Post Office and Postmistress
the last 25 years many small post offices have been closed
throughout the United States, many of them inside Monroe County, and
it is seldom that one is re-opened.
The village of Florida in eastern Monroe County, birthplace
of Mark Twain, is an exception.
Shown above are the postmistress and the postal boxes at the
new office there, which opened November 1.
left is Mrs. Glenn (Louise) Huffman, the postmistress, standing back
of the postal counter. At
right are the 44 boxes that have been provided for the office, a
sub-station of the Stoutsville office. Mrs. Huffman is authorized to
perform any of the services that any third class post office can
provide, including mail orders, sale of stamps and other things.
present her cancellation stamp carries the caption “Florida,
Mo.” It is planned to
secure an additional one which will show that it is the birthplace
of Mark Twain, or the location of the Mark Twain Shrine and
Birthplace. The post
office sub-station is operated in the Huffman general store in the
village. Until the
reopening of this sub-station, all subscribers in the village were
served by a rural route out of Stoutsville.
Now many patrons get their mail at the Florida office.
It is thought the office will be particularly valuable next spring
when the tourist season opens for those who visit the Twain
birthplace and Shrine, as well as the historic village of Florida,
and wish to send out mail marked as having been mailed from the
birthplace village. It
is also expected that because of the new sub-station and
cancellation insignia, considerable postal revenue will be added.