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For Women’s History Month, Rep. Heck Introduces Bill to Honor Tumwater’s Eva G. Hewitt

Mar 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, in honor of Women’s History Month, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) re-introduced a bill to designate the Tumwater Post Office to honor Eva G. Hewitt, who was Tumwater’s first female postmaster from 1915 until her retirement in 1942.

“Women’s History Month is an opportunity to lift up the legacy of women who blazed a trail for future generations,” Heck said. “I can think of no better occasion to unveil this bill honoring one of the South Sound’s trailblazers, Eva G. Hewitt. Eva was a dedicated postmaster and businesswoman, and she’s earned her place in the South Sound’s history books. It’s an honor to collaborate with the City of Tumwater to share her story with our community.”

“Renaming the Post Office in honor of Eva G. Hewitt is a fitting tribute to honor the first female Postmaster in Tumwater,” said Joan Cathey, Mayor Pro Tem. “As an influential leader, Eva served a critical role during the City’s formative years. Her hard work and dedicated service to the community are emblematic of Tumwater residents then and now. Our residents value diversity and equity, which is reflected in the renaming of this landmark in honor of Eva Hewitt.”

Often described as the “heart and soul of Tumwater,” Eva G. Hewitt (1875-1957) played an influential role during the early years of Tumwater. She assumed the position of postmaster in 1915, where she oversaw the tremendous growth in mail volumes in the South Sound. Following the death of her husband in 1927, she took over business operations of the Hewitt Drug Store. She served as store owner and postmaster until her retirement in 1942. In addition to being Tumwater’s first female postmaster, Eva G. Hewitt was the longest-serving Tumwater postmaster at the time of her retirement. She was also widely regarded as Tumwater’s local historian, researching, preserving, and promoting the history of the Pacific Northwest. Hewitt passed away in Olympia in 1957.

Heck’s bill would designate the United States Postal Service facility located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington as the ‘‘Eva G. Hewitt Post Office.’’ The bill would require that any mention in any law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States properly reference the facility and use the new name. The full text of the bill is available HERE.

Heck is also a cosponsor of H.Res. 171, a resolution supporting National Women’s History Month (Bill text HERE).