Eddy County Post Office History
Transcribed by C. W. Barnum
This Project made possible by James W. White 
Arranged by date of establishment
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Artesia April 6, 1899
Carlsbad December 1, 1888
Cass February 15, 1888
Dayton November 5, 1903
Eddy December 1, 1888
El Paso Gap October 16, 1916
Florence January 14, 1893
Hope October 10, 1890
Lakewood November 23, 1894
Loco Hills December 9, 1938
Lookout November 13, 1883
Loving January 14, 1893
Malga November 13, 1883
McMillan November 23, 1894
Oriental July 29, 1910
Otis October 13, 1893
Queen November 20, 1905
Reed's Ranch February 4, 1879
Seven Rivers June 9, 1877
Smith November 29, 1938
Stegman April 6, 1899
Swamp May 1, 1894
Vaud January 14, 1893
Westwater April 1, 1902
White City September 10, 1942
Mail Transportation 
in Eddy County

There were few Anglos in what would become Eddy County prior to the Civil War. A few traders and outlaws from Texas were scattered around the territory. Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving moved their first herds of cattle up the Pecos Valley in 1866. Seeing few Indians, good grass and abundant water, cattlemen began moving their stock into the area to winter closer to their markets. Mail for these settlers was either brought over the trail from Texas by cowboys or picked up at Fort Sumner. A post office was established at Roswell in 1873 and brought the mail a lot closer. The first post office was established at Seven Rivers on June 19, 1877. A Star Route was established out of the Roswell Post Office to carry the first official U.S. mail into what would be Eddy County. This mail was likely first carried on horseback and later in buggies as the volume increased.
A route was then established out of the Seven Rivers Post Office to carry mail to the Lower Penasco Post Office. The Hope Post Office was opened in 1890 and was added to this route. The Pecos Valley Branch of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad reached the New Mexico border on January 1, 1891. By January 13, the tracks had reached Carlsbad and was completed to Roswell on October 6, 1894. Railway Post Office (RPO) service was started on the line with the completion of this segment.
The Stegman (Artesia) Post Office was established in 1899 on the Pecos Valley Railroad. The mail for the post offices west to Tularosa was then routed to Stegman and carried on a new star route. A need for mail transportation to what is now Lea County was created when the Monument Post Office was opened in 1900. The mail was routed to Carlsbad on the train and a star route was established to carry the mail east.
Another route was established out of the Carlsbad Post Office in 1905. This route provided mail twice a week to the western part of the county when the Queen Post Office was opened. Around 1915 a special supply route was established out of the Carlsbad office to provide mail to the Frijole, Texas, Post Office south of Queens. This was soon incorporated into the Queens route. The route went to Queens one day and to Frijole on the next providing mail three days a week to each office.
By the mid 1930s, RPO service had been terminated between Carlsbad and Pecos, Texas. A star route was established to replace the rail service. Another route was established from Roswell to Carlsbad, with stops at each office in between, to supplement the rail service. With additional post offices being established. A need was created for more routes to the eastern part of the county and into Lea County. A route was added from Artesia to provide mail to the new Smith (Loco Hills) Post Office. In the early 1940s, Air Mail Route 29 was established. This route provided Air Mail between El Paso and Denver with New' Mexico stops at Carlsbad, Hobbs, Roswell, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Vegas.
With an increase in mail, and with new post offices being opened, there was a need for additional or extended star routes in the early 1940s. Carlsbad began providing mail to the new Whites City Post Office and added a route to Hobbs. The Artesia to Loco Hills route was extended east to Lovington. The RPO service was discontinued between Clovis and Carlsbad on September 25, 1954. The rail service had been declining for many years. The Post Office Department had anticipated this loss. The star routes that had been established to supplement the RPOs were able to continue mail delivery without any loss in service.
The introduction of ZIP Codes in 1963 and the creation of a Sectional Center Facility (SCF) at the Roswell Post Office went virtually unnoticed in Eddy County. Mail was already being routed through Roswell or was coming direct from other parts of the country. Other than some changes in frequency and arrival times, the routes have not changed much over the years.

