Walla Walla Man Designs Dayton Post Office 150th Anniversary Commemorative Envelope | etc.


For 150 years, the Dayton Post Office, 202 S. Second St., has been an active business in the community of about 2,444 people, said Robert Keatts, post aficionado and Walla Walla resident.

Tuesday, March 15 marks his 150th birthday. Its first postmaster, George W. Miller, served the post office originally named Touchet from 1865 to 1872, Keatts said.

Jesse N. Day founded the town in March 1872, and with the renaming and founding, Day became postmaster of the renamed Dayton Post Office in September 1872.

Author of “Postal History of Southeastern Washington”, Keatts created a commemorative cover for the 150th anniversary.

The heavier 4⅛-inch by 9½-inch paper envelope can be embellished with a design to note a historical event, he said.

It could be a first day cover with a new issue stamp canceled on the first day of use, an illustrated cancellation to commemorate a historic event like the anniversary of the Walla Walla Peace Treaty Council on the 9th June 2005, or the Walla Walla Scramble balloon, says Keatts.

“In this case, the commemorative envelope is a specially designed envelope by an individual, which will be canceled on March 15, 2022, the day of the 150th anniversary of the naming of the post office “Dayton”. It will also be autographed by the postmaster current,” Keatts said.

The U.S. Postal Service defines “memorial” as honoring birthdays, important people, a historical event, or topics of national or local significance. These commemorations can be honored with a stamp, an illustrated cachet or a cachet with the date of the event.

He said his cover design is formatted for an official #10 envelope, available for $2.50 and autographed by Postmaster Malinda Thrall. It includes an envelope stamped with the Dayton Post Office cancellation of March 15, 2022. Thrall is also Officer in Charge at the Walla Walla Post Office.

Keatts said an insert gives a brief history of the Dayton Post Office and lists postmasters and their dates of appointment from 1872 to 2022.

The commemorative cover is not an official USPS item, but copies, limited to 100, will be available at the Dayton Post Office on March 15. After that date, it may be available at the Dayton Historic Depot, 222 Commercial St., or Keatts gift shop by emailing [email protected]

Those interested can pre-order, but the covers won’t be available until after the memorial date. All orders will be mailed in larger envelopes to prevent USPS Mail Fulfillment Center spray voids from being applied to the commemorative cover.

Annie Charnley Eveland is a retired editor and journalist. A freelance writer, she produces the weekly column Etcetera Sundays in the Union-Bulletin. Send news with contact name and daytime phone number to [email protected]

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