The Kaweah Post Office was significantly damaged on September 21. On that evening, a limb from a centuries-old oak came crashing through the historic post office’s roof.
That same tree has stood as silent sentinel over the quaint little post office since the building was moved in 1926 to be near Postmistress Ida Purdy’s home. Though damage appears extensive, the integrity of the 105-year-old wooden structure is intact.
An outpouring of community support for the time-honored edifice has been evident in past weeks. On Saturday, Oct. 10, Kathleen McCleary and neighborhood volunteers staffed a booth during the Living History Day celebration at the Three Rivers Historical Museum.
“I want to thank all of the people who made donations; purchased the commemorative shirts, posters, and other items; and shared their love of our beloved ramshackle wooden box,” said Kathleen.
Kathleen has been owner, custodian, and protector of Kaweah Post Office since purchasing the property on which it sits over four decades ago.
“It was sort of, ‘By the way, a post office comes with it,’” she said. “But soon I became aware of how this tiny little building is the very heart of the Kaweah community and what it means to the people who live here and who visit time after time.”
Though funds were raised at the October 10 event, there is still a long way to go toward the goal of repairing and restoring the Kaweah Post Office to be, in Kathleen’s words, “As good as old.”
There are still shirts and posters for sale at the Three Rivers Historical Museum, and all proceeds go to the post office’s pending restoration. In addition, financial donations may be made at the Museum or at Valley Oak Credit Union, where an account has been opened (donors are asked to reference “Kaweah Post Office” on the memo line of checks).
Plans are in the works for future fundraisers. For more information on everything Kaweah Post Office, call Kathleen at 561-4055.