Local Postal History
Post Offices: Rural Routes:
Bismark Post Office
Homeglen Post Office
Bluffton R.R. #2
Bluff Centre Post Office
Iowalta Post Office
Lacombe R.R.#3
Buckhorn Post Office
Lochinvar Post Office
Ponoka R.R. #4
Chesterwold Post Office
Town of Ponoka Post Office
Ponoka R.R. #5
Ferrybank Post Office
Springdale Post Office
Rimbey R.R. #3
Glenhewitt Post Office
Usona Post Office
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A little information about the Post Office in Canada ...
Postal services have existed in Canada since 1755, but until 1851, such services were controlled by the British government. It was not until 1867, when Canada became a country, that the Post Office came into existence as a federal Canadian government department. This lasted until 1981 when Canada Post became a Crown corporation. (visit the National Archives site for more information).
The information below has been collected from various local history books, post office records available through the library/archives system and from the searchable Post Office Database provided by the National Archives web site.
Check back as not all local history books have been reviewed for this information, so this page is likely to grow. If you have any information about mail carriers, or other postal history information for the County of Ponoka, please consider contributing the information to this site. Thanks!
Ralph Mowbray carrying mail
Ralph Mowbray carrying mail

SPRINGDALE DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Mail carrier in Springdale sometime between 1905 and 1911 was Mr. SISTY.

Mr. B. F. CRAIG - Mailman Extraordinare!
For 16 years Mr. B.F. CRAIG hauled the mail from Ponoka to Bluff Centre, between the years 1901 and 1917. He was the most regular mailman you could imagine. He arrived so regularly that people used to set their time by his arrival.
In all those 16 years, Mr. Craig missed only two (2) trips. And mind you those trips were made over trails, through swamp, river, wood and plain. And the two trips that he missed were because bridges were washed out over the rivers. On each occasion that he didn't make the trip he drowned his team trying.
Surely this is a record to be proud of. In this year of 1954, the people in that district went for tree weeks without mail because the mailman couldn't get through. How times have changed....
Excerpt from The Ponoka Book - 50th Anniversary: 1904 - 1954

Town of Ponoka Post Office History

The first post office between Red Deer and Edmonton was at Holbrook on the James AYLWIN Farm, located west of Menaik.
In Ponoka the first postal service was from Algar's store with Mr. F.E. ALGAR, postmaster. Later a separate post office was operated in the small building west of the store.
After a disastrous fire the next site chosen was across the road where the Pay-N-Take now stands (1954). It occupied 600 square feet and had 200 odd boxes.
The present post office was built in 1951 with 3,600 square feet of working space and 1,000 boxes.
Mr. George GORDON became postmaster in 1914. Mr. C.W. HEALING joined as assistant 33 years ago and with one other clerk ran the office for Mr. Gordon. He became postmaster in 1946 on Mr. Gordon's retirement.
Mail used to be delivered to sub-postoffices at Chesterwold, Ferrybank, Home Glen, Wood River, and Usona, but these have all been closed. Five rural routes now serve the district with two couriers, Mr. H. LUCAS and Mr. P. DELONG. For many years Mr. B.E. KYLER has carried mail to and from the train.

Excerpt from The Ponoka Book - 50th Anniversary: 1904 - 1954

FERRYBANK DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY (formerly Fairy Bank)
Location: Section 36-43-27-W4 Post Office OPENED: 1 May 1902 Post Office CLOSED: 12 February 1927
PostMaster:
Start Date
End Date:
W.J. EARL
1 May 1902
11 September 1905
A. Proctor BURWASH
1 December 1905
4 April 1907
H. G. DALGLIESH
1 June 1907
1 September 1910
Miss Mamie McLEAN
20 October 1910
27 August 1925
John H. WINGFIELD
15 February 1921
14 August 1925
Mrs. Edna DAVISON
16 November 1926
6 December 1926

IOWALTA DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 4-42-27-W4 Post Office OPENED: 1 March 1903 Post Office CLOSED: 30 November 1915
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
Thomas C. KING
1 March 1903
18 January 1907
James KINLEY
1 April 1907
23 July 1909
Alexander FRIZZELL
28 October 1909
30 November 1915

BISMARK DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 19-43-27-W4 Post Office OPENED: 1 August 1903 Post Office CLOSED: 28 February 1922
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
Chas. GEHRKE
1 August 1903
21 September 1903
Chas. R. KIRK
1 December 1903
4 August 1917
Lee M. ZACHARY
30 March 1918
16 December 1918
Chas. HEMEYER
19 May 1920
28 February 1922

CHESTERWOLD DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 31-44-27-w4
Post Office OPENED: 1 November 1903
Post Office CLOSED: 9 July 1934
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
Peter A. COOPER
1 November 1903
21 September 1915 (Non residence)
J.W. SANTEE
15 January 1916
30 March 1916 (resigned)
H.W. BENNETT
2 May 1917
FOIPP has made unavailable
Mrs. Belle ROCHON
3 November 1918
2 April 1923 (resigned)
Walter WILLIAMS
1 July 1923
21 October 1924 (resigned)
J.H. UNLAND Jr.
17 April 1925
4 July 1934 (resigned)
OTHER INFORMATION:
Mail Route(s):
Chesterwold-Main Post Road & Chesterwold-Ferry Bank
Distributing point
Ponoka; Ferry Bank
Federal Electoral District:
Chesterwold Wetaskiwin Strathcona (Alberta )
Reason given for closure:
Limited usefulness
Other addresses noted: Section 30-44-27-W4 and Section 32-44-27-W4

LOCHINVAR DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 30-42-27-W4 Post Office OPENED:1 May 1907 Post Office CLOSED: 22 May 1920
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
A.W. ARCHIBALD
5 May 1907
9 February 1920
The Lochinvar Post Office was established in 1906. A.W. Archibald was the postmaster until 1920 when the office was discontinued. Mr. Archibald also hauled the mail from 1906 until 1916 when teh rural route was established 4 miles further on where Crestomere School now stands, then 12 miles south and back to Lacombe, making a circle route, with mail boxes along the way. The first courier was Mr. Ames. Some others over the years were Wm. Stewart, the Steers Bros., K. Kent, Mr. Moorhouse, D. Perkins, Pete Boys, Jerry Leach, Chester Rick and at present Alvin Henderson.

