North River Mills Post Office

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Northriver Mills (North River, North River Mills)

Northriver Mills was located in central Hampshire County on Springfield Grade Road (County Route 15) between Slanesville and Capon Bridge near the intersection with North River Road (County Route 4/2). The post office was originally established as North River March 13, 1821. The name was changed to North River Mills May 11, 1822, and then again to Northriver Mills December 5, 1895. The post office (zip code 26744) continued operation until it was discontinued September 30, 1972 with the mail routed to Capon Bridge.

North River is not listed by Small2, but is listed by Helbock1 with the same operation dates. The two spellings, North River Mills and Northriver Mills, are listed separately by Small; but Helbock only lists Northriver Mills, noting that “post offices that experience a name change from a two word to a one word format are typically listed only under the form that was in use for the longest period of time” 1.

Name

Title

Date Appointed

 

Reference

Established as North River

03/13/1821

’73, ’04, WVa
Elisha Thompson (1131-2A-300)

03/13/1821

 
Dis 1822” (1131-2A-300)

 
Name changed to North River Mills

05/11/1822

’91,’04,WVa (’73)
C. Heiskell (1131-2A-300)

?

05/11/1822

 
Becknal Alverson (1131-2A-300)

Postmaster

05/11/1822

’91
William Dougherty (1131-3B-0171)

Postmaster

12/31/1826

 
Walker Louthan (1131-4A-0261)

Postmaster

05/26/1828

‘91
Discontinued

08/17/1829

 
Re-established

09/17/1829

 
Samuel Heiskell

Postmaster

09/17/1829

‘91
William A. Heiskell (841-132-0363)

Postmaster

09/21/1831

‘91
Walker Louthan (1131-4A-0261)

Postmaster

05/23/1832

 
D. Carmichael & B. Moreland

02/27/1833

 
?

1837

 
William Sherman

Postmaster

05/29/1839

 
George G. Grove (841-132-0363)

Postmaster

11/25/1840

 
John B. Miller (841-132-0369)

Postmaster

03/25/1843

 
Joseph A. Vannosdeln

Postmaster

01/08/1866

 
Joseph Snapp

Postmaster

03/13/1866

 
Wm. Miller

Postmaster

01/24/1879

 
Mrs. Cordelia Moreland

Postmaster

10/01/1885

 
Named chg’d to Northriver Mills

12/05/1895

’04 (WVa)
William Moreland

Postmaster

12/05/1895

 
Alma L. Gess

Postmaster

10/14/1903

 
Henry G. Shanoltz

Postmaster

08/14/1920

 
Chris Harmison

Acting PM

04/01/1931

 
Chris Harmison

Postmaster, 4th

04/21/1931

 
Mr. L.R. Deaver

Acting Postmaster

02/21/1946

 
Mr. L.R. Deaver

Postmaster

06/19/1946

 
Miss Audra V. McDonald

Acting PM

03/26/1949

841-139-0041
Audra V. McDonald

Postmaster

04/06/1949

 
Mrs. Audra V. Croston

name changed

03/30/1962

 
Mrs. Betty L. Miller

Postmaster

02/28/1971

 
Discontinued, mail to

Capon Bridge

09/30/1972

 

REF:

1. US Post Offices, Vol. VI by Helbock (‘04)

2. The Post Offices of West Virginia 1792-1977 by Small (‘98)

3. Virginia Postmasters and Post Offices by Axelson (‘91)

4. Virginia Post Offices by Hall (‘73)

5. Virginia Postal Markings and Postmaster Colonial – 1865 by Lisbeth

6. NARA postmaster appointments

7. NARA site locations

8. POD list of post offices

9. Census data

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