Hometown: Kingston, NY
Date of Birth: January 17, 1889
Date of Death: October 2, 1977
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Football, Track and Gymnastics]
Obituary - White House Engineer, Shelby Post, Succumbs, Sentinel Echo
Mr. Post was born Jan. 17, 1889 in New York state, the son of New Yorker Charles B. Post and Kentucky-born Elizabeth Shelby, a descendant of Isaac Shelby, Kentucky's first governor. For his higher education the engineer, a great-great-grandson of Isaac Shelby, enrolled in the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the University's championship basketball team and where he graduated in 1908. During this interim he resided on the 600-acre Bluegrass farm, a part of the Shelby estate, on which his mother had grown up.
His profession brought Mr. Post to London and it was here he met and married Miss Edna Pearl Hackney, on May 10, 1917. She was a daughter of E.H. Hackney, pioneer London merchant, and Mrs. Hackney. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the couple moved back to London and he was a resident of the old Hackney homestead until his death. She preceded him in death. They had no children.
As a government engineer, Mr. Post had numerous assignments throughout Eastern and South United States. Perhaps the most massive was the renovation of the White House which took three years. During this period he became a friend of Harry S. Truman whose residency had been switched to the Blair House. It was President Truman who introduced the London man to Princess Elizabeth, now Queen of England.
The rebuilding of the Executive Mansion was a huge task. Everything was torn down except the four-foot thick walls of the White House and had to be replaced.
Steel supports were added, the building was underpinned to include a basement, and the President's home was declared safe. Mr. Post related. He added that the building is now fireproof and virtually indestructible, and that nothing less than an earthquake could ever damage the building.
Mr. Post was chief engineer of many government constructions, including numerous post offices, one of which is at Lake Wales, Fla. While obtaining his engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, he also played football as well as basketball for the institution which then had an enrollment of only 400 students.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rawlings Funeral Home, of which he was a member, by the Rev. Benis Carnes. Burial followed in the A.R. Dyche Memorial Park.