Socorro County Post Office History
This Project made possible by James W. White
Transcribed by C. W. Barnum 2005
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Arranged by date of establishment
 
Socorro April 17, 1851
Fort Craig March 22, 1855
Lemitar January 10, 1866
Sabinal June 12, 1866
Paraje September 24, 1867
San Marcial December 31, 1869
San Antonio August 24, 1870
La Joya June 21, 1871
San Carlos February 26, 1875
Magdalena September 24, 1875
Craig July 2, 1880
Cherryville March 9, 1881
Monica June 1, 1881
Council Rock August 15, 1881
Oscura October 6 1881
Polvadera November 2, 1881
San Acacia November 17, 1881
Kelly February 15, 1883
Carthage September 20, 1883
Lava May 21, 1886
Red Canon June 19, 1886
American Valley May 27, 1887
Riley January 30, 1892
San Jose April 9, 1892
Park April 22, 1892
Fraley September 20, 1893
Montezuma January 13, 1896
Clyde January 8, 1897
Water Canyon January 9, 1899
Rosedale August 25, 1899
Burley April 29, 1901
Bernardo May 31, 1902
Field April 3, 1903
Elmendorf July 14, 1906
Hansonburg September 18, 1906
Ozanne September 18, 1906
Milligan April 13, 1907
Murray June 14, 1909
Veguita August 29, 1913
Rayo October 7, 1916
Tokay November 9, 1917
Abeytas October 29, 1918
Contreras April 14, 1919
Otten March 11, 1922
Dusty May 27, 1927
Augustine November 14, 1927
Claunch February 10, 1931
Escondida February 14, 1931
Adobe May 10, 1933
Bingham July 30, 1934
Florida February 16, 1950

Mail Transportation 
in Socorro County

Socorro served as an important stop for travelers on the Camino Real and the mail for the Spanish settlers was delivered by the Spanish supply trains from Mexico City and later from Chihuahua. This Mission Supply Service was established in 1609. It made a round trip between Mexico City and Santa Fe once every three years.
Because of the Indians, changes were made to send the mail every three or four months with a small escort of soldiers and civilians wishing to travel with them. Merchants' wagons and livestock were not permitted due to the need to travel fast and often at night. It was not a good idea to leave a lot of wagon tracks and dust behind them.
Socorro was used as a rest stop. Neither the Spanish nor the Mexicans established a post office in Socorro. Official documents, mail and supplies would have been left at the mission. By 1805 mail was leaving the first of April, July, September and November. In 1815 a monthly mail service was established to carry mail from Santa Fe to El Paso.
After the Mexican Revolution in 1821, the Mexican Government allowed trade with the United States. With the start of the Santa Fe Trail, Socorro received much of its merchandise and mail from Santa Fe. After the capture of New Mexico in 1846, there were no authorized mail routes going into the southern part of the territory until November 1, 1851. Until the stage route was established between San Antonio, Texas and Santa Fe, the mail was delivered outside the mails by military post riders and the freighter's wagons. A route was added to the west from Socorro to Patterson (Catron County) three days a week. Another route arrived in San Antonio, New Mexico, from Roswell.
The mail continued to be delivered by the stage route until July of 1880 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad reached Socorro. The stage route was then discontinued and the mail was delivered by the Railway Post Office (RPO) car. Mining and railroad towns were starting all around the area and Socorro soon began to emerge as the central town that the other communities would rely on for services and support. A mail contract was awarded October 15, 1880, to deliver mail to the communities between Socorro and Fort Stanton.
In December of 1884, a railroad line was completed from Socorro to Magdalena with a spur line added to Kelly. Another line was added from San Antonio to Carthage with the stage route continuing to Roswell.
By 1902 the route between San Antonio and Roswell had been abolished due to the completion of the railroad from El Paso to Santa Rosa. Mail could now be routed from almost anywhere in the state by rail to Socorro. A stage route from San Marcial to the new Rosedale Post Office was established in 1899.
Very few changes occurred in the transportation through the early 1900's. A route out of the Oscuro Post Office in Lincoln County had been authorized in 1909 to carry mail to the new Murray Post Office in the eastern part of Socorro County. Short contract routes were established, changed or discontinued within the county as offices were added and closed.
