First Post Office

By dhowell - Posted on 28 December 2007

The Manchester Post Office was established in the log house of Harry H. Gilbert in May, 1834 with mail available once a week when the postmaster went to meet the stage coach at Ann Arbor or Clinton. James Fargo succeeded Gilbert. Others who served were Barnabas Case and Lorenzo Higgins. In 1848 William Root was appointed. In 1853 Alanson Case was placed in charge and held the office until he resigned in 1859. Hull Goodyear was appointed and Chauncey Waibridge carried the mail.

An interesting note in the records shows that: "The boxes and furniture for the new post office arrived Monday, Nov. 8, 1897, and Postmaster Bailey and a number of carpenters at once set to work putting them in position. So the office was moved on Thursday evening to the place so long occupied by The People's Shoe Store. The room had been newly papered and painted and looked as slick as a button. The new outfit is of polished oak with carved cornice and glass panels of Florentine design, glass and metal front drawers, with combination locks, convenient assorting tables, large money order counters, cabinets, etc. In fact, everything is new and of the latest patterns as is usually found only in large cities.

"We were always proud of our old post office because it was so much nicer than any of our sister villages had, but my, the new one 'is out of sight!' We cannot tell how nice it looks. You will have to make a speedy visit and see for yourself.

"The old post office was shipped to North Adams today."