Signage for the Clark Lake Post Office changed yesterday. The familiar sign was retired for a new lighted one. But what would become of the sign that had marked the post office’s location for decades? The Clark Lake Community Center is renewing its mission to preserve Clark Lake’s past. This sign, along with other Clark Lake artifacts, will be on display on the Community Center’s Wall of Fame. You can read more about the re-dedication to preserve our history in the upcoming View from the Center newsletter. It will appear soon on this website.
To release this piece of Clark Lake history, the Post Office went through an internal review. Graciously, they donated the sign to the Community Center. In this photo, are Clark Lake’s Bill Searles, and the local postmaster, Tim Kurtz..
After this photo was taken, the sign was transported to the Community Center. Temporarily in storage, it will soon be part of the Wall of Fame.
The post office has been adjacent to Doyle’s Market (formerly Roberts) for years. Previously, it was located on Hyde Road across from the boat launch in a building that also housed Hop’s Lakeside Grocery.
Prior to that, the post office was part of the train depot, which stood at the end of Vining Street. Norma Gallaway (Lee) wrote about the location in 1947. The description was as part of a term paper for school.
By clicking here, you time travel with her fascinating account of the structures and businesses that ran along Hyde Road at the west end of the lake.
In another story on this website, Walt Reed reveals how Clark Lake–or Clark’s Lake–became Clarklake to the rest of the world.
So glad this historical sign will be preserved and displayed. Growing up, I remember the former post office well. My mom, Virginia Seward Ganiard, was the Postmaster at that location and later at the present location. Many fond memories of her co-workers and Hop’s store and Robert’s Grocery (both locations). Clarklake has been “home” to my family for five generations and my heart will always be right here.
Diana Ganiard Potts