ROXTON FIRST PRAIRIE MOUNT
The folks in Roxton might well have been residents of Prairie Mount today, had not the Post Office Department changed the name of their office there in 1869.
The present Roxton Post Office was first established on Sept 9, 1853 with James H. Stevenson as Postmaster. The name given it was Prairie Mount.
Pioneer settlers, seeking a more suitable name, took note of a fine ledge of limestone rock that crops out of the ground a mile from town. They decided upon “Rockstown”, then decided to shorten the spelling to “Roxton”. So on Feb. 2, 1869, the name was formally changed by the Post Office Department at Roxton.
Information on the Roxton Post Office past and present is included in the History of Post Offices of the First Congressional District of Texas compiled by Congressman Wright Patman. A revised version is now being prepared and the Congressman would appreciate any additional or corrections to the present information.
Here is the list of Roxton Postmasters, and their appointment date:
James H. Stevens, (Est) Sept 9 1853.
Archillies Warnack, Oct 31, 1860
John H. McAmis, Oct 11, 1866
John H. Fowler, July 1, 1867
John W. Denton, May 14, 1868
Name changed to ROXTON, February 1869
Richard B. Hamlet, Feb 2, 1869
George M. McGlasson, May 8, 1872
E.I. Shelton, Jan 28,1876
George J. Hackleman, May 21, 1877
John A. English, Aug 28, 1889
Thomas P. Woodruff, April 12, 1893
James M. King Nov 14, 1895.
Marcelious N. Burkett, Dec 31, 1897
Myrtle C. Bradshaw, June 17, 1913
Roy C. Lattimore June 4, 1920
William H. Tarter, May 26, 124
Byron R. Hughes (Acting) Aug 1,1929
Leslie L. Lowe (acting) March 5, 1934
Smith W. Ribble (Acting) Aug 25, 1934
Smith W. Ribble, Jan 25, 1935
Mrs. Josephine L. Moore (acting) March 31, 1953
Mrs. Josephine L. Moore Sept 30, 1954.
**This is from a clipping I found in my Mother’s things no date included. This was one of a series on Post office history. Clipping from The Paris News, Paris, TX
Billie Thorp Self**