Postmasters

STEGMAN / ARTESIA

Sallie L. Stegman April 6, 1899  George U. McCrary August 22, 1914 
William L. Whitaker April 8, 1901  Ernest A. Hannah April 20, 1922 
Dan Beckett October 2, 1902  Jesse L. Truett May 12, 1934
Thomas Beckett January 24, 1903  Mrs. Marion S. Dunnam June 30, 1954 
Daisy H. Ross May 6, 1903  George F. King January 8, 1971 
Julia R. Cleveland January 13, 1905  Henry O.'Alaniz May 2, 1981
Harry W. Hamilton June 27, 1906  Albert J. Graham July 24, 1982 
Daniel L. Newkirk April 1, 1910  Earlene Rummel March 2, 1992 
J. Frank Newkirk January 11, 1912  A. Grace Sanchez October 2, 1992

EDDY / CARLSBAD

Charles W. Greene December 1, 1888  W. Frank Mcllvain October 10, 1932 
Charles B. Eddy June 10, 1889  Ray S. Soladay May 16, 1933
William H. Slaughter September 28, 1893  Horace Grayson Hubert June 30, 1953 
Louis 0. Fullen September 17, 1897 Norman W. Butts October 30, 1975 
Name Changed to Carlsbad June 15, 1899 Victor G. Duran  July 6, 1976 
John T. Bolton October 4, 1907  Ernest E. Maes  November 19, 1976
John B. Harvey January 6, 1916  Bobby Carol Mahan August 13, 1977
Howard Prater (acting) June 25, 1919 John Roark  June 1, 1996 
John W. Wells February 4, 1920  Shelton Douglas Ramey Dec. 23, 1996 
Edward H. Hemenway October 27, 1923  Michael J. Veilleux April 23, 1999

CASS
Charles H. Slaughter February 15, 1888

DAYTON

Joseph M. Chase November 5, 1903 Harvey W. Gibson January 29, 1916
General Pinnell July 18, 1906 Mattie M. Bonarden  July 25, 1917
John B. Heck March 20, 1908 Elizabeth D. Wailes January 22, 1919
Frederick W. Jorns October 16, 1909  Clide McDaniel January 9, 1935 
Jesse D. McBride March 6, 1914 Nettie I. Burrows (act) March 27, 1944
Ferdinand A. Berry October 15, 1914 

EL PASO GAP

Charles E. Thomas October 16, 1916 Tom King May October 11, 1928
James C. Todd July 5, 1922 Vera C. Middleton April 17, 1929 
Emma Bonine April 10, 1924  Pearly M. Magby December 19, 1929
Mollie Clark  May 1, 1927 Margaret E. Lewis May 11, 1935

HOPE

Mollie F. Jarrell October 10, 1890 Floyd L. Cole November 15, 1933
Augustus F. Harris September 30, 1891 Anita Vivian (Lee) Teal August 29, 1975 
William L. Whitaker March 31, 1899 Ruth Ann Brown March 3, 1995
Eugene L. Brewer April 22, 1914 James S. Spencer III August 3, 1999
J. E. elms february 18, 1919 Linda S. Busby October 29, 1999
William S. Metcalf August 5, 1933 Donna K. Loya March 25, 2000

VAUtd / FLORENCE / LOVING

Ambrose B. Cady March 27, 1893  William H. Laidlaw October 17, 1912 
Alma B. Phillips May 29, 1893 Effie Hill December 20, 1917 
Arrigo Cassigoli September 22, 1893  Zelma Bright March 15, 1919 
Discontinued - February 5, 1894 Frederick R. Dickson April 21, 1920 
Benjamin Fisher June 26, 1894  Mahan Wyman August 5, 1922 
Name Changed to Florence September 6, 1894 James C. Wyman Augugt 22, 1933 
Paul E. DeWitz April 26, 1901  Neil Vervalin (OIC) May 30, 1939 
Name Changed to Loving June 1, 1908 Mrs. A-Iline B. Jones May 10, 1940 
Robert E. Tucker June 1, 1908 William E. Parchman October 2, 1964 
Walter A. Woods August 13, 1910  Michael J. Veilleux (OIC) January 3, 1985 
Gifford 0. Posey April 4, 1912  Rita C. Kezar May 11, 1985

