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 Cibola County Post Office History
Transcribed by C. W. Barnum
This Project made possible by James W. White  Cibola County Post Offices
Arranged by date of establishment
Acomita September 2, 1905
Amado October 1, 1900
Atarque July 21, 1910
Ballejos December 24, 1910
Bibo  February 4, 1905
Bluewater June 21, 1889
Carr December 29, 1893
Casa Blanca September 22, 1905
Closson March 25, 1916
Cold Springs January 11, 1911
Copperton August 8, 1901
Correo April 20, 1917
Cubero February 24, 1879
De Vargas May 23, 1935
Diener March 25, 1916
El Morrow  June 15, 1927
Fence Lake September 17, 1936
Grants / Milan January 10, 1882
Jalaroso March 16, 1898
Juan Tafoya January 28, 1888
Kettner Jan 23, 1904
Laguna January 24, 1879
Marquez October 23, 1901
McCarty's  June 11, 1887
Miller April 17, 1911
New Laguna December 16, 1919
Paguate September 2, 1905
Palmer Ranch March 20, 1922
Paquate  September 2, 1905
Paxton Springs April 23, 1929
San Fidel December 24, 1910
San Mateo December 19, 1876
San Rafael March 21, 1881
Sawyer January 23, 1904
Seama  September 2, 1905
Seboyeta  February 5, 1885
Tingle January 25, 1932
Trachedo  January 28, 1918
Trechado January 28, 1918

Mail Transportation 
in Cibola County 2005 

All of the post offices in the county were established when the area was a part of Valencia County. Cibola County was formed when Valencia County was split on June 19, 1981. The first post office established in what is now Cibola County was San Mateo in 1876. Stage Routes were already in place from Santa Fe to Fort Wingate via Cabezon and carried the mail for San Mateo. With the rapid approach of the railroad, a road had been completed from Albuquerque. This road connected to the Santa Fe road at what would be Grants. A mail contract out of Albuquerque was awarded in 1879 to provide mail service to the new post offices at Laguna and Cubero.

The advance of the railroad was slowed only by stormy weather causing washouts and the survey stakes being pulled up to be used for firewood. The completion of the railroad in 1881 opened the area up to settlers and created boom towns along the way. Grants survived to become a trade center for the area and a post office was established there in 1882. All of the mail was then routed on the railroad. A star route was established to carry the mail from Grants to San Mateo and another met the railroad and carried the mail to Cubero. A route out of the Thoreau Post Office in McKinley County was established in 1904 to carry the mail to Sawyer. Another route from McKinley County was established out of the Zuni Post Office to provide mail service to Atarque.

With the opening of a post office in Trechado in 1918 came the need to establish a new route into the county from the south. The route was created out of the Quemado Post Office and later was extended to include Tingle and Fence Lake. This basic transportation system, with only occasional changes due to the addition or subtraction of offices, remained in place. Even the discontinuance of the Railway Post Office (RPO) service in 1967 did not change the transportation system. Highway Contract Routes out of Albuquerque were established to replace the RPO service. The routes previously established within the county remained intact with only slight adjustments in the departure times.

May 15 through May 21, 1938, was declared National Air Mail Week by the Post Office Department. There is evidence that both Grants and Cubero participated in the event with private planes carrying Air Mail to either Gallup or Grants. Although Air Mail service was eventually started between Albuquerque and Gallup in 1950, there were no scheduled stops in Cibola County. Any Air Mail accepted was trucked to Gallup or Albuquerque to be sent on a plane.

The national ZIP Code program was implemented in 1963 and the Gallup and Albuquerque Post Offices were designated as Sectional Center Facilities. All of the post offices in Cibola County (except Fence Lake) were designated as 870 offices and received the mail from Albuquerque. Fence Lake was assigned an 873 ZIP Code and received mail from Gallup. Since the transportation was already in place from Gallup and Albuquerque, no changes were required in the county. With the exception of vehicle types and adjustments to departure and arrival times, the transportation has not changed since the 1960s.

