Loara Post Office
Loara (July 27, 1900 – February 28, 1907)
In 1899, J.W. Duckworth purchased the Loara Store. Soon after, he circulated a petition to get a post office for the community – located in his store, of course.
John W. Duckworth, 1900-1905
Loara pioneer Hedwig Bloodgood remembered John Duckworth (1855-1921) as “an ambitious and aggressive man.” Besides running the store and post office, he was one of the first trustees of the Loara School District. But he had his sights set on bigger things, and in 1905 managed to get the appointment as postmaster of Anaheim.
Guy L. Duckworth, 1905-1907
When John Duckworth became postmaster of Anaheim his son, Guy, took over both the Loara Store and the post office. His brother later took over the store, but the post office was closed in 1907 and Guy Duckworth moved to Hawaii, where he got into the produce shipping business (and served as the postmaster of Aiea, on Oahu). He later returned to California and died in 1931 at age 48.
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