Howard F. Young / Postmasters

Howard F. Young / Postmasters (HMIWA)

Location: Marshall, MI 49068 Calhoun County
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N 42° 16.317', W 84° 57.452'

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Howard F. Young (1889-1934), a native of Allegan, designed this Marshall post office building in 1932. Young studied engineering at the University of Michigan and was involved in construction work in Albany, New York, Detroit and Kalamazoo. His interest in restoring Greek Revival architecture is evident in his Marshall projects, which include the restoration of the Harold C. Brooks and other homes and the conversion of Marshall's livery stable into a town hall. Young also designed the Brooks Memorial Fountain.

Until the Civil Service reforms of 1883, one became a postmaster through federal political appointment. Thus, postmasters were usually prominent political leaders of the local community. In 1831 George Ketchum, cofounder of the city of Marshall, became this area's first postmaster. In 1833 he was followed by the Rev. John D. Pierce, who later became Michigan's first state superintendent of public instruction. Through the years a stagecoach operator, a banker, a physician, a mayor and a newspaper publisher have served the community as postmasters.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number989
Year Placed1982
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 668433 N 4681991
Decimal Degrees42.27195000, -84.95753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.317', W 84° 57.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 19.02" N, 84° 57' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)517, 269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 E Michigan Ave, Marshall MI 49068, US
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