Postmasters

ACOMITA
Augustus D. Alien September 2, 1905 
Discontinued June 30, 1906
Edward Hunt June 4, 1912
Lola P. Garcia December 5, 1918
Agatha M. Poncho October 30, 1952
Gladys C. Chino September 13, 1956

AMADO
Lucario Candelaria October 1, 1900
Felipe Marquez July 6, 1904

ATARQUE:
Candelaria C. de Garcia July 21, 1910
Lorenzo C. Garcia March 19, 1914
Nicolas Chavez March 17, 1919
Alfred L. Ruiz, Jr. January 15, 1920
David 0. Garcia April 18, 1921
Discontinued - October 31, 1922 
Dorothy (Bergman) Martinez May 16, 1929 
Guillermo Laudavaso May 23, 1939 
Viviana Chavez October 14, 1941

BIBO
Benjamin Bibo February 4, 1905 
Celia Bibo March 6, 1911

BLUEWATER
William H. Hulvey June 21, 1889 
Discontinued June 27, 1892
Thomas L. Henderson September 26, 1895
John S. Van Doren October 23, 1899
Loren L. Henry February 12, 1903
Thomas C. Bryan April 12, 1904
Welcome 0. Chapman November 17, 1904
Edwin H. Dewey January 8, 1916
Charles H. Martineau February 1, 1917
Lena B. Thigpen April 18, 1918
Emma C. Snyman June 15, 1922
Edward C. Freas February 9, 1929
Lawrence E. Boardman November 15, 1930
Edward C. Freas (act) October 7, 1932
Vilatie W. Hyde November 25, 1933
William L. Clawson November 30, 1955
Lawrence D. Clawson (act) January 6, 1959
Virgie L. Carver March 31, 1961
Genevieve L. Hubbell April 1, 1976
Rosia W. Council (OIC)  September 30, 1988
Mary F. Goar February 25, 1989
Debra L. Council (OIC) June 7, 2001
Alfred E. Saavedra June 30, 2001

CARR
William T. Larned December 29, 1893

CASA BLANCA
William Paisano September 22, 1905
Abel Paisano June 30, 1937
Lorinda K. Halyvi June 2, 1953
Margaret Dailey December 29, 1964
Marilyn R. Kowice September 30, 1985

CLOSSON
John R. Ervein March 25, 1916
Lorenzo R. Sanchez, Jr. January 28, 1922
Ruth M. Sanchez March 28, 1922
Lilly I. Ewien November 20, 1922
Frank E. Crane November 29, 1924
Rebecca V. Coddington July 24, 1931
Joseph Harry Coddington January 14, 1933
Anna Clark August 20, 1937

COLD SPRINGS
Frank N. Unger January 11, 1911

COPPERTON
Flora B. Skeed August 8, 1901
Myra E. Lukens December 18, 1902
Mary L. Lukens January 14, 1904
Jophn B. Schell January 23, 1907

CORREO
Rose M. Walker April 20, 1917 
Charles L. McGauhey October 22, 1921
James A. McGauhey August 12, 1922
Calvin N. Crawford February 10, 1927
Joseph A. Pentz July 21, 1928
Francis Pentz  August 29, 1935
Lee A. Williams April 6, 1940
Harriet May Williams October 23, 1942
Discontinued September 30, 1945
Conard S. Felton September 16, 1946
Mary Louise Foutz April 29, 1947
Dorothy J. McDonald February 25, 1948
Nannie M. McCarty April 14, 1949
Max E. McKee September 20, 1949
Etta G. Foutz February 12, 1951
Murray B. Foutz  May 13, 1952
Henry E. Andrews  April 26, 1955

CUBERO
Alexander DeArmond February 24, 1879 
Narciso Pino August 15, 1889
Alexander DeArmond April 15, 1893
Solomon Bibo September 9, 1897
Leopold Bibo April 22, 1899
Emil Bibo May 1, 1902
Valentine DeArmond October 24, 1914
Ralph S. Wilson April 16, 1919
Roscoe Rice April 18, 1921
Oliva G. Rice February 6, 1922
Juanita D. Gonzales (act) October 31, 1946
Wayne E. Austin (act) May 8, 1947
Juanita D. Gonzales June 30, 1948
Carmen Salazar March 29, 1974
Roger Tapia (QIC) July 25, 1980
Frank J. Gallegos Jr. (OIC) January 22, 1981
Neville Ruth (Perea) Acoya August 8, 1981
Vernon Wallace (OIC) May 11, 1984
Teresa E. Baca November 10, 1984
Freda Cariego (OIC) December 29, 2001

