There are, apparently, no records showing when the town of Cedaredge began. First available information begins about the time Harry Kohler settled in the lush agricultural Surface Creek Valley, now noted for raising quality fruit.
Soon after Kohler completed a vast building project on the Bar I Ranch in the late 1880’s Thomas Powers started a duded ranch where Mrs. F. O. Schram now lives.
A story is told that Powers was not the man’s real name. It was then housed at Miss Mary Botsford’s about 1893, the post office remained there until it was moved to the Jake Frank home in 1898.
Joe Hogrefe opened the first general store in 1900 and the postal operations were moved there. He served as postmaster for several years before the office was moved south of where the Apple Bowl Café is now located.
In 1917 the post office department was moved again, this time to the present building.
The first mail in Cedaredge was delivered by horses and carts, before that the mail was delivered by horseback and pack horse.
When Frank Fiches operated a store and post office about 1905 on the site of the Coalby Club House, a woman carried the mail. She was Miss Mary Derosier who rode horse back from Cedaredge to Coalby, distributing mail to ranchers along the way.
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