LACOMBE R.R. #3 POSTAL H ISTORY
Contractors:
Contract Start Date:
D.W. GARNET
1 April 1919
W.E. STEWART
16 April 1919
STEERS Brothers
26 May 1920
C.K. KENT
1 January 1925
D.J. PERKINS
1 May 1930
Wm. R. BOYS
1 January 1937
Thomas C. WOODS
1 January 1945
Wm. R. BOYS
1 February 1945
J.A. WRIGHT
1 January 1947
Jerry LEACH
1 February 1947
C.L. RICK
1 November 1950
Alvin J. ANDERSON
1 February 1967

BLUFFTON R.R. #2 POSTAL HISTORY
Contractors:
Contract Start Date:
Roy BARBARREE
May 26, 1951
William SCHMIDT
January 1, 1954
Estate of W. SCHMIDT
February 8, 1963
Joseph REIS
May 1, 1963

PONOKA R.R.#4 POSTAL HISTORY
Contractors:
Contract Start Date:
E.J. PETERSON
1 November 1917
Ed. E. BASCOM
1 November 1921
Melvin L. GILLHAM
1 December 1925
Ed. E. BASCOM
1 October 1926
Byron E. KYLER
3 January 1930
T.W. LUCAS
1 January 1934
Estate of T.W. LUCAS
23 September 1937
S.V. SCABAR
1 January 1938
Paul C. LELONG
1 March 1938

PONOKA R.R. #5 (amalgamated with Ponoka R.R. #3 in 1960)
Contractors: Contract Start Date:
M.B. KYLER 23 August 1929
Thos. E. LUCAS 1 July 1933
Estate of T.E. LUCAS 23 September 1937
Eleanor B. LUCAS 1 June 1939
Paul C. DELONG 1 October 1940

RIMBEY R.R. #3
Contractors:
Contract Start Date:
Walter A. ALLISON
15 June 1929
Max VLIET
1 April 1933
R.F. SIMPSON
1 April 1937
Franks RETZLER
1 April 1947
Peter FRASER & JimLUKAS (sureties)
13 December 1947
Emmanuel R. THOMPSEN
1 January 1949
Harvey C. DOUGLAS
7 September 1951
Roger ROBERTS
8 May 1960
Alexander J. LANGMUIR
1 June 1960

HOMEGLEN DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 14-44-1-W5 Post Office OPENED: 1 March 1909 Post Office CLOSED: 22 May 1951
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
Mrs. William BATES
1 March 1909
16 August 1928
Mrs. Theressa RIDDIOUGH
5 July 1929
22 May 1951

GLENHEWITT DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: Section 32-42-28-W4 Post Office OPENED: 1 November 1913 Post Office CLOSED: 15 April 1930
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
J.J. HEWITT
1 November 1913
18 July 1929
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth GLASGOW
31 October 1929
15 April 1930

BUCKHORN DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY (was amalgamated with Rimbey R.R. #3 in 1929)
Location: Section 24-43-1-W5
Post Office OPENED: 1 February 1908
Post Office CLOSED: 31 October 1929
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date/Reason:
Abraham DAVIDSON
1 February 1908
5 January 1923 (Resigned)
Mrs. Mary DAVIDSON
18 May 1923
7 July 1928 (Resigned)
Cecil SHARPE ? 13 April 1929 (Unknown)
OTHER INFORMATION:
Mail Route:
Ponoka-Springdale
Distributing point:
Ponoka
Federal Electoral District: Wetaskiwin Strathcona (Alberta )
Other addresses noted: NE1/4, Sec 23, Twp 43, R 1, W5

USONA DISTRICT POSTAL HISTORY
Location: NE. 1/4, 3-45-26-W4
Post Office OPENED: 1903
Post Office CLOSED: 1945
PostMaster:
Start Date:
End Date:
Alfred OSTERLAND
1903
1925
Elof Nelson
1925
1937
McClinton
1937
?
William Carlson
?
1945
Alfred Osterland left the U.S.A. to settle in Alberta in 1902 on N.E. 1/4, 3-45-26-W4. By the next year he was established well enough to bring out his family. Within a short time he had started a store, and named it USONA - "United States of North America".
In the early years, the business was a part of the Osterland home but when the Anthony Hill School was replaced with a new building in 1914, the old shcool was moved into their yard and it became the store and the Post Office. In 1925 Mr. Osterland turned the Post Office over to Elof Nelson and closed up the store. The Model T had changed the trading habits and people's needs.
Mr. Nelson continued to provide the mail service from his home from 1925 to 1937 when it was moved to the new Usona store operated by Mr. McClinton on two acres of land bought from Mr. Joe Sejdl.
Mr. McClinton continued to operate the store and Post Office until he sold it to William Carson, the son of another pioneer family. He added a trucking service. When the store burned down the Post Office was continued under difficulty until a new building was erected across the road.
The Post Office Department of the Federal government, closed this Post Office in 1945.
Based on a excerpt from "Crestomere Sylvan Heights Heritage"

 

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