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200 Hundred Years of Postal Service

200 Hundred Years of Postal Service

 

November 5, 1816 Libbeus Hascall became Ticonderoga’s first Postmaster. 

 

November 5, 2016  ~ The Ticonderoga Post Office,  with assistance from the Ticonderoga Stamp Club and the Ticonderoga Historical Society,  commemorated the 200th anniversary of postal service to Ticonderoga, NY.

 

 

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James Madison, 4th President of the United States

 

Mr. Hascall, was one on Ticonderoga’s earliest attorneys to practice here at the Upper Falls.  His appointment to this position was during the administration of James Madison, our fourth elected president.

 

 

Ticonderoga Post Office – 200th Commemoration Cancellations

 

 

 

 

 

 

TICONDEROGA POST OFFICE
ESSEX COUNTY, NEW YORK

Name Title Date Appointed
Libbeus Hascall Postmaster 11/05/1816
Lemuel H. Wicker Postmaster 06/28/1819
Isaac Kellogg Postmaster 01/03/1820
Joseph Weed Postmaster 11/03/1823
Richard D. Arthur Postmaster 11/10/1832
Melancton W. Blin Postmaster 09/28/1833
John H. More Postmaster 05/03/1836
Mason A. Perkins Postmaster 05/19/1837
John H. More Postmaster 03/24/1838
Francis J. Arthur Postmaster 12/31/1840
George R. Andrews Postmaster 06/22/1841
Moses T. Clough Postmaster 07/24/1845
Alfred Weed Postmaster 04/14/1849
William A. G. Arthur Postmaster 05/13/1853
Alanson M. Pond Postmaster 03/21/1861
Frederick Weed Postmaster 06/20/1864
Thomas A. Riley Postmaster 12/02/1886
Alexander H. Weed Postmaster 12/09/1890
Thomas A. Riley Postmaster 01/23/1895
Eldie T. Wilcox Postmaster 03/03/1899
Albert Weed Postmaster 01/04/1900
Richard F. Hayes Postmaster 05/24/1916
Walter B. Gunning Postmaster 11/17/1921
Thomas F. Cunningham Postmaster 08/27/1935
John W. J. McCaughin Acting Postmaster 12/27/1965
John W. J. McCaughin Postmaster 07/27/1966
Thomas F. Hayes Officer-In-Charge 06/27/1972
Thomas F. Hayes Postmaster 02/17/1973
Herman J. Gordon Officer-In-Charge 12/29/1978
Patricia M. Lawson Officer-In-Charge 06/07/1979
Frederick A. Wendell Postmaster 11/03/1979
Rowena Albert Officer-In-Charge 07/01/1985
John E. Michalak Postmaster 09/14/1985
Dorothy L. Allen Officer-In-Charge 10/01/1992
Dorothy L. (Allen) Stull Postmaster 01/23/1993
Kenneth E. Hintz Officer-In-Charge 11/04/1996
Roger F. Curtis Officer-In-Charge 04/03/1997
Robert S. Armstrong Officer-In-Charge 07/10/1997
Linda C. Osborne Postmaster 10/11/1997
Paul G. Zimolka Officer-In-Charge 06/11/2009
Paul G. Zimolka Postmaster 08/29/2009
Jody M. Edson Officer-In-Charge 07/03/2012
Jody M. Edson Postmaster 10/06/2012

Streetroad Post Office

(Located in the Johnson Brothers General Store)

 

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Chilson Post Office

(Window Registration Book – 1961 to 1964)

 

 

 

Postal Box Receipt

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Postal History

 

 

Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General.  Postal Career – Franklin was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia by the British Crown Post in 1737.  Newspaper publishers often served as postmasters, which helped them to gather and distribute news.  Postmasters decided which newspapers could travel free in the mail — or in the mail at all.  Then British Postmaster General, Elliott Benger, added to Franklin’s duties by making him comptroller, with financial oversight for nearby Post Offices. Franklin lobbied the British to succeed Benger when his health failed and, with Virginia’s William Hunter, was named joint postmaster general for the Crown on August 10, 1753.  Franklin surveyed post roads and Post Offices, introduced a simple accounting method for postmasters, and had riders carry mail both night and day.  He encouraged postmasters to establish the penny post where letters not called for at the Post Office were delivered for a penny.  Remembering his experience with the Gazette, (his newspaper)  Franklin mandated delivery of all newspapers for a small fee.  In 1757, while serving as joint postmaster general. Franklin went to London to represent Pennsylvania’s government.  In 1763, back in the colonies. he traveled 1,600 miles surveying post roads and Post Offices from Virginia to New England.  In 1764, Franklin returned to London, where he represented the interests of several colonial governments.  In 1774, judged too sympathetic to the colonies, he was dismissed as joint postmaster general.

In 1775, Franklin served as a member of the Second Continental Congress, (John Hancock, was this Congress’ President), which appointed him Postmaster General on July 26 of that year.  With an annual salary of $1,000 and $340 for a secretary and comptroller, Franklin was responsible for all Post Offices from Massachusetts to Georgia and had authority to hire postmasters as necessary. In 1776, Franklin worked with the committee that created the Declaration of Independence, then left for Paris to secure French support for the war with England.  The treaty of alliance he negotiated in 1778 was vital to the success of the American Revolution.   ~ USPS History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From “Ticonderoga Patches and Patterns from its Past” – there is referenced to some early postal history:  “.. One writer referring to primitive Vermont, paints a picture that would probably closely portray conditions here.  He says, “The post offices were for the most part a shelf in the tavern bar or a drawer in the village store into which the infrequent letters and few newspapers were promiscuously tumbled to be searched through on demand of each inquirer.” 

 

 

 

Mail was first carried on horseback up and down the Champlain Valley on the Vermont side.  In summer it was transported via the lakes as a rather lively business existed between Montreal and the cities of the lower Hudson.  As roads improved, horse-drawn coaches carried both people and mail up and down the valley.  About 1816 Peter Comstock of Whitehall established a stage route from that place to Vergennes.  This served the Vermont towns between those points with mail three times per week.  It seems significant that the first record of postal service at Ticonderoga was also in 1816.  On November5 of that year Libbeus Hascall, an attorney of Ticonderoga received a Federal appointment as post-master here.  We can readily surmise that the regular mail service to Shoreham (VT) sparked regular from Shoreham to Ticonderoga and thus necessitated a post-master.   A post office was established at Larrabee’s Point (VT) in 1831, and this would indicate that mail was also then coming by boat as was attested by an Add to dictionary the Whitehall Democrat in 1856.  This Public Notice calls attention to a new mail stage from Rochester, Vermont, to Ticonderoga.  This run was arranged to intercept a Boston to Burlington stage at Brandon (VT) and the Champlain steamer at Chipman’s Point (VT).  This schedule was also for the trip one way. Where the post office was, or rather where the postal facilities were at this period cannot with certainty be determined.  Possibly they were in some general store or tavern.  The use of postage stamps begun in 1847.  The postage on most mail up to 1850 was paid as the addressee  received it.  Many account books reflect this.  Edward McCaughin noted in his accounts of 1837 that John Thompson owned him 12 1/2 cents postage on two letters from Salim (sic) (Salem, Washington County, NY).  Two letters from back home in Ireland cost Mr. McCaughin 40 cents in 1838.”

 

 

 

 

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As the holiday season is fast approaching and you are considering your gift giving list ~ visit  our “Olde Post Office Book and Gift Shop” ~ for that something special you are looking for.   While there take a close look at our early postal collection archived from surrounding post offices. 

 

 

 

 

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“Olde Post Office Book & Gift Shop” Hancock House

 

Congratulations to all of the employees of the Ticonderoga Post Office  on your  200th Anniversary.  We thank you and all those that you followed for the dedicated service to our community we call home.

 

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