Cass Post Office closes after 110 years of service
The Cass Post Office joined the ranks of 82 other Pocahontas County post offices November 3 when it closed its doors at the end of the day for the last time, ending 110 years of postal service.
ﾓIt is a sad day,ﾔ Green Bank Postmaster Doris Stump said. ﾓA lot of people have been coming in today and getting the last postmark. Theyﾒre very sad to see this happen.ﾔ
The debate of the lifespan of the post office began in March when residents of Cass received notice about a public meeting to discuss changes.
At that time, the goal was to keep the post office open, but these plans changed with the seasons.
ﾓThey do feasibility studies and have community meetings to get comments,ﾔ Stump explained. ﾓThen, they weigh the cost [of keeping the post office open] because the financial structure of the post office, nationwide, is not very good.ﾔ
The Cass Post Office served nearly 200 people in Cass and surrounding areas, with 50 renting post office boxes and an estimated 150 customers on the rural route.
Stump said that many people have already rented boxes at the Green Bank post office, where all Cass mail will be routed. A cluster box, a unit of post office boxes, will be placed near the former Cass bridge for residents to rent.
Diann Elza, the officer in charge at Cass, will continue her work with the postal service at Durbin.
The post office opened in 1901 with Jasper S. Mathews serving as postmaster. Through the years, the post office had 12 postmasters.
A public meeting to discuss the future of the Buckeye Post Office will take place Wednesday, November 9 at 6 p.m. at Marlinton Middle School.
Following is a list of the former post offices of Pocahontas County and the years they closed.
1836: Cackleys, Bluebeard; 1851: Mathewsville; 1852: Isabella; 1856: Little Levels; 1858: Mount Murphy; 1860: Old Field Fork of Elk; 1866: Big Spring, Thorny Creek; 1880: Mosing; 1888: Denning; 1889: Aylmer; 1894: Split Rock; 1897: Elk; 1899: Malcomb; 1901: Gillispie, Karlick; 1902: Driftwood, Louise, Murphy; 1903: Collins, Armentrout, Alderny; 1904: Top of Alleghany; 1906: Travelersﾒ Repose, Driscol, Sitlington, Clark; 1907: Gertrude, Wapello; 1909: Violet; 1910: Brancher; 1911: Dunlevie, Madeline, Lambert; 1912: Minnehaha; 1913: Brady, Clawson; 1914: Academy, Wanless; 1915: Sunset, Dilleyﾒs Mill, May; 1916: Burner, Harter, Wildell; 1917: Yelk, Itmann; 1918: Augment, Winterburn; 1919: Mount Lick; 1920: Nida; 1921: Deer Creek; 1922: Kennison; 1923: Warwick; 1924: Rimel; 1925: Spruce; 1927: Locust; 1930: Nottingham; 1934: Linwood, Onoto, Burr, Raywood; 1937: Edray, Woodrow; 1941: Jacox; 1943: Hosterman, Spice; 1944: Thornwood; 1951: Denmar; 1952: Watoga; 1954: Lobelia; 1965: Huntersville; 1967: Frost, Boyer; 1971: Clover Lick; 1973: Beard, Mace; 1984: Frank; 1985: Seebert, Droop; 1987: Stony Bottom; 1989: Minnehaha Springs; 1990: Millpoint; 2011: Cass.