THROW BACK THURSDAY: Constructing the Culver Post Office, 80 years later

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

Here are three views of the Culver US Post Office, at Jefferson and Ohio Streets, prior to its 1935 completion (with thanks to Jan Resnick and Kevin Berger for assisting in their availability).

In 1901, rural free delivery was established in Culver, and the Post Office from 1907 occupied part of the State Exchange Bank building. In 1931, postmaster Clyde L. Shively received a telegram from Congressman Andrew J. Hickey noting Hickey's recommendation for a $70,000 for federal building at Culver (interestingly, in 1931 Mrs. Sadye M. Mclntire of the Culver post office force was noted in The Culver Citizen as "possibly the only town or city woman letter carrier in the United States. There are women rural carriers, but not women who trudge through street after street carrying a weighted amil sack in all kinds of weather.").

By 1934, the site of the present building was selected at what was then known as "the Mary Walker corner" due to the presence of what had been known as Walker's Boarding House.

The Easterday Construction Company built the new structure for $37,466.45. The principal decorative feature is a mural entitled, “Arrival of the Mail in Culver,” painted in 1938 by Jessie Hull Mayer, an Indianapolis artist, as part of the Public Works of Art Project.

Culver's "beautiful new post office building" was officially opened for business in Dec., 1935.

See more at: