Annals of Webster County, West Virginia Before and Since Organization, 1860
Chapter 45
Postmasters of Webster Springs


There has been a post office at present Webster Springs since May 31, 1852, but it has been known by four names.  The following outline was prepared by the U. S. Post Office Department:

POSTMASTER                                                       DATE APPOINTED

The office was established as Fork Lick, Nicholas County, Virginia.

John E. Hall                                                            May 31, 1852
Wilson Arthur                                                          March 22, 1858
Duncan McLaughlin                                                 September 20, 1859
Alfred Armstrong                                                     October 8, 1860

The office was changed into Webster County, but the date is not shown.  The name of the office was changed to Webster Court House, February 5, 1861.

Alfred Armstrong                                                     February 5, 1861
John S. PHARES                                                    February 14, 1866
John Hammons                                                       February 14, 1867
Bernard Mollohan                                                    June 3, 1867
Benjamin C. Conrad                                                June 6, 1877
Walter Hollister                                                       October 22, 1878
Charles R. Taylor                                                    January 26, 1881
Thomas H. Hawkins                                                February 24, 1881
Robert E. Menefee                                                  July 14, 1881
Theodore B. Horan                                                  October 31, 1881

The name of the office was changed to Addison, May 24, 1886.

Theodore B. Horan                                                  May 24, 1886
Miss Alice A. Thornton                                            January 26, 1889
Miss Kate A. Arthur                                                April 8, 1889
Adam G. Cogar                                                      March 30, 1893
Alfred M. Payne                                                      April 29, 1897
Emma E. Payne                                                     May 11, 1899

The name of this office was changed to Webster Springs, April 7, 1902

Emma E. Payne                                                      April 07, 1902
Chesley S. Harper                                                    August 12, 1912
William H. McCutcheon                                            October 4, 1913
George W. Jackson                                                  October 20, 1915
James W. White (Acting)                                          May 2, 1921
James W. White                                                      January 17, 1922
Charles B. McCray (Acting)                                       May 16, 1934
Charles B. McCray                                                   January 29, 1935
John M. Herold, Jr.                                                   May 3, 1944
Philip Cooper                                                          January 31, 1957



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