Houlton Postal History
Aroostook County, Maine

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

(updated 29 March 2021)


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



During the history of the town of Houlton, there have been three post offices.

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Air Force Base S Houlton operated from 10 April 1943 to 15 February 1950.
2. Houlton post office opened on 23 May 1826 and is still operating.
3. West Houlton post office opened on 29 August 1864 and closed on 14 June 1869.


In 1914, there was only one post office in Houlton: Houlton. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from Houlton include:
Air Force Base S Houlton Houlton West Houlton



Air Force Base S Houlton


1943 April 10:
   Air Force Base S Houlton post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 2021. Updated Rarity Guide)

1950 February 15:
   Air Force Base S Houlton post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 2021. Updated Rarity Guide)


Houlton


1826 May 3:
   Houlton post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1826 May 3:
   Amos Pearce appointed Postmaster.

1827 July 13:
   Abraha Pearce appointed Postmaster.

1835 July 23:
   Timothy Frisbie appointed Postmaster.

1841 June 5:
   John F. H. Hall appointed Postmaster.

1843 July 1:
   Leonard Pierce appointed Postmaster.

1846 September 11:
   The circular postmark is approximately 34 mm in diameter. (letter)
      
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1848 October 6:
   John V. Putnam appointed Postmaster.

1849 March 26:
   Harrison O. Hussey appointed Postmaster.

1853 April 26:
   Thomas P. Packard appointed Postmaster.

1861 November 14:
   Lyman O. Putnam appointed Postmaster.

year? April 6:
   The circular postmark is approximately 34 mm in diameter.
      
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year? January 14:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter.
      
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1866 August 24:
   Thomas M. Bradbury appointed Postmaster.

1867 March 26:
   Lyman O. Putnam appointed Postmaster.

1868 June 8:
   Ebenezer Woodbury appointed Postmaster.

1873 May 22:
   Thomas P. Packard appointed Postmaster.

1874 December 17:
   Ebenezer Woodbury appointed Postmaster. [uncertain if Ebenezer Woodbury served as Postmaster]

1875 February 3:
   Thomas P. Packard appointed Postmaster.

1876 January 19:
   William L. Boyd appointed Postmaster.

1881 May 5:
   Eben Woodbury appointed Postmaster.

1881 March 28:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1885 May 18:
   Albert B. Page appointed Postmaster.

1889 September 28:
   Eben Woodbury appointed Postmaster.

1892 January 14:
   The circular postmark is 26–27 mm in diameter.
      
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1893 December 20:
   James Gillin Jr. appointed Postmaster.

date?:
   Houlton post office.
      
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1897 November 19:
   Frank M. Hume appointed Postmaster.

1914 June 16:
   Dennis Sheehan appointed Postmaster.

1922 December 4:
   Preston N. Burleigh appointed Postmaster.

1931 December 19:
   The circular postmark is approximately 20 mm in diameter.
      
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1935 January 31:
   Marita E. Peabody appointed Acting Postmaster.

1936 Aprill 21:
   Marita E. Peabody appointed Postmaster.

1946 December 28:
   The circular postmark is 20–21 mm in diameter.
      
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1953 June 30:
   Leo T. Spain appointed Acting Postmaster.

1954 August 24:
   Leo T. Spain appointed Postmaster.

1968 July 31:
   George E McGillicuddy appointed Acting Postmaster.

1969 January 17:
   George E. McGillicuddy appointed Postmaster.

1977 August 31:
   Marguerite F. Brown appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1977 December 28:
   George A. Nevells appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1978 April 8:
   Richard L. Niles appointed Postmaster.

1986 January 4:
   Arnold Scott appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1986 July 19:
   Leigh E. Cummings Jr. appointed Postmaster.

2008 January 3:
   Kimberly R. Seeger appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2008 March 29:
   Frederick L. Workman appointed Postmaster.

2010 March 18:
   Henry J. Gartley appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2011 July 16:
   Henry J. Gartley appointed Postmaster.

2020:
   Houlton post office. 39 Court Street; Houlton, Maine  04730. Lat./Long.: N 46°07′25″ x W 67°50′25″
      
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today:
   Houlton post office is still in operation.