POSTAL SERVICE and THE VILLAGE HALL
Submitted By Mary Bryant
Village Hall built 1904
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|In the early 1800's, mail into the area went by Narrow
Gauge Railroad to Carroll.
The first established post office was at Millgrove in 1827 where John Boardman served as postmaster. He was followed by Jonathan Moore in 1829, Luman Rice in 1832, and David John McCormick in 1832
In 1841 the post moved from Millgrove to Portville and Henry Dusenbury was named as postmaster December 21, 1841.
The post office was housed in several buildings over the next sixty years. In 1904 the Town board accepted funds from W.B. Mersereau, a prominent lumberman, who gave the majority of funds to construct a Town House.
At first the post office occupied the main street wing, and the fire company used the Temple street wing of the new building. The center section was the opera house. There was a large lobby both upstairs and down. The second floor rooms served as court room, village office, ans clubs rooms for fireman, H.G.Wessel Post of G.A.R. and Womens Relief Corps, and a millinery shop operated upstairs at one time.
After the new fire department building was completed about 1914, the fire equipment and club rooms moved there, and an ice cream parlor known as the "Colonial Quality Shop" opened in the space on the main floor that the fire department had occupied.
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