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Taken from "Post Offices in the First Congressional District of Texas," created by Wright Patman. Copyright 1968. Reprinted with permission.

Ambia

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 45)

Eight miles southwest of Paris. Established in 1886, the name was arrived from "amber" by Justice of the Peace Minor of Roxton who said the men of the community were the greatest tobacco chewers and spitters he ever saw.

Postmaster Appointed
George F. O'Daniel Jun 17, 1886
John P. Boyd May 10, 1887
William F. Martin Apr 6, 1892
Andrew A. Hamblin Apr 18, 1893
Thad S. Boyd Apr 5, 1894
John D. Boyd May 19, 1896
Ulysses S. Logue Nov 22, 1899

Office discontinued April 29, 1905; mail ordered sent to Paris.

Amherst

Contributed by Betsy Mills

Six and one-half miles southeast of Powderly.

Postmaster Appointed
Earley J. Bailey Jul 11, 1904

Office discontinued August 14, 1905; mail ordered sent to Paris.

Arthur City

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 250)

In north central Lamar County five miles north of Powderly on the Red River. Named for Captain J. G. Arthur who platted town site and gave the Frisco Railroad the right-of-way. Founded in 1886.

Postmaster Appointed  
John H. Arthur Aug 28, 1896  
Herbert H. Everest Nov 19, 1897  
Beauchamp B. Thomas Jul 21, 1898  
John H. Arthur Jul 8, 1901  
Larry H. Tinnin May 2, 1904  
Mary Tunnell Feb 16, 1905  
James C. Wilkins Sep 14, 1906  
Vance R. Wilkins Mar 30, 1914  
James C. Wilkins Dec 8, 1915  
James B. Wilkins Feb 29, 1941 Acting
James B. Wilkins Apr 5, 1941  
Mrs. Myrtle Hobbs Sep 12, 1944 Military Acting
James B. Wilkins Apr 20, 1945  
Mrs. Myrtle Hobbs Jan 28, 1948
Acting
Mrs. Myrtle Hobbs Dec 20, 1948  

Atlas

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 40)

Eight miles southwest of Paris. Col. Edward H. R. Green suggested the name for this former rock quarry site for the "Atlas" in mythology who was in charge of the pillars that supported the Heavens.

Postmaster Appointed  
James E. Price Feb 13, 1884  
Jefferson Tudor Dec 1, 1884  
John C. Porter May 4, 1885  
Horace B. Dunagan May 23, 1887  
James M. Yates Feb 19, 1904  
Rice M. Patterson Jun 16, 1902  
Harrison Wooldridge May 2, 1910  
John L. Keener May 7, 1923  
Coy R. Howell Mar 25, 1937  
R. C. Griffin Apr 2, 1942 Acting
Coy H. Howell Nov 20, 1942 Acting

Office discontinued April 30, 1941; mail ordered sent to Paris.

Belk

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 50)

Eight miles east of Direct.

Postmaster Appointed
Charles C. Harkey Dec 7, 1899
Harrison Hall Oct 22, 1902

Office discontinued September 10, 1905; mail ordered sent to Caviness.

Biardstown

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 250)

In southeastern Lamar County eleven miles south of Paris. Named for the Biard families, early settlers.

Office established under name of Baird.

Postmaster Appointed
William A. Milling May 3, 1880

Name changed to Biard, May 24, 1880.

Postmaster Appointed
William A. Milling May 24, 1880

Name changed to Biardstown, February 27, 1883.

Postmaster Appointed  
William A. Milling Feb 27, 1883  
Sarah E. Milling Apr 18, 1888  
Sarah E. Lentz Apr 2, 1892  
William M. Gunn Mar 15, 1930 Acting
William M. Gunn Aug 25, 1930  
Mrs. Tony S. Bledsoe Acting Dec 13, 1937  
Mrs. Tony S. Bledson Aug 13, 1938  

Office discontinued April 15, 1954; mail ordered sent to Paris.

Blossom

Contributed by Betsy Mills

(Pop. 514)

Ten miles east of Paris. Named for the many wild blossoms covering the rolling prairies south of town. Originally called Blossom Prairie Depot, the town was incorporated in 1886. The center of a productive farming and truck growing area, it is a cotton shipping point.

Office established under name of Blossom Prairie.

Postmaster Appointed
George Wilson May 12, 1849

Office dicontinued November 27, 1849.
Office reestablished April 29, 1852.

Postmaster Appointed
Lorenzo D. Murphy Dec 20, 1855
John C. Young Aug 10, 1857
John C. Young Aug 5, 1861

Office dicontinued November 5, 1866.
Office reestablished July 15, 1869.

Postmaster Appointed
James Jordan Jul 15, 1869
David G. Flenniken Dec 26, 1876
Richard A. Moore Nov 12, 1885
William H. Byrn Dec 7, 1886

Name changed to Blossom, February 29, 1888.

Postmaster Appointed  
William H. Byrn Feb 29, 1888  
Green B. Eades Dec 28, 1889  
James M. Boone Aug 11, 1893  
Newton H. Eades Aug 7, 1897  
Eugene Black Nov 22, 1900  
John W. Hancock Oct 23, 1901  
John W. Williams Oct 22, 1902  
Newton H. Eades Jan 14, 1909  
Alexander P. Black Mar 27, 1912 Acting
Hugh B. Eades Oct 28, 1912  
Minnie Burke Jun 5, 1913  
Hugh B. Eades Feb 14, 1922  
Mrs. Louisa H. Clark Mar 16, 1934 Acting
Mrs. Louisa H. Clark Sep 15, 1934  
Mrs. Arlene H. Burks May 31, 1960 Acting
Mrs. Arlene H. Burks Aug 4, 1961  

Bluebird

Contributed by Betsy Mills

Six miles south of Biardstown.

Postmaster Appointed
Rufus A. Roberts Jul 11, 1904

Office discontinued November 15, 1907; mail ordered sent to Biardstown.

Boggy

Contributed by Betsy Mills

Six miles south of Biardstown.

Postmaster Appointed
Robert Banks May 9, 1860

Office discontinued February 9, 1861.

Box

Contributed by Betsy Mills

Six miles west of Paris.

Postmaster Appointed
Susan J. McEldowney Jan 21, 1884
Robert S. P. McEldowney May 6, 1886

Office discontinued May 24, 1888; mail ordered sent to Paris.


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