United States Post Office-Marion Michigan

December 10, 2019

This is a tinted postcard of the Post Office at Marion, Michigan, taken about 1910. It was then located in the Hall building at Main and Mill Streets, where mail was dispensed for more than 50 years. Today the building is the Artesian Springs Medical Center.
This is a photo postcard of early Marion rural letter carriers. This was on display in the Clark Street Post Office. Pictured are Wm Hubbard, Wm Turner, Thos George, Henry Hale and Guy Disbrow (we think).

By Julie Traynor

The busiest time of the year is fast approaching for the United States Postal Service. It has been so since the first holiday greeting cards hit the mailbox in the 1890’s.

The mail has found folks living at Marion, Michigan and vicinity, almost from our very beginning. Founder, and later first Postmaster, Christopher Clarke, trekked to Evart afoot, twice a week in our earliest days, to fetch mail bound for Marion folks. The first post office was located in the Clark home, at the north end of Clark Street, overlooking the Mill Pond.

As Marion rapidly grew, so did the need for a ‘real’ Post Office. The office moved from the Clark home to the Hanover Opera House on Main Street. After a temporary stay there, it moved to EJ Hall’s building on the northeast corner of Mill and Main Streets. This original timber building was lost in the fire of November 1904 and replaced in 1905 with the familiar red brick building we know today. The Post Office used this space until 1950, when it returned to Clark Street and a building built on the site of the Clark home and the first Post Office.

In the 1970’s the Post Office returned to Main Street when it set up business in Lena Flemming’s sandstone-faced, former gift shop space, just west of Flemming’s Clothing. Al Pullen was the postmaster who oversaw this move.

This ample space served Marion well until Valentine’s Day, 1994 when the building suffered first frozen pipes and then a fire. Marion’s Post Office made a temporary jump down the street to the former Sible Hardware building, now home to Dynamic Physical Therapy.

After a relatively short stay in the middle of town, the Post Office, over seen by Postmaster Martha West, moved once again. The office went to a building on the south side of East Main, next to the historic and failing Corwin Opera House building. Removal of the Corwin in 2005, made Post Office parking safe again.

Like many small towns all across America, Marion, Michigan has a Post Office but no longer has its own postmark. Mail collected here moves along to Traverse City where it is cancelled, sorted and sent on its way, even if it simply returns home.

Long gone are the days of the earliest greeting cards when one could send a card to someone in their town by simply writing their name and ‘city’. This year the USPS stands ready to process millions pieces of mail and packages, and carry Merry Christmas and New Year’s wishes anywhere you wish them to go…as long as you mail them on time and use that nine digit, hyphenated zip code.

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