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Glen Easton Post Office Closes

June 16, 2012
By Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

At noon Friday the doors of the Glen Easton Post Office closed and workmen began removing the larger items from the building, including a safe and a drop box located outside the front door, while officer-in-charge Arianne Robinson was preparing smaller items used in the day-to-day operation to be taken to the Cameron Post Office.

According to Glen Easton historian and former rural mail carrier C. William Harris, Glen Easton postal patrons received notification a week ago that the post office would be closing, due to the lease expiration.

The letter stated that the Glen Easton operations - delivery and retail services - would be provided at the Cameron Postal Office, and that customers with post office a box service could pick up their mail at the Cameron Police Department during normal business hours.

The letter, from Curtis Williams, manager, Post Office Operations in Pittsburgh, stated, "I realize with change there is always concern. A decision to permanently discontinue operations at the Glen Easton Post Office has not been made. In the near future, we will be contacting you to explain our long term plans and solicit your comments. In the interim, we are confident that employees at the Cameron Post Office will continue to provide the efficient delivery and service you deserve."

The lone route from the Glen Easton Post Office serves Fork Ridge, Lynn Camp, and portions of Fish Creek and Middle Grave Creek Roads. The route serves 400 customers

The first post office was established in the community in 1854, with rural delivery beginning in 1909. Two rural routes were maintained until 1952, when the routes were consolidated into one.

Thirteen families call Glen Easton home now. Two men who were doing business at the post office on Friday told me that there is a downtown Glen Easton with seven families and the uptown area houses six families.

In recent years the hub of the community was Smith's General Store, sometimes known as the Glen Easton Mall. That building is now owned by Consol Energy, is boarded up, like several other buildings in the once thriving community.

Thanks in part to the gas and oil industry, from 1900-25 Glen Easton was a busy community. Also, aiding in being a productive community was the railroad which transported its residents to nearby towns, and brought supplies to the businesses located in Glen Easton.

Harris states in a book published in 1984 dealing with the history of Marshall County, "It was a live town that flourished in a business way as much as any other town in Northern West Virginia. It consisted of 40 homes with a population of 200; six passenger trains a day served the community; freight trains made frequent stops; there was a modern railroad station and telegraph office; four general stores; flour mills and saw mills; a modern Union Church; two resident physicians; a boarding house; a baseball team; a brass brand with 25 members; an ice house; a creamery; threshing machine; a two-room school; a fruit stand; a barber shop; several fraternal organizations; and two blacksmith shops.

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The city of Cameron's new mayor, Julie Beresford, will be sworn-in on Monday by City Clerk Cindy Minot. Beresford will assume her new duties on July 1.

On May 5, Beresford, who had never previously sought public office, ran as a write-in candidate.

She said several individuals approached her about seeking the office of mayor, and that at first she told them that since she had never served in any political office she wasn't sure she wanted to seek the office of mayor.

She points out that she did agree to run for mayor, and that decision was made prior to the filing deadline, but due to some family member health problems, she didn't file for the office, and latter decided to run as a declared write-in candidate.

Beresford said she is excited about becoming the mayor, and has projects she plans to present to the six-member council. Among these the restoring of some of the buildings in the downtown area, and the re-opening of the city's swimming pool.

Beresford and her husband, Jeffrey, are lifelong residents of Cameron, and they are very proud of their city and its residents.

Having worked in the health-care field for many years, Beresford describes herself has having good communication skills.

She said that while she works one or two days as a adjunct professor for the surgical tech program at West Virginia Northern Community College, she is a stay- at-home grandmother of six, and thus now has time to give back to her community.

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Any resident living in the Marshall County Public Service District No. 4 area who would like to be considered as a member of the district's water board is asked to submit a letter to Marshall County Commission Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel at P.O. Box B, Moundsville, prior to June 30.

The vacancy occurred as the result of David "Beaver" Glover moving from the district.

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The city of McMechen on Thursday approved the installation of infrastructure for 15 campers at the former Union High School football field, with work expected to begin this week.

Ruckman Excavating of McMechen was awarded the contract for installing water and sewer lines, with the work to take some two weeks.

This doesn't mean the city will not be developing the area for recreation, but as Mayor Mike Grackle states, "we need money to undertake the recreational phase. The rental from the campers will provide that money."

 
 

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