Fonds - Enderby Post Office fonds

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Enderby Post Office fonds

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CA EDM

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  • 1888-1987 (Creation)
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    Enderby Post Office

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21 cm of textual records

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The Enderby Post Office was established November 1, 1887 in Harvey's General Store on the banks of the Shuswap River, with Oliver Harvey the first postmaster. Weekly mail service was changed to twice weekly service following a petition in 1888. In 1890 the post office and general store were moved to Cliff Street, close to the Enderby Bridge, and Henry Harvey, Oliver's brother, became postmaster. Harvey applied for and received a postal money order system to pay the hundreds of railway workers living in the city while the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway was being built. A separate post office building was added to the general store in 1904, and the post office was moved to the Bell Block on Cliff Street in 1909. Elizabeth Elinor Harvey became postmistress in 1913 following her husband's death. She was followed by J. Patrick Farmer in 1947. A brand new facility was built for the post office at the corner of Belvedere and Mill Streets in 1953. The Enderby Post Office was closed by the federal government in 1992 and the post office is now operated privately.

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Some of these records were left in the post office when it closed.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, inspection reports, samples of employee records (1949-1951), lists of box holders (1947-1960), registers (1952-1959), invoices, receipts, and postal guides. It also includes photocopies of correspondence, inspection reports and a petition for extended service from the Public Archives.

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BCAUL control number: EDM-2712

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