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Appendices
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Epilogue
Appendices
Appendix A. Settlers
Appendix B. Occupations*
Appendix C. The Clergy
Appendix D. The Schools
Appendix E. Post Offices and Postmasters
Appendix F. Community Organizations
Table of Illustrations
Index

Appendix E. Post Offices and Postmasters

Richmond Hill

The first post office in Richmond Hill was established in 1836, under James Sinclair, who had a store on the east side of Yonge Street, just north of the current Lorne Avenue. In 1844 it was moved to Wallington's store on the west side of Yonge Street, a building which was later to become the Falconbridge store, and still later, the Rustic Inn. Teefy's Post Office was just north of the Richmond Hill Public School (McConaghy Centre) while Savage's was one building north of Centre Street on the west side of Yonge Street.

Date Postmaster
1836 - 1844 Sinclair, James
1844 - 1850 Wallington, John
1850 - 1911 Teefy, Matthew
1911 - 1917 Savage, Peter Gould
1917 - 1930+ Savage, Armand Gould

Oak Ridges

Locations of the Oak Ridges post offices are not so well identified. Alex McKechanie owned land at the north end of the community. Frederick Suttle had a hotel in Oak Ridges, as did Edward Curtis. The "Cause of Vacancy" after George Harber is listed as "change of site." The Routledges had a blacksmith shop on the west side of Yonge Street.

Date Postmaster
1851 - 1859 McKechanie, Alexander
1860 - 1867 Suttle, Frederick
1867 - 1868 Gregory, D.
1869 Johns, Frank
1870 Gorham, Edwin J.
1871 - 1879 Curtis, Edward
1880 - 1889 Harber, George
1889 - 1914 Routledge, Peter
1914 - 1922 Routledge, John
1922 - 1925 Scott, Ivan E.
1925 - 1930+ Blain, John

Headford

The first post office at Headford, a settlement on the east side of Richmond Hill on present day Leslie Street just south of Major Mackenzie Drive, opened in 1856. It was situated in a number of general stores throughout its history. The post office closed in 1914 when rural mail delivery was initiated.

Date Postmaster
1856 - 1857 Taylor, Edward
1857 - 1859 Love, Richard
1860 - 1861 Baker, Charles
1862 - 1874 Montgomery, John
1875 - 1879 Helmkay, Francis
1879 - 1884 Unknown
1884 - 1896 Wellman, James
1896 - 1903 Rutherford, E.
1903 - 1905 McBride, George A.
1905 - 1907 Caldwell, George H.
1907 - 1914 Wellman, David

Dollar

Dollar was located at the intersection of the current Highway #7 and Leslie Street, primarily on Lots 11, Concessions 2 and 3, Markham. The post office was in the general store on the northwest corner. This post office also closed when rural mail delivery was introduced.

Date Postmaster/Postmistress
1869 - 1875 Heron, Agnes
1875 - 1876 Hopper, Henry
1876 - 1878 Vanhorn, William
1878 - 1881 Button, William
1881 Walls, John W.
1881 - 1884 Unknown
1884 - 1886 Button, George
1887 - 1890 Leggatt, Samuel
1890 - 1904 Boynton, P. W.
1904 - 1906 Finley, Albert
1906 - 1914 Brooke, Christopher

Langstaff

John Langstaff was first postmaster at Langstaff. His post office was located on the west side of Yonge Street just south of the current Highway #7, in his general store. When Henry Horne was appointed postmaster in 1888, he moved the post office to his own shop just north of the intersection.

Following the destruction of Horne's store by fire, the post office was located temporarily in a variety of buildings near the corner. In 1912, David Boyle moved the post office to the northwest corner of Langstaff.

Date Postmaster
1870 - 1887 Langstaff, John
1888 - 1901 Horne, Henry
1902 - 1924 Boyle, David, Jr.
1925 - 1927 Hopper, William John
1927 - 1932 Reynolds, George

Temperanceville

Little is known about the buildings at Temperanceville other than the church. For a time, at least, the post office was in the store at Temperanceville, on the south side of the King Sideroad, just west of the current Bathurst Street.

Date Postmaster
1871 - 1874 Bruce, William
1874 - 1885 Johnston, David
1885 - 1887 Butler, William
1887 - 1889 Butler, John
1890 - 1901 Norman, Charles
1901 - 1902 Nelson, J. M.
1903 - 1905 Teasdale, Henry "Harry"
1905 - 1930 Legge, T. H.

Jefferson

The first Jefferson post office opened August 1, 1882, on Lot 59, Concession 1, Vaughan, just south of Harris Avenue. In the 1920s the post office was moved south to Lot 56, to the building now known as 11666 Yonge Street, after a brief period in the house immediately to the south.

Date Postmaster
1882 - 1890 Gale, J. W.
1890 - 1892 Legge, Thomas H.
1892 - 1896 Rutherford, E.
1896 - 1902 Gale, W. J.
1902 - 1904 Legge, James E.
1904 - 1919 Legge, George A.
1919 - 1920 Beynon, George
1920 - 1924 McCluskey, William
1925 - 1930 Robinson, Charles Edwin

Elgin Mills

The last post office to be opened, before 1930, within the current boundaries of Richmond Hill was at Elgin Mills. Although the community dated to mid-century, it was not until 1900 that a post office was granted. The post office was in Naughton's General Store on the southwest corner of Elgin Mills and Yonge Street, and remained there until the 1930s.

Date Postmaster
1900 - 1907 Naughton, Michael
1907 - 1921 Naughton, John
1921 - 1926 Rainey, Leonard
1926 - 1942 Espey, William

For more information, please consult the local historical collection at the Central Branch of the Richmond Hill Public Library.

 


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