Post Office, Alston

Kate Moses writes: Ms. Evelyn McArthur was the Postmaster here for many years. She was best friends with my grandmother and gave every child that came in to the Post Office a piece of strawberry candy. Dory Sharpe Hickson recalls: Evelyn’s father, Theodore, was postmaster before she took the job. I spent the happiest days of my life as a child visiting in Alston…Dr. Sharpe’s office was in the back of the store. The post office was to the right of the front door, on the left was a soda fountain. In the 1930’s, Lyman Jones worked behind the counter as soda jerk – a very handsome young man. It was known as the “drug store”, the post office just happened also to be housed there.

Olivia Higgs Neesmith notes: I remember this very well, being the oldest granddaughter of Dr. Sharpe and spending much time there. His office was in the back of the store as Dory Sharpe Hickson mentioned. Everyone new each other!

6 thoughts on “Post Office, Alston

  1. Kimberly Walker

    I remember visiting Ms. Evelyn at the post office as a child, with my grandmother, Hazel Sharpe. I have been away from Georgia for a long time, living in California, however have always tried to visit Sharpe Cemetery when I am in Georgia, and always stop and look in the windows of the boarded up post office. Having recently moved to Jacksonville, we visited today. I was heartbroken to see the roof has collapsed, and the building is completely uninhabitable.

    Does anyone know the future of the building? Is it historically protected through preservation?

    I have such wonderful memories of visiting Ms. Evelyn as a child, and getting a coca-cola.

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  2. Olivia Higgs NeeSmith

    I remember this very well, being the oldest granddaughter of Dr. Sharpe and spending much time there. His office was in the back of the store as Dory Sharpe Hickson mentioned. Everyone new each other!
    Thanks for the wonderful memories.

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  3. Dory Sharpe Hickson

    Failed to mention that Dr. Sharpe’s office was in the back of the store. The post office was to the right of the front door, on the left was a soda fountain. In the 1930’s, Lyman Jones worked behind the counter as soda jerk – a very handsome young man. It was known as the “drug store”, the post office just happened also to be housed there.

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  4. Dory Sharpe Hickson

    Evelyn’s father, Theodore, was postmaster before she took the job. I spent the happiest days of my life as a child visiting in Alston. I still love to go back to visit.

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  5. Kate Moses

    Ms. Evelyn McArthur was the Postmaster here for many years. She was best friends with my grandmother and gave every child that came in to the Post Office a piece of strawberry candy. She lived in the “Eclectic Cutout House” pictured above.

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