Minot Postal History
Androscoggin County, Maine

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 111 - Shawmut, Maine  04975
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 19 February 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Minot, there have been four post offices.


Briefly, the history of the four is as follows:
1. East Minot (1) was established on 23 December 1817 and was renamed Centre Minot post office (in Auburn) on 3 December 1825.
2. East Minot (2) post office opened on 14 March 1825, closed on 9 April 1835; re-opened on 7 September 1839, and closed on 13 Apil 1842.
3. Poland (1) post office (in Poland) was renamed Minot post office on 1 January 1801 and is still operating.
4. West Minot post office was established on 9 February 1825 and is still operating.


In 1914, there were two post offices in Minot: Minot and West Minot. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Minot include:
East Minot (1)
East Minot (2)
Minot
West Minot



East Minot (1)

1817 December 23:
   East Minot (1) post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1821:
   Postmaster: Oliver Pollard. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1821.)

1825 December 3:
   East Minot (1) post office was renamed as Centre Minot post office (in Auburn). (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)


Minot

1801 January 1:
   Minot post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1821:
   Postmaster: William Woodbury. (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1821.)

1825 May 5:
   Manuscript postmark. (letter)
      
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1852:
   Postmaster: William Dale (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

1931 September 1:
   Edwin G. Pulsifer appointed Acting Postmaster.

1931 December 9:
   Edwin G. Pulsifer appointed Postmaster.

1935 July 11 through 1935 November 19:
   The circular postmark is 32–33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 20 mm.
         
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1938 February 11:
   George E. Leadbetter appointed Acting Postmaster.

1938 March 5:
   George E. Leadbetter appointed Postmaster.

1940 March 13:
   The circular postmark is approximately 33 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 20 mm.
      
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1948 August 13:
   The circular postmark is 30–46 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is approximately 20 mm.
      
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1953 February 28:
   Everett A. Trask appointed Acting Postmaster.

1953 April 30:
   Everett A. Trask appointed Postmaster.

1958 July 11:
   Lynwood W. McKinley appointed Acting Postmaster.

1959 May 7:
   Lynwood W. McKinley appointed Postmaster.

1971 May 14:
   Robert E. Handy appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1974 January 25:
   Ruth B. Ladd appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1974 April 27:
   Ruth B. Ladd appointed Postmaster.

date?:
   Eleanor Inman appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1987 September 11:
   The postmark with a single circle is 30–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle is 18–19 mm. The outer circle of the double-circle postmark is 30–31 mm; the inner, 19–20 mm. The rectangular postmark is 48–49 mm wide by 15󈝼 mm tall.
      
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1989 December 30:
   Edwin West appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1990 March 10:
   Gwendolyn Jordan appointed Postmaster.

1992 August 28:
   Janice E. Slattery appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1993 January 23:
   Carmela J. Hewitt appointed Postmaster.

2003 May 1:
   David Eaton Sr. appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2004 April 17:
   Brian S. Carrier appointed Postmaster.

2007 March 15:
   Russell E. Merrill appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2007 September 6:
   Lisa M. Munster appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2007 December 7:
   Wendy L. Murphy appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2008 March 15:
   Donald B. Mendell III appointed Postmaster.

2011 June 21:
   Rudolph Kyllonen III appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2011 November 19:
   Minot post office was converted to a Remotely Managed Post Office under the direction of the Postmaster of the Great Falls Post Office.

today:
   The Minot post office is currently in operation.



West Minot

1825 February 9:
   West Minot post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide.)

1852:
   Postmaster: William Lowell (source: Maine Register and State Reference Book. 1852.)

193? January 16:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The lines to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      
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1940 March 4:
   The circular postmark is 33–34 mm in diameter. The outside vertical height of the four horizontal bars to the right of the circle 19–20 mm.
      
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today:
   West Minot post office is currently in operation.