2017-09-24 / Insight

Imlay City Post Office thrived with railroad

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IMLAY CITY — Mail delivery began in the Imlay City area in 1866 with the opening of the Imlay Post Office near the intersection of Blacks Corners and Weyer roads in the settlement of Blacks Corners.

When construction of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railway reached as far as Attica, the railroad’s chief engineer Charles Palmer laid out a village of 240 acres in 1870 and named it for William Imlay who had settled in the area in 1828 and gave the township his name.

The Imlay Post Office was eventually renamed Blacks Corners and closed in 1897. Last year the Imlay City Historical Commission replaced a marker near its location.

One of the first things set up in the new railroad market town was a post office and there’s been one there ever since. The railroad’s changed names twice, but the post office remains.

The current post office was built in 1956 on East Third Street, near the railroad tracks and the fire hall.

“You get used to it,” said Sandy Berger, who’s been postmaster since 2004.

Berger began her career as a clerk in the Attica Post Office when it was next to the fire department in downtown Attica on Lake Pleasant Road. Two years after going to work for Norma Muxlow, who was postmaster at the time, Berger went to Flint, where she became a supervisor before taking over as postmaster in Imlay City.

She said the best thing about the Imlay City Post Office is “the people.” Berger added, “I’ve got a great crew here. They go out of their way to help customers.”

Berger said between clerks, city carriers and rural carriers, the Imlay City Post Office has 15 employees. “We’re a little under compliment,” she said.

The office serves from Graham Road on the east to Summers Road on the west and from Clear Lake Road on the north to Webster Road to the south. In between it delivers mail to 4,350 customers. About three-quarters of the office’s 316 lock boxes are rented. “We’re doing okay,” she said.

Berger takes pride in having, “probably largest selection of stamps around.”

One of Imlay City’s unique services, Berger said, is Dinero Seguro (Secure Money). It allows people in Imlay City to transfer money to a bank in Mexico in about 15 minutes.

The Imlay City Post Office, Berger said, offers passport services and passport photos by appointment.

While Berger’s day starts at 5 a.m., the Imlay City Post Office, located at 310 East Third St., is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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