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Elkins, West Virginia
including Leadsville
Mayors, Postmasters

Mayors of Elkins, 1919-99 (may be incomplete!)
A. M. Fredlock as of 1919 Herman Guy Kump 1922-23 Claude W. Maxwell as of 1929 L. Wade Coberly as of 1934 Lacy C. Irons as of 1937 Clay B. Whetsell as of 1941-44 Lacy C. Irons as of 1945-46 L. Wade Coberly as of 1947-48 W. Wallace Barron as of 1949-50 C. Wood Crawford as of 1951 Clark H. Siedhoff as of 1961-62 Garland Hickman as of 1963-64 Clark H. Siedhoff as of 1965 Ralph S. Shepler as of 1966-70 Garland Hickman as of 1971 James P. Gladkosky as of 1973 Willard L. Herron as of 1976 Joseph E. Martin III as of 1977-87 Stephen E. Shepler as of 1989 Jimmy D. Hammond as of 1996-99

Postmasters at Elkins, 1889-1975 (may be incomplete!)
Lummie J. Earle 1889 John W. Pettit 1889-91 James S. Posten 1891-93 Milford M. Smith 1893-97 James S. Posten 1897-1914 Walter C. Posten 1914 Owen J. King 1914-23 Thomas W. Stalnaker 1923 Thomas W. Stalnaker 1923-36 Arling C. McGee 1936-61 George Henry Dornblazer, Jr. 1961-62 James A. McGee 1962 James A. McGee 1962-75

(renamed Elkins 1889)

Postmasters at Leadsville, 1863-89 (may be incomplete!)
William M. Phares 1863-83 Daniel S. Haymond 1883-85 Lummie J. Earle 1885-89

(became part of West Virginia 1863)

Postmasters at Leadsville, 1822-63 (may be incomplete!)
William Marteney, Jr. 1822-31 Washington G. Marteney 1831-39 Jesse Phares 1839-42 William M. Phares 1842-47 Hamilton Skidmore 1847-48 D. Harper 1848-51 William M. Phares 1851-55 Johnson W. Phares 1855-62 William M. Phares 1862-63

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