1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 25, 2021 11:08 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking records of name change to Tinley Park Post Office

    Brad Bettenhausen Newbie

      We have previously reviewed M841 for history of postmasters serving our area. We know our first local post office was Bachelors Grove (Cook County Illinois) established 15 Dec 1843.  This was followed by a second office named Cooper's Grove on 15 May 1848.  The names for the two post offices were changed 30 May 1850 as Township government was introduced into Illinois being renamed in reference to their geographic location in the newly formed Bremen Township.  Bachelors Grove, the older office, became the Bremen Post Office, and Cooper's Grove became New Bremen.  The Bachelors Grove/Bremen post office was discontinued 26 Nov 1858.  On 6 October 1890, the surviving New Bremen Post Office name was changed to Tinley Park.  We are trying to find documentation related to this name change.


      Considering that the New Bremen name had been in use for just shy of 40 years, it is hard to imagine that a name change would be approved without some explanation.  We are seeking any information that may exist relative to the name change.  The Archives webpage regarding Post Offices indicate that written policies were adopted in 1891 just after this event.  It stands to reason that some of those policies and principles were already being implemented at the time of this request and that more than a notification of name change was required.  Seeking assistance in locating such documentation.  Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking records of name change to Tinley Park Post Office
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Bettenhausen,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Reports of Site Locations, 1837 - 1950 in the Records of the Post Office Department (Record Group 28) that includes 2 files for Cook County Illinois.  These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. We also located the series Letters Sent, 10/3/1789 - 12/31/1952 in Record Group 28  that may contain a reference to the name change of New Bremen Post Office in 1890.  For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


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