Trinity Post Office plays interesting role in town’s history

First opening for business in August 20, 1941, the Trinity Post Office was the result of nearly 10 years of petitioning, waiting, and building. Under President Roosevelt's well-known economic initiative, The New Deal, rural counties across the nation were being given funding improve living standards, including structures such as post offices. Having been burned down and relocated twice since 1909, Trinity's only post office at that time was not an independent building in itself, but had been quartered under lease at Post office Drug since 1925. It is only reasonable, then, that locals would have taken interest in the idea of having a real, new Post Office to call their own. 

Trinity began pursuing the necessary funds for such a building in 1932, starting with the earliest letter from Paul Sanderson to his brother-in-law, Senator Morris Sheppard, which in part reads: "Now is certainly the time to do any building that is contemplated in the very near future, due to the very cheap price for material and labor and at the present time a building site can be purchased for a lot less money than any time in my experience and possibly less then we will see for a long time to come." Congressman Nat Patton of Crockett, Texas, also began petitioning for this some time later. 

Seven years later, on May 20, 1938, the Trinity Standard published a front page article announcing the proposed $70,000 plans (funds worth well over $1,000,000 in today's money), including a letter from Congressman Patton to current Post Mistress Hattie Waller. "If the bill goes through the Senate in its present form," Patton wrote, "every congressional district in America will be alloted funds for federal buildings for each district. I am pleased to tell you it will be my pleasure to place your good little town in line."  

More importantly, this letter also came with a vital hint: "I am sure you understand that before consideration and allotment can be made... a certain amount of postal business will have to show up in the report. I surely do hope Trinity can meet the requirements." 

Trinity did. In October of 1938, Trinity was allotted the funds to build their own Post Office. A site in town was promptly purchased from the Gibson heirs and a contract was made with the Christy and Basket Construction Company of San Antonio in March of 1940. Construction began four months later and was finished in August of the following year, with Congressman Nat Patton as a keynote speaker during the opening ceremony. 

Shortly thereafter, the new Post Office's first cancelled letter was addressed to Congressman Nat Patton.

The information concerning Trinity’s Post Office was provided by the Trinity Historical Society. For more information or to buy, “A History of  Trinity,” contact Jessica Parish at (936)-581-0855.