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Travels throughout county reveal rural post office

In earlier times of the 20th century, mail delivery was made twice a day as the envelope (above) shows, with an 8 a.m. postmark.

The deserted building (right) at one time was the Seagletown post office. Contributed / LTN Photo

In past years there were several Post Offices on the northwestern side of Lincolnton. Going north on the Old River Road stood a large, uninhabited house with a log barn beside it. In one section of this barn was the Post Office named Kimsic. I believe this farm belonged to the McGinnis family. I have a brass, fire tool holder that came from the farmhouse. My uncle, Ralph W. Heavner, bought all the old, wide pine boards from the Kismic Post Office. He and I brought these boards back to Lincolnton in my 1955 Ford pickup and used them to panel his den.
Starting again in Lincolnton and going northwest on the Reepsville Road, you will travel up the Warlick hill. Just before you start up the hill, the Seagle Town Road enters from the right. To your right stands the Seagle Town Post Office. This building, vacant, now stands in Reepsville. In 1998, Mrs. Russel Seagle showed me the official government seal she had in her possession.
Returning to the Reepsville Road, you then climb Warlick Hill. As you reach the top, you enter the community of Reepsville. Just beyond the empty Seagletown Post Office stands the Reepsville Post Office. In the early 1900’s, Reepsville was a vibrant community.
As you proceed westward for a few miles, we enter the Vale community with its Post Office. A Mr. Lutz lived just across from the Post Office. In a 1924 Touring car, he ran the Star Route to Lincolnton. It was a grueling undertaking to travel this dirt road, rain or shine, twice a day!
Continuing west, the road intersects the Cat Square Road. Taking a right here and traveling a mile or two, you will enter the community of Henry. There were many potters in this area. Enoch Reinhardt was a potter and a barber, Burlon Craig, potter extraordinaire and Bob Ritchie, to name a few. I was fortunate to have visisted Bob Ritchie and his pottery shed. His wife, Emma, was my great Aunt. Their daughter, Claire, hated this business! When she was young, she had to crawl in the kiln to place the potter, and then back in again to retrieve it after firing. It was a difficult and grimy task.
This area had a private school and a Post Office named, what else, Henry Post Office! Henry was the last Post Office in this Western neck of Lincoln County. Shown below is a letter that mailed at this Post Office. In the early 1900’s, the cost of a stamp was two cents! The envelope bears the Henry postmark showing the letter was mailed in the a.m. of April 8, 1914.
by David Heavner

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