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The Remlik Post Office

by Larry Chowning
After reading the Southside Sentinel’s article in the October 4 issue that included historical information on Remlik Post Office, Katherine T. Milby of Remlik called to give even more history. 

Milby’s mother, Emma Rilee Thrift, was postmaster from 1966 to when Remlik Post Office closed in 1993. The old post office building is still standing next to the Thrift homeplace in the “flats” area of Remlik.

Milby said James M. Derieux decided to retire as Remlik postmaster in 1965 and have the postal service moved out of his country store. This old building still stands today and is now home to Big Oak Cafe.

Derieux had been postmaster of Streets Post Office (later Remlik Post Office) starting on February 24, 1920. The name Streets was changed to Remlik in 1932. Derieux was postmaster there for nearly 45 years.

“My mother was working in the oyster breading section of J.W. Ferguson Seafood [at Remlik] when Buster [Ferguson] asked her if she would consider being the postmaster of Remlik,” said Milby. “She thought it over and agreed to take the post office test. She passed.
“My father, Jesse Thrift, and Joe Major [of Stormont] built the little post office building right next to our house,” she said. “It was to be the community center in Remlik for nearly 30 years.”

Remlik Post Office closed in 1993 and mail services were transferred to Urbanna. “My mother loved the post office job,” said Milby. “When my brothers and I were growing up my mother was always close to the house to make sure we behaved ourselves and we were looked after.”

The old Remlik Post Office building is used today for storage by the Milby family. She has and treasures the old Remlik Post Office sign that was once on the front of the building, and the inside of the building still has the post office slots where Remlik folks picked up their mail. 

posted 10.11.2018

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