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Gone, but not forgotten: Mossville, Quincy, and Ryker post offices


Mossville got its first postmaster 19 Sep 1880. It remained a post office until 1 April 1952. The first postmaster was listed as Fred W Strode, but research hasn't located a man by that name. However, William Jordan Strode did live in Mossville at the time, and was the right age. He was born in 1825 in Monroe County, Kentucky, and came to Arkansas. He was living in Newton County by the time of the Civil War, and served in Company H, 1st Arkansas Infantry (US). He returned to farming in Jefferson Township after the War, and served as postmaster at Cassville from 1872 to 1874, when records indicate it closed. He died in 1901 and was buried in Mossville Cemetery. The last postmaster was Mrs. Anna Edgmon, wife of Virgil Edgmon. She was born Anna R Reynolds in 1906 in Murray, daughter of John S and Mary R (Carlton) Reynolds. She married Virgil Edgmon in 1930 at Mossville. The couple lived in Newton County all their lives. Anna died in 1997.
Quincy got its first postmaster 4 Sep 1886, and its last was appointed 22 Nov 1909. The first postmaster was Bartholomew A Casey. He was born in Missouri in 1858. He was a farmer who rented a farm in Richland Township in 1900. By 1910, he owned a farm in Jones Township, and ten years later operated a store there. By 1930, he moved his general store to Ashland Oklahoma. He died there the next year. Eli E Harrison was the last postmaster of Quincy. He was born in Jasper in 1868, son of Frank and Mary (Ammons) Harrison. He married Towney Maybelle Boyd at Quincy 29 Dec 1907. They had a farm in Jones Township until around the time of the First World War, when they moved to Oklahoma, where he worked in a gypsum mill. He died in Oklahoma in 1960.
Ryker had a postmaster from 15 Oct 1891 until the last was appointed 6 May 1937. The first postmaster was Jacob A Ryker. He was born in Indiana in 1836, and moved to Missouri as a young man. He was a miller. He enlisted in Company L, 1st Arkansas Cavalry (US) in Springfield Missouri. After the War, he moved to Kansas, where he worked as an engineer. He filed for an invalid's pension from the government in 1886. He was living on a farm in Kentucky Township when he was appointed postmaster. He died 2 Feb 1900 and was buried in Cave Mountain Cemetery. The last postmaster of Ryker was Mrs. Ipha Roberts. She was born Ipha Dela Friend in 1914 at Red Star in Madison County, daughter of Wesley and Rebecca (Collins) Friend. She married Arvin Roberts in Newton County in 1937, and helped her husband on the farm. She died in Springdale in 2009.

Barbara LeRoy is the author of “Which Side Were They On?,” a new 302 page book listing biographical sketches of the Newton Countians who were involved in the Civil War, available for sale either in the Bradley House Museum or by purchasing online at www.newtoncountyar.com. The book sells for $33.