In 1916 a Special Supply Route was approved from the Mountainair Post Office in Torrance County to provide mail to the newly established Rayo Post Office in the northeastern part of the county. In the 1930's, Socorro began receiving mail from an automobile route established out of the Las Cruces Post Office. This route provided mail to offices along the Rio Grande that were not on the railroad. A new automobile route was established between San Antonio and Roswell.
About 1940, the railroad line to Magdalena stopped carrying mail and a star route between Magdalena and Springerville, Arizona, was extended to Socorro. Other routes were established to supplement the rail services to the post off ices between Socorro and Belen on June 10, 1946, the mail contract from Roswell to San Antonio was extended to terminate in Socorro. Socorro had seen it all as far as mail delivery goes. Carretas, mule caravans, Spanish military couriers, wagon trains, stage coaches, U.S. Military express riders (to Fort Craig), railroads, automobiles trucks and airplanes had all transported mail to Socorro. Socorro County received its first Air Mail flight when Route 29 was extended from Albuquerque to El Paso with a stop in Socorro. The first plane to carry Air Mail from Socorro departed on March 31, 1950.
In the mid 1950's a Highway Contract Route (HCR) was established between Albuquerque and El Paso with a stop in Socorro. The route between Las Cruces and Socorro was then abolished. The RPO service between Albuquerque and El Paso was discontinued in 1965. Socorro, along with all the other post offices south of Albuquerque, was now dependent on the HCR service to provide mail transportation. ZIP Codes were created in 1963 and Socorro became a Sectional Center Facility responsible for the mail processing and transportation within the 878 boundary. Since Socorro had already become the hub for mail transportation, no major changes had to be made. Since that time, only the dispatch and arrival times have been changed as needed. Socorro now receives the bulk of its mail from the Albuquerque Plant.

Postmasters:
ABEYTAS
Gregorio Abeyta October 29, 1918
Lucian Abeyta December 20, 1935
Felix Abeyta August 1, 1942
Miss Bennie Jaramillo March 14, 1943
ADOBE
Ester L. Griffin May 10, 1933
AMERICAN VALLEY
Charles F. Jewett May 27, 1887
AUGUSTINE
William W. Zahnley November 14, 1927
Harrison J. Martin March 1, 1930
Bertha A. Zahnley November 24, 1931 
Mabel Walker November 8, 1937 
Nena Boggus February 20, 1939
Mabel S. Cappel June 18, 1947
Kittie Mae Harris November 18, 1947
BERNARDO
Oscar Liffreing May 31, 1902 
BINGHAM
Sam Bingham August 15, 1934 
Mabel Dean (acting) September 18, 1935
Robert H. Dean January 1, 1936
Helen L. Wrye July 1, 1977
BURLEY
Nelson A. Field April 29, 1901
Jose Maria Sanchez June 16, 1904
Nelson A. Field July 28, 1905
Theophilus W. Medley July 18, 1906
Bertha M. Jones March 3, 1910
Jose M. Jaramillo June 30, 1911 
Lillie Coe February 25, 1914
CARTHAGE
John James September 20, 1883 
Jesse H. Crane February 26, 1886 
George W. Bond May 16, 1888
George Shaub January 8, 1889 
Donald Stewart June 11, 1890
Discontinued August 12, 1893
John James September 18, 1906 
