2017-09-24 / Insight

Attica began as a lumbering town

Julie King has been a clerk at the Attica Post Office for 24 years. Julie King has been a clerk at the Attica Post Office for 24 years. ATTICA — There was a post office in Attica before it was known as Attica. Oscar A. Williams was the first postmaster of a boom town lumbering community centered on Elk Lake.

The post office opened in the fall of 1867 as Mill Station and three years later they changed its name to Elk Lake. In 1871, a year after the railroad made its way west from Port Huron, they settled on Attica — the same as the newly-formed township.

Denise Silvernale has been in charge in Attica since 2005, first as Officer in Charge in April and then postmaster since October of that year. She replaced Patricia Tuer, who’d been postmaster since 1995.

“We’re just a normal post office,” said Julie King, who’s been a clerk at the office for 24 years. “I like it here,” she said. “Everyone is really friendly.”

Attica Post Office services most of Attica Township and part of Arcadia Township, delivering from Hunters Creek Road north to Curtis Road and from Five Lakes Road east to Youngs Road. The post office has four rural routes and including the postmaster, 11 employees.

Like most post offices in the county, Attica services its rural routes with LLVs (long life vehicles). Built by Grumman on an S-10 Chevrolet chassis, the little white delivery vehicles were assembled from 1987 to 1994 with an expected working life of 30 years.

The Attica Post Office, King said, also serves as a drop point for UPS.

Located at 485 North Lake Pleasant Rd., the Attica Post Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Phil Foley

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