DE VARGAS
Reginald Spears May 23, 1935

DIENER
James e. Boland March 25, 1916
Jucy J. Whiteside January 15, 1920
Carl L. D'Aix January 3, 1923

EL MORRO
Mable Walker June 15, 1927
Samuel S. Dorsett December 17, 1928
Joe Hamilton Porter (act) February 11, 1941
Georgia Ellen Porter (act) January 30, 1942
Rulon A. Ashcroft July 8, 1942
Lottie L. Parker August 29, 1950
Rulon A. Ashcroft November 30, 1951
Halver Lewis January 9, 1953
Maxine Bond July 22, 1955
Pat I. Griego (acting)  May 26, 1961

FENCE LAKE
Major Bruton September 17, 1936
Floice Northcutt November 5, 1942
Dale McGlothlin (acting) April 4, 1946
Virginia L. Bruton  May 21, 1947
Peggy L. Cox March 29, 1974 
Lester H. Roberts (QIC) October 8, 1976
Flora J. Clawson March 12, 1977
Virginia McDorman (QIC)  January 13, 1979
Peggy L. (Cox) May 30, 1979
Melton Virginia McDorman (QIC) April 30, 1982
Doris M. Clymo November 20, 1990
Audrey Gene Towner (QIC) September 4, 1982
Audrey Gene Towner February 5, 1994 
Reba L. Carver February 12, 2000

GRANTS / MILAN
W.P. Bargien January 10, 1882
Jesus M. Blea  February 8, 1882
Simon Bibo February 15, 1883
William Kennedy December 9, 1886
Henry M. Dyer April 16, 1887
Henry E. Easton October 22, 1887
Simon Bibo June 23, 1888 
Sally Block August 16, 1889
Laura E. Steams November 2, 1892
Sol Block July 3, 1894
Blanche A. Warren April 16, 1898
Simon Bibo March 14, 1899
Sol Block June 21, 1900    
Charles Neustadt March 8, 1902
Simon Bibo March 27, 1907
James Block July 26, 1915
Carl Seligman April 25, 1922
Charles Neustadt March 27, 1926
Clara Reed (act) March 15, 1946    
Henry Gallegos May 14, 1934
Ninfa J. Martinez  May 2, 1935
Max B. McBride August 5, 1949
Jacob Abraham (act) May 27, 1960
William Fitch, Jr. March 17, 1961
Albert A. Ortega July 31, 1963
Eddie Ray Roberts  June 27, 1968
Martha Harris (QIC) February 28, 1989
R. Victor Smith (QIC) April 24, 1989
Sandra Carter (OIC) July 24, 1989
Daniel R. Deremiah January 27, 1990 
Arturo H. Contreras (OIC) July 5, 1997
Harvey L. Davidson October 25, 1997
Ernest Barnes (OIC) April 27, 1999
William E. Weeks, Jr. August 28, 1999
Ray Sandoval (OIC) November 3, 2000
Vonna Yeager (OIC) January 26, 2000
Walter S. McBain March 24, 2001

JALAROSO
Max Kalter March 16, 1898 
David Garcia October 1, 1898

JUAN TAFOYA
Ramon Serna January 28, 1888
Manuel Cassias May 23, 1889
Adolfo Chavez February 25, 1891
Jesus Marquez October 5, 1892
Manuel Cassias March 5, 1895