William MacDougall June 3, 1909 
Beatrice MacDougall March 17, 1922 
William MacDougall October 3, 1923 
John D. Muncy October 1, 1935 
CHERRYVILLE
Andrew Kelley March 9, 1881
CLAUNCH
Hester T. Pherigo February 14, 1930 
Maurice R. Spear June 25, 1938
Margaret Stryker (act) September 13, 1940 
Irma R. Spear March 22, 1941
Maurice R. Spear (act) February 25, 1943
Mrs. Marvel L. Spear April 24, 1944 
Lois Carman Petross March 28, 1955Mary Lee Talley December 8, 1958
Neva M. Petross October 7, 1977
Jimmie D. Wells September 29, 1988
Benolyn K. McKibben  November 10, 1994 
CLYDE
Geronimo E. Baca January 8, 1897
Evaristo Abrego March 18, 1902
Angelica Jojola January 8, 1903
Brigida Candelaria  June 24, 1904
Geronimo E. Baca November 13, 1905
Gabriel Gallegos January 19, 1909
Alfredo L. Pacheco  October 27, 1909
Daniel Lajola  January 2, 1923
Mauricio A. Baca March 4, 1935
Fred Gallegos October 15, 1937
CONTRERAS
J. Andres Contreras April 14, 1919 
Discontinued - September 15, 1923
Miguel Salas December 29, 1923 
Ambrocio Gonzales September 23, 1930
Discontinued - February 28, 1935 
Emiliano Contreras October 28, 1935
COUNCIL ROCK
M. C. Logan August 15, 1881 
Robert A. Darst February 14, 1882
CRAIG
William J. Worden July 2, 1880 
John Wallace Crawford May 31, 1881
DUSTY
Mollie C. Ramsey May 27, 1927 
Bessie 0. Ramsey January 19, 1943 
Ruby C. Madison December 29, 1945
Discontinued - April 30, 1948
Dorothy M. Hilliard November 16, 1950 
Mary E. McCracken June 20, 1952
ELMENDORF
Charles H. Elmendorf July 14, 1906
Hampton H. Lisle September 17, 1909 
Gustave G. Freberg November 6, 1913
Hampton H. Lisle September 11, 1914
ESCONDIDA
Emilia C. Baca February 10, 1931
PUERTECITO / FIELD
Federico Giron April 3, 1903 
Ambrocio Garcia May 14, 1904
Pablo Armijo November 13, 1905 
Ismael Aragon February 10, 1906 
Proeopis Garcia June 29, 1906 
Bonifacio Lopez June 13, 1907 
Andres G. Armijo January 26, 1927 
Nelson A. Field November 27, 1929
Name Changed to Field March 6, 1930
Andres G. Armijo November 20, 1939
FLORIDA
Salomon Mora February 16, 1950
Juan B Gonzales April 17, 1950 
FORT CRAIG
Ignacy Sumouski March 22, 1855
Joshua Jones October 21, 1863
John R. Hunt December 11, 1865
William W. B. Wardwell December 19, 1866
Edward W. Bates March 19, 1867
William W. B. Wardwell May 27, 1870 
Edwin A. Rigg October 30, 1873
George C. Strong October 24, 1877
FRALEY
William R. Mitchell  September 20, 1893
HANSONBURG
Luciano Tafoya September 18, 1906
William Apperson April 20, 1910 
KELLY
Daniel Greer February 15, 1883 
Henry A. Robinson April 19, 1883 
Michael Ward January 9, 1885 
Hans A. Olson November 2, 1887 
William H. Mitchel January 23, 1895 
Discontinued - March 23, 1895
William A. Connely October 23, 1895 
Lawrence R. Babcock November 21, 1898 
Frederick L. Hammond July 9, 1910 
Charles W. Fairfield December 19, 1914 
Edwardo Lucero September 3, 1915 
Harriette M. Babcock February 21, 1920 
William B. Foster January 3, 1925 
William R. Dobson April 15, 1926 
J. A. MacDonald (acting) March 2, 1931 
John W. Hill August 28, 1931  
Irene S. Nunez September 24, 1942
LA JOYA
Charles Trieloff June 21, 1871 
Discontinued - April 30, 1873 
Charles Trieloff February 28, 1883 
Lucinda J. Trieloff March 4, 1886
