The Newman Post Office 

(Ewing Family Connection)

1313 Main Street, Newman, CA  95360

The Newman Post Office Building: A Testament to Legacy and Community

For over six decades, the Newman Post Office Building has stood as a cornerstone of the community, bearing witness to the ebb and flow of daily life in the bustling town. Yet, behind its sturdy façade lies a story deeply intertwined with the history and legacy of the Ewing family, a tale of entrepreneurship, community spirit, and familial ties that have endured the test of time.

The roots of this story can be traced back to the mid-20th century when the landscape of Newman was undergoing transformation. The lot where the iconic Main Street Post Office now stands found its owners in the form of business partners Walter D'Avila (1910 - 1967) and Sam Ewing (1907 - 1981). Together, they embarked on a journey that would leave an indelible mark on the town's history.

In November 1944, D'Avila and Ewing, with a vision for progress and growth, acquired the Knights of Pythias building and its surrounding property. Little did they know that this acquisition would lay the foundation for a lasting legacy that would span generations.

Fast forward to 1957, a pivotal year for both the Newman Post Office and the Ewing family. The Post Office, seeking a new abode, found an unlikely champion in "D & E Electric", the business venture of D'Avila and Ewing operating from the Pythias building. Recognizing the opportunity to contribute to the community's infrastructure, D'Avila and Ewing spearheaded the construction of a new facility to house the Post Office.

Thus, in July of 1957, the doors of the new Post Office swung open, welcoming residents with the promise of efficient mail services and a touch of hometown charm. The building, leased from D'Avila and Ewing, became more than just a postal hub—it became a symbol of their dedication to Newman's progress and prosperity.

As time marched on, the baton of ownership passed from hand to hand, weaving a narrative of family stewardship and continuity. Following the eventual passing of both Walter D'Avila and Sam Ewing, their respective families carried forth the legacy, ensuring that the ties between the Post Office and their families remained unbroken.  As the 1980's rolled along, Barbara Ewing Powell became sole owner of the Post Office Building which she held in her possession well into the 21st century.

It is with a tinge of melancholy that we bid farewell to this storied chapter in Newman's history. In May of 2024, the beloved Post Office Building changed hands, marking the end of the Ewing family's enduring association with the iconic structure. However, as one door closes, another opens, and the spirit of community and camaraderie that has defined the Newman Post Office Building will continue to thrive in the hearts and minds of its residents.

In the annals of Newman's history, the Post Office Building stands not just as a testament to reliable mail processing but as a living monument to the dedication, vision, and legacy of the Ewing family. Though the physical structure may change hands, its significance as a beacon of community pride and unity will endure for generations to come.