According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, "Oak Park's nearly 100 wooded acres offered day visitors a wide variety of recreational activities as well as food, with lodging for those who wished to stay overnight. ... Park attractions included a 65-foot wooden slide, two roller coasters, walking paths, picnic areas, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, a swimming hole, paddle boats, and carnival-style game stands."
The park closed in 1930.
The post office now serves as "the community hub" in Bretz, LaRue said. "They don't have any banks or a grocery store or a hardware store."
She said the school bus stops out front, and students come to the post office each day.
"I give them bubble gum," she said. "I bet I give out 20 or 25 pieces a day. I know that's one thing they'll always remember. I think the kids will miss not having 1/8the post office3/8 here."
"I hate to see people lose their post office," Rager said. "It's always an important part of people's lives."
One proposed solution to the "suspension" of the post office is the installation of cluster boxes, but Burge said they're no substitute.
"They can get their mail there," she said, "but where are they going to get stamps and money orders?"
Another option is rural delivery.
McCrobie said many in this small town pay bills by money order. The post office employees "have been very accommodating to people here and have given them advice when they need it. And many of them don't have vehicles."
Cathy Yarosky, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, said the post office "is temporarily suspending service there because the owner is not renewing the lease and has asked us to vacate."
She said she has no further information on the facility but "will let the community know when we know more."
Bob Gay/The Dominion Post Customer Rita McCrobie of Bretz (left) picks up her mail at the Bretz post office from postmaster Nancy LaRue, on Wednesday.
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