Discontinued - July 12, 1887
Gregorio Baca March 22, 1888 
Felipe P. Y. Martinez July 29, 1893
Tomas Cordova December 5, 1895 
Ramon Torres August 11, 1904 
Vencente C. Torres August 28, 1909 
Abran Barela June 19, 1922 
Jose 1. Barela December 18, 1924 
Ernestina Barela April 30, 1968 
Sandra R. Garcia (OIC) April 30, 1997 
Services Suspended - August 28, 1997
Sandra R. Garcia May 30, 1998
LAVA
James G. Kuhn May 21, 1886 
Albert T. Hunt April 15, 1890 
Frank B. Hunt, Jr. April 1, 1893 
John R. DeMier December 2, 1896
Discontinued - May 3, 1898
Leon K. Edwards February 8, 1900 
Frank H. Lowery April 3, 1901 
James H. Knight January 8, 1903
LEMITAR
Philip Bourguignon January 10, 1866 
Jules L. Barbey December 5, 1866 
Jose Armijo Y. Gabaldon January 24, 1867 
Philip Bourguignon November 12, 1869 
Pablo Montoya October 30, 1871
Philip Bourguignon February 14, 1872
Discontinued - April 22, 1872
Philip Bourguignon February 10, 1873 
Jose Baca October 22, 1874
Discontinued - October 24, 1877 
Jacinto Sanchez January 6, 1880 
Discontinued - June 1, 1880 
Philip Bourguignon February 26, 1883 
H. L. Ortiz November 27, 1885 
Discontinued - February 5, 1886 
Clemente Castillo June 28, 1893 
Leonor M. de Sanchez June 19, 1899 
Meliton Gonzales January 9, 1904 
Victor Lopez February 24, 1909 
Antonio E. Gonzales April 9, 1937 
Ramona V. Gonzales September 30, 1952 
Armida Crespin October 25, 1974
SOCORRO MINES / MAGDALENA MINES / MAGDALENA
Socarro Mines
John H. Hise September 24, 1875 
George M. Lowell July 11, 1876 
W. H. Ales June 19, 1877 
John E. Smith March 11, 1878
Changed to Magdalena Mines April 16, 1878 
Ethan W. Eaton April 16, 1878 
Discontinued - November 11, 1878
Reestablished as Magdalena
Francis Buchanan June 21, 1880 
Henry C. Breckrinridge June 2, 1881
Davis F. Easton November 1, 1881 
Nathan Neff August 4, 1882 
Ernest A. Munger February 27, 1883
Discontinued - November 23, 1883
John G. Miller December 16, 1884 
George F. Graves December 8, 1885 
William M. Borrowdale may 9, 1888
John S. Mactavish March 8, 1898 
Marcellus McCreary January 14, 1914 
Harmon A. Hodges August 25, 1915 
Robert J. Lentz March 8, 1918 
Callie L. Beagle April 7, 1922 
Jeffrey A. Houghton October 15, 1926 
Hezekiah Hall July 22, 1933 
Eustasio J. Sanchez (act) November 30, 1959 
Carlota N. Henderson (act) April 11, 1961
Mateas P. Serna July 26, 1963 
Wilford Romero (OIC) April 3, 1987 
Joseph E. Creasy (OIC) July 10, 1987 
Carlota N. Henderson September 26, 1987 
Mavis L. Purdue (OIC) January 3, 1992 
Joseph E. Creasy May 2, 1992
Jenny A. Creager (OIC) May 22, 1996
Mary Whittaker November 23, 1996 
Abigail A. Sager July 7, 1999
MILLIGAN
Melcor Silva April 13, 1907
MONICA
Robert H. Stapleton June 1, 1881
MONTEZUMA
Antonio Campos January 13, 1896
Alex V. Kleber September 5, 1899
MURRAY
John P. Murray June 14, 1909
OSCURA
John Collano October 6, 1881
OTTEN
Salmon C. Elliott March 11, 1922 
SAN ACACIA
Jose M. Gallegos November 17, 1881
Jose D. Cordova October 12, 1892 
Teodorita Cordoba February 17, 1894
William H. Spaclanan October 23, 1900
Severo Rivera March 12, 1910 
William H. Spackman February 2, 1914
Elsie Z. Spackman February 28, 1917
Phillip Zimmer February 20, 1924 
