Unfortunately the census records do not list Octorara as Dobbins’ post office. The 1870 census lists “May” and the 1860 census simply says “Colerain”, which is the name of the township. The US IRS Tax Assessment List for 1866 (see below) does note his address, that is his post office, as being Octorara.
The Lancaster Historical Preservation Trust identifies a four bay brick store/house along
Franklin Ellis and Samuel Evans, in their History of
The Octorara Post Office however had to have included a larger area. Many older residents have recalled a town – a hamlet really – where the
In 1952, according to Jim Neary of Jim Neary’s Live Bait & Tackle, the reservoir was impounded. Today it is home to many varieties of fish and birds. Visitors may rent a boat or a kayak or enjoy fishing in the lake.
Ancestry.com. A history of the Octoraro Farmers Club, 1856-1946 : prepared as a tribute to those men and women of yesterday, the charter members [database on-line].
“Andrews Bridhe Historic District” LivingPlaces.com. Accessed 30 July 2015 http://www.livingplaces.com/PA/Lancaster_County/Colerain_Township/Andrews_Bridge_Historic_District.html
“Our Present Past” Historic Preservation Trust of