The Eupora Post Office was completed in 1941, the 8th Mississippi post office to be designed by Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the Office of Supervising Architect of the Treasury (Mississippi Department of Archives and History/Historic Resources Inventory database). Neal A. Melick was the Supervising Engineer. Construction was by Blair, Algernon, Construction Company, who built 9 post offices in Mississippi. For some original photographs of the construction of the post office, check out Belinda Stewart Architecture!
Thomas “Tom” Savage painted “Cotton Farm” in 1945. Savage joined the Stone Art Colony in 1932. Although he was a full-time farmer, he studied at the Layton Art School in Milwaukee. Of his work, Stone City Art Colony and School, 1932-1933 said,
…typified Grant Wood’s ideal of a regional artist due to his unique combination of talents. (projects.mtmercy.edu)
Savage worked with Wood at the University of Iowa to help produce murals for the 1931 Iowa City PWAP project. He secured three WPA post office commissions, including the third lesser known one in Eupora. In an unusual twist to the criticisms of art created under the New Deal programs, Savage’s award-winning work “Butchering on the Farm” was criticized for depicting “unrealistic…bloodless” butchering. When Eleanor Roosevelt selected his sketch (part of the WPA projects) to hang in the White House, I am certain she was concerned about the lack of blood in the art. The painting was eventually moved back to Ft. Dodge, Iowa and is part of the permanent collection of the Blanden Memorial Museum.