|Source: Boston Public Library. Map dated 1 Dec 1897.|
Robert was appointed as the Postmaster in Gallatin, Benton County, Arkansas in September 1894. He served in that role through September 1901, if not longer.
Robert and Henrietta had at least the following children:
1. Lula Alice Flatt (1870-1950)
2. Joseph P. Flatt (1872-1926)
3. William Thomas Flatt (1874-1930)
4. Robert Hancock Flatt (1880-1881)
5. Clyde Foster Flatt (1883-1956)
6. Fred Cleveland Flatt (1885-1929)
7. Sidney Lester Flatt (1887-1976)
8. Orlena Flatt (1889-1962)
9. Nola Flatt (1891-?)
In the 1880 US Census, Robert was a merchant of dry goods in Illinois Township, Washington County, Arkansas. The family had three boarders in their household: George Karr, who worked as a clerk in the store, and two artists: William Bailey and William Reynolds.
By the 1900 US Census, Robert and family appear in Logan Township (Gallatin) in neighboring Benton County. His occupation is not listed as postmaster, but as distiller and farmer.
Robert must have had a side-occupation, as he shows up in the Pre-Prohibition Distillers Database in Benton County between 1898-1904. According to the database, Flatt stored his spirits in a warehouse and paid taxes with the IRS when they were withdrawn from the warehouse. It isn't clear from these limited records how large or small the distillery was. But he definitely operated the distillery while serving as the postmaster in Gallatin. Flatt likely made whisky, and given his appearance on government records, it probably was not a small operation.
|IRS, 1895. Source: Google Books.|