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JANE, MO RALLIES TO SAVE HISTORIC POST OFFICE

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Names still mark where mail once made its way to Jane, Missouri residents. But the old post office has seen better days. Windows are cracked, the foundation is falling, and the roof is leaking and caving in.


“If we don't act soon in the next couple of winters it will take the roof down. The foundation on the back, the building will just slide off of it,” says Jane Resident Gayla Baker.


Joyce Marrs was once the mail clerk. The property has been in her family for a hundred years.

She also owns the Jane Store and says back in the day when mail was delivered by horse and buggy, the post office was the center of city life in Jane.

“It was an experience. Visiting with people and learning how to put the mail up. They buy stamps from you. You had to make sure everything was exact,” says Marrs.

The post office closed up shop in 1966 when the Pineville Postal Service took over the route. But community members in Jane feel it's an important historic relic worth saving for future generations.

The post office dates back to 1882, but the Marrs family doesn't have the funds to repair it.

The McDonald County Historical Society has placed the post office on the top of its list for renovation and is asking for donations.

“We either get donated materials or we buy them of course. And we either get craftsmen to come in and donate their labor or we hire it done,” says Lynn Tatum of the Historical Society.

The Jane community plans to use the post office as an educational tool.

“Sometimes we wait too long and the building is gone, and the people are gone, and no one knows the history of it. And it's so important that we have that available for people and keep that alive,” says Baker.

In Jane, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News.

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