Mary Sickles  March 19, 1935
Jack D. Sweeten October 23, 1936
Rose May Sweeten November 23, 1937
Augustine R. Lucero April 21, 1943 
Robert C. Eaton January 6, 1949 
Mrs. Frances P. Eaton (OIC) June 30, 1972 
Theodora Tisone September 30, 1972
Michael E. Chavez (OIC)  June 23, 1978
Anoelo A. Santomeena (OIC) June 16, 1979
Michael E. Chavez  February 22, 1980
Victoria G. Romero April 14, 1982
SAN ANTONIO
John Ward August 24, 1870 
Discontinued - April 16, 1873
Otto F. Gentz March 16, 1874 
Eutimis Montoya May 28, 1878
John F. Dodds July 17, 1883
Lucas E. Pino September 19, 1883 
George S. Treal October 26, 1883 
Augustus Holver Hilton January 2, 1885 
Thomas J. Fleeman June 20, 1893 
Jeannette Duffy August 4, 1894
Jose L. Pino February 5, 1896 
Augustus Holver Hilton August 28, 1896 
Henry R. Buell May 13, 1905
Felice A. Hilton December 19, 1907 Conrad Nicholson Hilton October 29, 1910 
William S. Clopton December 21, 1911 
John McIntyre June 13, 1919 
Ernest C. Brechtel September 11, 1926 
Alberto M. Miera January 9, 1933 
Emilia C. Gonzales (act) April 10, 1935 
Josefita E. Miera May 2, 1936
Manuel L. Miera August 1, 1946
Cora E. Olguin (act) January 16, 1952
Ventura L. Baca December 31, 1952
Bernie J. Baca (OIC) December 23, 1983
Tommy Gonzales April 14, 1984
SAN CARLOS
Charles Trieloff February 26, 1875 
Discontinued - October 2, 1876
Philip Bourquiquon April 11, 1877
SAN JOSE
Jose N. Romero April 9, 1892
Juan de D. Baca February 2, 1894
Arcadio Sais May 15, 1895
SAN MARCIAL
Teofilo Chaves December 31, 1869 
Green Warsley December 7, 1870 
Antonio Gonzales October 30, 1871 
Discontinued October 2, 1872 
Ferdinand Fischer may 26, 1879
James H. Taylor December 12, 1879 
Discontinued April 23, 1880
Mrs. P. Jacoby August 24, 1880 
Simon Leyser November 29, 1880 
Frederick M. Speare March 10, 1881 
Jesse B. Aldrick January 30, 1882 
William H. Clawson December 19, 1882 
John M. Buckley April 16, 1883 
G. P. Edwards August 6, 1884 
Mary A. Vencill December 3, 1885 
Dora W. Howard November 10, 1897 
Joseph McQuillin April 19, 1910 
Malcolm Cameron October 23, 1913 
Elizabeth Cameron (act) June 21, 1915 
S. Gray Hanna January 5, 1916 
Epigmenio Ramirez March 3, 1931 
Josefita T. McNellis November 7, 1934 
Juan Albino Martinez October 25, 1938
SOCORRO
Vincente St. Vrain April 17, 1851 
Discontinued - March 12, 1852
William J. Conner September 28, 1852 
Vincente St. Vrain November 2, 1855 
Robert Stapleton November 8, 1860 
William J. Conner June 26, 1863 
Orlando G. Barkley January 15, 1866 
James Logan August 26, 1868 
Eustace A. Reed February 7, 1870 
Maria T. Fortune December 7, 1870 
J. M. Shaw March 27, 1874 
Dionicio Jaramillo June 17, 1874
Thomas Scott July 6, 1875
Sammy Michaelis July 20, 1877 
George H. Sowers November 8, 1880
Ernest L. Lapham  December 13, 1881
Pedro A. Simpson October 25, 1882
Ira E. Leonard December 12, 1882
Andrew J. Bahney February 14, 1887 
Charles F. Leicham February 28, 1891
Charles L. Bahney June 23, 1894
Estavan Baca June 3, 1898
Lucius E. Kittrell June 25, 1902
Anastasio C. Torres July 25, 1914
Frank J. Zengerle May 21, 1919
Louise N. Martin August 28, 1923
Leo M. Fay April 1, 1934
Louis A. Grandjean October 1, 1946
