Just when you think you know everything, one like this comes along. Quite a while ago I did a series of posts about the Bank of Maplewood. Matter of fact here are the links if you’d like to take a look at them again.
If you didn’t look at any of those links at least look at Part Three, will ya? In Part Three an image from the 1915 Maplewood Directory and a letterhead are shown that make it clear the bank was not still in its original location at the NE corner of Oakview Terrace and Manchester.
This story is actually about the Citizens Bank of Maplewood. Notice that the name is almost the same as the Bank of Maplewood. Just one word was added. Just why was this new bank formed is a question that one of the banks longest serving members, Mary Piles, is trying to solve. I’m curious, too. Why did these folks feel like they needed another bank only one block away from the one they already had? What about the Swinks? John was the president of the Bank of Maplewood and the owner of the building in 1904. Robert was involved in the start up of Citizens Bank. Were those guys brothers? Were the banks competitors?
Those are a few of the unknowns to us. Perhaps some of my readers will be able to shed some light on this?
There are many many more images of photographs and documents that the tireless researcher and caretaker of the historic material at Citizens’ Bank, Mary Piles, has sent me. I had planned to make this post much longer but either the interface with this digital publishing program is failing or perhaps it is in my own computer. Oh joy. All of these images loaded extremely slowly until I couldn’t load another one. Wish me luck.
Much thanks to Mary. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.
Doug Houser September 12, 2020