Mason County
Michigan

Postoffice Photo taken in the 1940's


Ludington Post Office

Contributed by Paul Petosky

From the Ludington Daily News 1909

Towering skyward day by day under the impetus of a tremendous human energy, Ludington's new postoffice approaches completion at a pace at once never seen a building go up like this one and the performance is one which has caused much comment.

Foreman G.R. Dayton of the Central Engineering Co. of Detroit is the actual boss on the job and it is a good guess that he knows his business. Geo. Abair is the owner's representative on the ground and not a detail of the work escapes his closest scrutiny, there is not an hour of the day when he is not crowding some one to greater effort. All over the building men work like Trojans. The activity of the carpenters produces a constant din of noise while the men wheeling gravel and cement fairly run with their heavy loads. Often the work has been carried on at night; no sacrifice or expense is spared to accomplish the end in view - get the building done.

And all this hurry and hustle and energy is for what? The postoffice must be ready for occupancy at midnight on June 30th. At that time the government's lease in the present quarters expires and the owners of the building have notified Uncle Sam that he must positively get out bag and baggage on that date. Of course Postmater Dunwell doesn't want to be turned out cold into the street and so the work on the new building goes on with incredible speed, fairly illustrative of what modern methods can accomplish where backed by brains and energy. Today the side walls are going up, the roof is being completed and the plasterers have started work inside. Next week the floors will be laid on the first story; light, water, gas and sewer service will be connected, the front windows and doors will be placed, and the lower floor will be ready for th ehandsome new furniture which is being manufctured by a crew of men working day and night at the Tubbs factory. Mr. Dayton says the new postoffice will be ready July 1st. Mr. Abair says the same. The croakers have all along said it would be impossible and that Uncle Sam would suffer the humiliating experience of being turned out in the street.

The new building is made of concrete reinforced with steel. Excavation was begun April 23rd and the contractors began their work May 8. They are erecting a strictly modern, fireproof building which looks as though it would stand until the judgment day.


Caption on the Construction Photo
Prior to the current Ludington Post Office, ground was broken on March 30, 1909 for the old post office building which Claude M. Curtiss erected on East Ludington Avenue (directly opposite from the previous post office) which had served Ludington for twenty years, 1889-1909). George Abair was in charge of this project. The interior wood furnishings and post office furniture was specially constructed by the Tubbs Manufacturing Company of Ludington. This building also housed the Western Union Telegraph Office. The post office opened for business on July 1, 1909. (Photo and information courtesy of the Ludington Daily News)

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1909 photos of Claude M. Curtiss, owner of the old Ludington Post Office building
and Frank P. Dunwell, Postmaster at Ludington from April 12, 1906 to June 8, 1912

Ludington Postoffice History

The settlement of the area dates back to 1847. It was named for James Ludington who had large timber investments in the region. John P. Sedam was its pioneer general merchant. Ludington was incorporated as a city in 1873. Charles Mears and Eber B. Ward were leaders in its early development.

The Ludington Post Office was established on June 1, 1864 with David A. Melendy as its first postmaster. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Ludington area offers an array of things to do and see. It has miles and miles of public sandy beaches, enjoy a hike in the spectacular state park, canoe or kayak on one of the inland lakes or rivers, take a day trip to Wisconsin on the S.S. Badger carferry, play a round of golf at one of the great courses, enjoy fishing with a charter boat captain, visit historic sites, shop at quaint stores, dine at wonderful restaurants and you'll also have two lighthouses to tour. In Ludington there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Postmasters that have served at the Ludington, MI Post Office are listed as follows:
David A. Melendy.................June 1, 1864
Frederick J. Dowland...........May 22, 1868
George W. Clayton...............August 10, 1869
Harrison H. Wheeler.............April 16, 1878
R. F. Dundas..........................April 26, 1882
Thomas P. McMaster............August 29, 1883
Horace F. Alexander.............July 1, 1885
Fayette Johnson...................August 5, 1885
Charles E. Resseguie...........November 30, 1885
William G. Hudson................December 21, 1889
H. A. Scott..............................December 21, 1893
William G. Hudson................January 10, 1898
Frank P. Dunwell...................April 12, 1906
Chester W. Perry...................June 8, 1912
William J. Gleason.................May 29, 1913
John A. Sherman...................January 18, 1922
Chester W. Perry....................December 22, 1928
William H. Cuthbertson..........December 31, 1933
Wilfrid Hocking........................July 31, 1947
Edward Henry Fortune..........September 30, 1947
Theodore W. Johnson............September 30, 1949
Walter Harris............................July 31, 1970
Wallace E. Kuras.....................June 30, 1972
Joseph F. Franczek.................August 9, 1984
Kenneth Cisek.........................August 22, 1984
John C. Scherr.........................January 5, 1985
Scott T. Rennie.........................June 1, 1987
Anita Q. (Riggins) Billingslea...September 12, 1987
Leonard M. Williams.................July 2, 1992
Barbara L. Martin.......................October 27, 1992
Wayne B. Cornell......................January 23, 1993
Gary Fultz...................................August 18, 2005
Noel Goodrow............................January 26, 2006
Barbara J. Stapleton..................March 31, 2007 to Present

Located in Mason County Zip code 49431.

Ludington Post Office
Opening Day March 13, 1933

Ludington Postmark 22 August 2007 Barbara J. Stapleton Postmaster

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Ludington, MI postmark dated May 10, 1894 from The Central Package and Basket Company
to Cameron, Amberg Company in Chicago, IL.
This building served as the Ludington Post Office from July 1, 1909-March 12, 1933

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