The mysterious Garley Post Office


November 2, 2023

“The first post office in the Jewell County was established here.” This fact was part of Mayor J. W. Berry’s speech at the Old Settlers gathering held in Jewell 1898.

That first post office, according to the Sept. 9, 1910, Jewell County Republican and the Sept. 9, 1921, Republican, was called “Garley.” It was manned by the first postmaster in Jewell County, John B. Hoffer.

Jewell County’s first mail was received from Lake Sibley on July 1, 1870. July 1 was also the date given in Winsor and Scarbrough’s “History of Jewell County, Kansas.” However, July 4, 1870 was reported in the July 15, 1880,...

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