Carl J. Dagostino September 1, 1948
Joe V. Aguilar (OIC)  June 30, 1972 
Jaime I. Chacon Jr. September 15, 1973
William Burk (OIC) May 19, 1980
Nick Serna (OIC)  June 13, 1980
Frank M. Zanin (OIC) November 14, 1980
Bennie W. Matlock February 21, 1981
Peter K. Reser (OIC)  January 7, 1983
Stephen P. Roberts (OIC) April 22, 1983
Jimmie Dimas August 20, 1983
Clint T. Atwood (OIC) November 4, 1988
Gordon R. Rowell (OIC) January 13, 1989
Paul D. McAlister March 25, 1989
Cornelio Gonzales January 9, 1993
Michael Lucero (OIC) July 7, 1994
Daniel J. Hollinger (OIC) July 14, 1994
Harvey L. Davidson (OIC) June 23, 1995
Gene R. Grob, Jr. July 22, 1995
TOKAY
Bartley H. Kinney November 9, 1917 
ROMIAH / M0ORAD / VEGUITA
Romiah Najib Bellamah August 29, 1913 
Name Changed to Moorad April 3, 1913
Sarapio L. Sanchez January 18, 1916 
Name Changed to Veguita February 20, 1917
Jose N. Romero June 11, 1917 
Marcel 0. Abeyta November 3, 1920 
Amparo R. Abeyta January 15, 1948 
Mary A. Abeyta March 29, 1976
WATERCANON / WATER CANYON
Lucy Radcliff June 14, 1887 
Discontinued - July 5, 1888
Tony T. Brown January 9, 1899 
Conrado A. Baca April 3, 1899
Discontinued September 30, 1899 
Lily Jennings March 9, 1915 
Nathan Hall March 13, 1916
OZANNE
William Apperson September 18, 1906
PARAJE
Numa Reymond September 24, 1867 
Victor Romiller August 31, 1871
Discontinued - May 25, 1875
Edward C. Hall July 22, 1875 
Emil August Romiller June 9, 1876
John G. Romiller December 3, 1900 
Harold F. Hanna September 17, 1909
PARK
Francisco Perea April 22, 1892
Jose D. Cordova March 18, 1893
Conrada A. Baca December 8, 1893
POLVADERA
Alex S. McDonald November 2, 1881 
Discontinued - April 9, 1883
Benjamin Sanchez April 2, 1895 
Prospero Sanchez June 10, 1896
Discontinued - January 10, 1898
Sostero Aragon March 18, 1898 
Discontinued - December 5, 1901
Clemente Chavez January 8, 1902 
Luis C. Aragon April 3, 1918 
Louis Sanchez July 18, 1919 
Benjamin Sanchez February 6, 1922 
Clemente Chavez (act) December 31, 1925
Manuel D. Chavez March 23, 1926 
Cecilia P. Chavez January 4, 1939 
Julianita C. Montoya February 26, 1943 
Mary B. Giron December 18, 1958
Ollie Martin (OIC) February 28, 1990 
Debra L. Abeyta (OIC) November 3, 1990 
Debra L. Abeyta February 5, 1994
RAYO
John W. Conant October 7, 1916
Ethan Tucker  March 31, 1927
Candido S. Romero March 31, 1939
RED CANON
Ralph H.  June 19, 1886  RILEY
Perfino Sanchez June 30, 1892 
Alejandro R. Cordova April 14, 1893 
Policarfino V. Bustamante Nov. 17, 1896
Discontinued - July 28, 1898
Porfirio Sanchez July 11, 1899 
Florencio Cordoba November 12, 1900 
Elanterio Cordova March 18, 1902
Discontinued - October 15, 1902 
Alejandro M. Sanchez April 29, 1914
Discontinued - September 30, 1922 
Vicente Peralta June 6, 1930
ROSENDALE
Nellie Parrish August 25, 1899 
Oscar Wood September 20, 1901
Frank C. Allen May 2, 1902
John A. Macdonald March 3, 1904
Joseph T. Stoneking March 26, 1907 
John W. Richardson November 13, 1913 
Lena K. Lang January 18, 1921
SABINAL
William Borchert June 12, 1866 
Vincent A. Otero December 5, 1866
Jesus Baca January 27, 1870
Discontinued March 22, 1871
Eugenio Munsch July 12, 1880 
Louis A. Levy August 10, 1880
Discontinued June 20, 1881