McMILIAN / LAKEWOOD

L. Wallace Holt November 23, 1894 Winnie May Hughes July 10, 1943
Thomas H. Blackman December 19, 1895 Velma A. Floyd January 1, 1948
Thomas M. Waller January 30, 1902 Ola M. Floyd January 1, 1948
James W. Dauron June 25, 1907 Daisy D. Stockton July 28, 1953
James M. Wood April 21, 1914 Mrs. Marion T. Schneider April 6, 1956
Sallie Truitt (acting) January 18, 1923 Earl Schneider August 19, 1958
Stella Mae Webb November 8, 1923 Norma Schneider (OIC) July 23, 1982
Ora Mae Hellyer October 31, 1924 Eunice E. Norwood December 25, 1982
Martin C. Lee (acting) January 13, 1934 Beulah Lewis (OIC) April 13, 1984
Mary E. Lee February 21, 1934 Eleanor I. Thornton November 10, 1984

SMITH / LOCO HILLS

Sadie Smith December 9, 1938 Earl Schneider July 10, 1982
Louise Miller March 24, 1941 Patsy L. Frost August 31, 1990
John L. Briscoe March 12, 1947 Donna De Long April 30, 1993
Charles Wier January 23, 1948 Ismael Vasquez June 11, 1994

 LOOKOUT / MALAGA

Charles C. Markham November 13, 1883  Charles H. Dishman September 19, 1895 
James W. Coates July 10, 1884  Calvin 0. Carte April 17, 1901 
Thomas J. Scott December 8, 1885  Edward Cadwell March 19, 1902 
Lebbeus T. Larremore July 9, 1886 Thomas J. Sanford August 14, 1908 
Edward C. Robinson November 3, 1887  Anne E. Williams November 5, 1908 
Benjamin F. Mallory September 5, 1888  Willie Lee (Goff) Merrell June 7, 1927
Lafayette M. Collier February 5, 1889  Etta C. Reed October 6, 1937 
William G. Cass May 17, 1890 Marion E. (Thomas) Steele March 20, 1940 
Name Changed to Malaga April 25, 1892 Carolyn S. Willhoit January 22, 1960 
John B. Pendleton April 13, 1893  Rita C. Kezar June 1, 1979 
William R. Peurifoy March 16, 1894  Linda L. Kirkes may 11, 1985

ORIENTAL
Albert C. Jacobs July 29, 1910 
Frederick E. Hubert November 1, 1913

OTIS
Catherine M. Demorest October 13, 1893 
Cornelius J. Demorest May 5, 1897

QUEEN
James W. Tulk November 20, 1905 
Minnie N. Middleton July 3, 1912
Pearl Middleton April 7, 1917 
Fred A. Weir April 21, 1920

RANCH
C. S. Tibbetts February 4, 1879

SEVEN RIVERS

Robert W. Beckwith June 19, 1877  Herman Haerlin May 10, 1882
William H. Johnson August 13, 1878 Allen Y. Smith  December 8, 1885
James Beckwith September 23, 1878  Robert H. Pierce August 16, 1888
Marion Turner December 9, 1878 Joseph T. Fanning October 6, 1890
Henry L. Van Wyck July 12, 1880


WESTWATER
James C. Lorton April 1, 1902
Lee Middleton September 16, 1902

WHITES CITY
Charlie Lee September 10, 1942
White Ruth White January 4, 1956
Billie Ree Freiberger (act) December 30, 1965 
Bobbie R. Partin (acting) January 14, 1966
Edna A. Taylor June 26, 1967
Jo Ann Tapp October 31, 1978

2005