads Antlers.

1908 February 5, 4th Class Post Office established as Antler, Shasta County, California located 7 miles south of Bayles. Name stemmed from the deer and antelope antlers decorating the walls of the hotel. James F. Gregory was the first postmaster.

This post office was established from the Gregory Post Office that had been in the location since 18 September 1900, after the Central Pacific Railroad built a station in 1898. The same location had served as the Smithson Stage Station in 1879. The Gregory Hotel, 32 miles north of Redding and about 100 yards from the Sacramento River built by James Franklin "Frank" Gregory (1863-1936), in 1901, became popular with hunters and fishermen. Before long several sets of antlers adorned the walls thus the name change.

Frank Gregory was the first postmaster for both Gregory and Antlers. often assisted by his wife, Martha Ellen "Mattie" Nelson Greenwood Gregory (1856-1952). Mattie was also active as an operator for the Telephone Company of America.

There was also Gregory Creek nearby flowing into the Sacramento River named for this family.

1914 January 15, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Bayles.

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