Celebrating 150 Years

By on March 12, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

 

Overpeck, Ohio, started off as Overpeck Station in 1860. From the very beginnings of this community situated between Cincinnati and Dayton, there’s been a Post Office and a Postmaster — John Overpeck was the first.
 
Mail was delivered by Railway Post Office to the Post Office and coal was sold out of the back of the building.
 
As times marches on, so did Overpeck Station. In 1880 its name was shortened to Overpeck, but it would be another century before the Post Office was relocated.
 
From left: Retired Postmaster Delores Eby, retired Postmaster Relief Geraldine Faulkner, former Postmaster Nancy Zinsmeister, and current Postmaster Relief Tonya Hahn with Postmaster Pat Graf at the 150th anniversary celebration.
 
 
 
 
 
"This is an honor for the Post Office and the community," said Postmaster Pat Graf, the 22nd Postmaster serving Overpeck. "I get to help honor both."
 
Graf said customers brought in historic items to share for a special anniversary display. The community’s most famous son is Charles Francis Richter, inventor of the Richter scale. Born in 1900, he lived here until 1909 when he and his grandfather moved to California.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natalie Hahn shows the special cancellation she designed for the 150th anniversary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To mark the anniversary, the office offered a special cancellation featuring a sketch of the former Post Office building drawn by Natalie Hahn, daughter of Postmaster Relief Tonya Hahn.
 
"We have a lot to be proud of," Graf added. "Our history is just one of them."

 

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