Itís centennial time at the Barnard Post Office next week, reports Postmaster Marjorie Maholland. Cake and coffee will be served patrons and friends in an all-day open house Friday, May 21, in observance of the insitutionís 100th year.
Doing a bit of research on her own, Mrs. Maholland learned that it was 100 years ago May 18, 1882, that the first United States Post Office was established at Nimrod, with Isaac A. Ballard as its postmaster. Six years and four days later, May 22, 1888, the federal government changed the site to Barnard and named William A. Smith postmaster.
According to Mrs. Maholland, this information was verified by the U.S. Postal Service, Bureau of Archives, Washington, D.C., just a few days ago in answer to her inquiry.
Today, the Barnard Post Office serves 76 customer-patrons at its window and inside boxes; there are 124 rural route patrons. In addition to the postmaster, the staff includes Virginia Montgomery, clerk; Bill Biggs, rural carrier; and Leo Wallace, substitute carrier.
Mrs. Maholland, who has been Postmaster since 1976, said that the present native stone building housing the postal service at Barnard was built in 1960. The Barnard Post Office has been situated in several different bildings in various locations since it was established a century ago.