April 2, 1912
MAINE POSTOFFICE IN ONE FAMILY FOR 112 YEARS
Kilby Family Has Distributed Dennysville Mail Since 1800
HORACE P. KILBY, acting postmaster at Dennysville, Washington county, Me., will take a civil service exam and if he passes he will succeed H. HOWARD KILBY, who had been postmaster since June 30, 1897. The office has been in the Kilby family for 112 years, with the exception of 2 brief intervals.
The Dennysville postoffice was established Feb. 24, 1800, with WILLIAM KILBY as postmaster. He held for 25 years and then on Dec.6, 1825, presumably about the time WILLIAM was gathered to his fathers, JOHN KILBY, presumably his son, qualified and remained postmaster for 27 years. Aug. 20, 1852, CYRUS H. KILBY became postmaster. Whether he was a grandson of the first and the son of the secong is not clear. He held on for less than 2 years and then, April 18, 1854, BENJAMIN KILBY became postmaster and held the office for 22 years. Dec. 21, 1876, HOWARD H. KILBY became postmaster and held the place until Feb. 27, 1886 when HERBERT HALLOWELL, a member of the Kilby family became postmaster. He remained until the democrats elected a president. On June 18, 1887, Edwin H. Smith was appointed to the place. June 1, 1889, HOWARD H. KILBY came back into his own and served the remainder of the Harrison administration and until July 1, 1893, when WILLIAM P. FENDERSON got the office during the second Cleveland administration. Again, however, a KILBY was recognized and on June 30, 1897, H.HOWARD KILBY was commissioned as postmaster and he served until early in February last.
The office is a small one, but it now pays about $700. a year in salary.
[ this is not my family, hope someone may find this old newspaper article interesting].
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