Dexter Oregon 97431
post office was established in May 1872, and was first called
Butte Disappointment. This name was derived from a local
landmark that was so named by pioneers in 1848. On July
19, 1875, the post office name was changed to Dexter. Samuel
Handsaker was then postmaster. His son, John Handsaker,
in an interview with Myron Tinker, Eugene Register-Guard,
June 3, 1951, stated that the family had a "Dexter"
brand cook stove with the name emblazoned on the front.
He always understood the name of the cook stove was the
of the place-name.