LAGUNA
Robert G. Marmon January 24, 1879
Emil Bibo October 27, 1899
Effie Q. Mannon  July 14, 1900
Simon Bibo December 4, 1900
Gustave Weiss July 26, 1905
Mrs. Ayche S. Gunn June 19, 1920   
John M. Gunn  December 5, 1922
Henry C. Marmon February 8, 1927
Pearl Pradt November 8, 1933
Robert Hugh Crooks September 17, 1934
Lillie Ann Marmon March 3, 1943
Virginia L. Marmon January 8, 1953
Cynthia B. Romero (QIC) December 31, 1968
Rufina M. Fairbanks (QIC) October 2, 1970
Kenneth R. Alonzo (QIC) July 2, 1971
Lester G. Montoya  July 23, 1971
Lois E. Gilstrap (QIC) December 17, 1976
Frank C. Vigil (QIC) May 13, 1977
Janet Duran (QIC) September 29, 1977
Virginia A. Davis (QIC) April 18, 1978 
Frank C. Vigil June 3, 1978
Eileen H. Porter (QIC) June 28, 1980
Isidro S. LaJeunesse (QIC) August 23, 1980
Karene Cullen Fugate December 13, 1980
Marilyn K. King (QIC) December 4, 1982
David Horcasitas (QIC)  September 18, 1982
Clarence J. Pruett (OIC) March 24, 1983    
Mary J. Analla May 14, 1983
Geraldine Y. Pruitt (QIC) August 2, 1990 
James A. Graham December 29, 1990
Alice M. Lucero (QIC) April 1, 1997
Tina Martinez  July 5, 1997

MARQUEZ
J. Cerilio Ansurez October 23, 1901
Manuel Sandoval March 24, 1903
Francisquita Mora Sandoval February 3, 1917
Petrita S. Marquez December 31, 1945
Floripes Marquez February 10, 1956

McCARTY ' S
William A. L. Tarr June 11, 1887
Charles P. Rose March 11, 1892
Discontinued November 30, 1892
Silbestre Gabaldon July 17, 1909

MILLER
Manuel Lucero April 17, 1911

NEW LAGUNA
Ernest A. Davis December 16, 1919
Rodney E. Putney, Jr. September 21, 1920      
John J. Matt July 5, 1922
C. G. Gunderson June 6, 1923
John J. Matt April 16, 1928
Joseph F. Bowyer March 15, 1929
Hugo E. Jenson August 12, 1930
William C. Gladin September 5, 1931
Robert E. Putney, Jr. February 13, 1933    
C. C. Dannenbaum (act) March 31, 1934
William C. Gladin May 29, 1935
Abel Paisono (act) February 11, 193
Donald Kimbler 6 July 1, 1936
Robert E. Putney, Jr. February 11, 1938
Nevin H. Eckerman March 13, 1943
Velma E. Scholder (act) August 22, 1944
Nevin H. Eckerman September 30, 1945
Lois E. Gilstrap June 26, 1970
Robert E. Sanchez (QIC)  September 26, 1975
Harry Early October 29, 1976
Doug Rogers (QIC) December 28, 1990    
Lorraine Pruett (QIC) March 29, 1991
Donna Royer (QIC) June 3, 1991
Robert E. Porter August 24, 1991
Alice Lucero (QIC)  April 1, 1994
Marzella J. Porath  October 1, 1994

PAQUATE - PAGUATE
John M. Chaves September 2, 1905
Ayche Saracino February 17, 1906
Anna G. Engle January 21, 1907
Discontinued October 15, 1908
Bessie Paisano March 4, 1922 
Mary Agnes Thomas November 15, 1957
Elizabeth P. Waconda  February 9, 1959
Lillie J. Yahnozha September 17, 1962
Geraldine Y. Pruitt September 30, 1983

PALMER RANCH
Tom Palmer March 20, 1922

PAXTON SPRINGS
Max Raymond Prestridge April 23, 1929

BALLEJOS - SAN FIDEL
Donaciano Pino December 24, 1910
Discontinued April 15, 1916
Doloritas P. Otero May 15, 1917
Name Changed to San Fidel January 8, 1919
Tranquillino Otero November 16, 1927
Joseph B. Burwinkle (act) May 8, 1929
Procopio Baca (act) April 8, 1930
Lucy O. Armijo October 11, 1932
Lucy Valesques de Gonzales March 7, 1936
Mrs. Felix G. Martinez (act) March 19, 1938
Melkie Garcia October 20, 1938
Abdoo H. Fidel (act) March 12, 1940
Pentronilla T. Gallegos October 25, 1940
Isabel C. Shook January 4, 1943
Paul Erickson May 2, 1953
Mary Ann L. Tafoya June 30, 1972
Mary Goar (QIC) September 18, 1987
Geraldine Y. Pruitt (QIC) January 22, 1988
Tina L. (Lopez) Martinez July 30, 1988
Marzella Porath (QIC) February 11, 1993
Helice Valdo December 25, 1993

