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Newport: Piece of old Eddyville Post Office now appearing at Log Cabin Museum – Need volunteer cabinet maker to properly frame it!

Ed and Gert Mauch, 1920, Eddyville Store
Courtesy Lincoln County Historical Society
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EDDYVILLE POST OFFICE INTERIOR DONATED TO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Interior cabinetry from the old Eddyville Post Office has been donated to the Lincoln County Historical Society by Mary Ann Petersen, the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the Mauch families, who operated the post office in the 1920s and 30s. It currently can be seen in the Log Cabin Museum of the Society. The Society is looking for a skilled volunteer woodworker to build a counter for the cabinet.

“This wonderful old cabinet, complete with combination post office boxes, can be seen by museum visitors, but currently it is not properly exhibited. We need a volunteer willing to build a counter that looks like something this cabinet would originally have rested on,” Steve Wyatt, executive director of the Society, said.

Edward and Gertrude Mauch opened their feed store and the Eddyville post office about 1920. Their son Roy Mauch and his wife, Frances, built a gas station and lunch counter roughly across the street in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Frances took over running the post office somewhere around 1935-40 and ran it for many years.

Mary Ann Petersen’s mother, Mary Jean Mauch Petersen, lived above the store and post office with the rest of the family.

“As grandchildren, we got to visit, drink free pop and read comics in the store. A big deal,” Mary Ann Petersen said.

For more information, call 541-265-7509.

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