SAN MATEO
Roman A. Baca December 19, 1876
Rodolfo Otero February 15, 1883
Roman L. Baca November 3, 1884
Donaciano C. Garcia December 3, 1888
Roman A. Baca June 14, 1889
Ramona L. de Baca April 18, 1899
Felipe Marquez  March 7, 1905
Nina E. Samson January 7, 1908
Gabriel Sandoval December 23, 1909
Dubijinia M. Chavez December 18, 1911
Elena C. Trujillo May 20, 1921
Perfecto Sandoval July 12, 1923
Rafael Pena January 22, 1930
Ora W. (Sandoval) Martinez January 9, 1944
Delia O. Chavez January 5, 1962

SAN RAFAEL
Rafael Chavez March 21, 1881
Discontinued July 20, 1881
Rafael Chavez December 22, 1881
Able Teller March 8, 1882
Discontinued April 9, 1883
Casimiro S. Lucero June 3, 1893
Discontinued May 16, 1899
Nabor Mirabal October 11, 1899
Charles M. Grover February 13, 1905
Jose P. Chavez July 27, 1912
Beth M. Grover March 7, 1914
Amanda S. Gabaldon January 17, 1917
Max Weiss July 17, 1919
LeRoy Bibo October 24, 1921
Solomon Bibo (acting) August 17, 1923
Jose Leon Telles January 24, 1924
Aurelia R. Serna July 9, 1925
Celestina Dominguez December 13, 1939
Erlinda (Serna) Chavez December 7, 1940
Corine J. Rodriquez November 30, 1979
Alfred E. Saavedra (OIC) January 4, 1997
Jerri L. Burk July 19, 1997

KETTNER - SAWYER
Stanleigh A. Harabin January 23, 1904
George E. Kennedy March 3, 1909
Name changed to Sawyer July 16, 1909
Joseph Hayton November 25, 1913

SEAMA
Sarah E. Young September 2, 1905
Elizabeth Cracraft September 22, 1906
Juanito Corrillo January 15, 1910
Susie H. Beardsley  July 15, 1912
Lucy S. Sawstrom November 1, 1913
Susie H. Beardsley January 25, 1915
Discontinued May 31, 1919
Lucy L. Sawstrom September 26, 1924

SEBOYETA
Desiderio Sandoval February 5, 1885
Discontinued  October 18, 1892
George Julliard May 3, 1893
Ismael Garcia November 21, 1895
Calistro Montoya November 17, 1899
Narsiso Francis September 18, 1905
Calistro Montoya December 18, 1906
Edward H. Rushworth October 25, 1913
Espiridiona G. Sena  March 14, 1919
Felipe Sena September 27, 1920
Eliza (Archunde) Padilla October 18, 1924 
Bessie A. Serna January 19, 1931
Eliza A. Marquez March 18, 1947
Edwina M. Jaramillo (QIC) July 31, 1975
Mrs. Rupe A. Torrez  January 2, 1976
Salley Torrez (QIC)June 16, 1989

TINGLE
Ella A. Landers January 25, 1932
Curtis O. Teague April 14, 1934

TRACHEDO - trECHADO
Maurice E. Miller January 28, 1918
Discontinued January 15, 1919
Maurice E. Miller November 24, 1924
Robert E. Moore June 21, 1929
Maryemma Lethart May 3, 1933
Opal Moore August 27, 1936
Largus E. Moore November 19, 1940
Bertha Permenter September 9, 1941
Gladys Faye Everly December 21, 1944
Bessie E. Brannin December 19, 1946