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The Adams County Record Thursday, December 10. 2009 Page 5 I A brief llistory of Council banks DalbYisk I'm going to interrupt my J,D' Neale series & cover the bank story this week. ers." Bill Daniels called with some information. Bill worked at the bank from 1958 to 1972. By the time the photos I featured were taken (late '60s), Ed Kesler was the bank manager. The guy in one of the photos may have been Joe Johnson. Nelma (Glenn) Green said she worked at the bank from 1953 to '58 and then was the "call girl" until 1966. She said, "I remember the meat market next door, with the pop machine just inside the door, where losers of the nightly coin toss bought the soda. I worked with 'DT, Glen ("Jute") Welker, (broth- er of Herman, the State Senator) and Norman Hansen who still lives around Cambridge. In the 60s there were a lot of people working there who are still around this area." Construction on the present bank building began in the spring of 1971 and progressed rapidly. The store was Shavers when the bank moved to its current location. (I think Carl Shaver bought the Merit Store in 1965.) Bill Daniels said after the bank moved out, a crew from the Boise Cascade sawmill came over with heavy equipment. They tore out a section of the west wall, cut out the big concrete and steel vault and hauled it away to use as a dynamite storage vault. This may have been the one that sat along the Middle Fork Road for a long time. Idaho First began business in the new building on July 30 with a grand opening cele- bration. Area ranchers were invited to bring Since featuring the photos of the old bank a few Weeks ago, I've gathered a little more information. The annex that was built onto the Merit store in 1941 was divid- ed into two parts. The part closest to the store was a meat market oper- ated by Lewis Daniels and Russell Evans. This section is still part of the "R6nnie's" grocery store; the. floor was raised recently from its former, lower level. The west part of the annex contained a shop called the "Sugar Bowl". Th Sugar Bowl was run by!Bob Dagget and Tom McCord and their wives. They sold hamburg- ers,: ice cream, sodas, etc. and had a. two-lane boling alley. Before it waS' put in this building, the:: bowling setup had been in a vacant lot just east of the Seven Devils caf6 building. We have one : of the little bowling balls and a couple pins in 'he museum. Idaho First National Bank bought the Adams CoUnty Bank in 1946 and continued to operate in ithe west half of the building that is now the Council Valley Market. The east half was the Golden Rule Store. Donald Strickfaden was the bank manager, not Ed as I said a few Weeks ag0, Ed is Den's son, and was at One time the superintendent of the Idaho State Police. The bank moved into the Sugar Bowl loca- tion in May of 1951. The Adims County Leader said, "The new bank office occupies the west half of the former Merit Store annex building. The quarters have been completely remodeled and furnished to provide in[eased convenience their branding irons forsooth customers and and brand pieces of pine en!,.yees, : ' The, !:;:::new boar d to hang on the wall of the "Branding Iron Lounge" in the southwest comer of the bank. Those brands are hanging on the wall of the lounge today. The walls of this lounge room have an interesting history. The office boasts more than twice the floor space' of the bank's former quar- ters, enlarged custom- er lobby and counter space, a new vault fdr securities, records and safe deposit boxes, and a private booth for use by safe deposit custom- YORK EXCAVATION, INC. 253-4284 *BACKHOE - SNOW PLOWING *DUMP TRUCK & TRAILER *ROCK & DIRT HAULING *SEPTIC SYSTEMS *D7F with RIPPER & U BLADE LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED BOX 158, COUNCIL, ID 83612 CELEBRATE Birthdays Anniversaries * Special Occasions VRS AUTO GLASS VALLEY REPAIRS & SERVICES Windshield Repairs & Replacements "We will come to you" Most Comprehensive Insurance pays 100% of Chip Repair Brian & Cyndi Dunham Bauer .Indian Valley, Idaho (208) 256-4315 weathered board sur- face of the north wall where the brands are displayed came from an old homestead house near Munday Gulch at Indian Valley. Like many homesteads in the hard times of the 1920s, the house and home- stead were abandoned. The Clifford Keppinger family later owned this property and donated the boards from the old house to the bank. The bricks in the south wall of the room came from the old Council Elementary/High School that once stood near the present location of Economy Roofing. The school was built in 1907 and demolished in 1958.. The bricks were made in Weiser. Have you seen these people? On another note, the Council High School classes of 1960 through. 1970 are planning a reunion next July. I've been asked to find con- tact info for the mem- bers of the class of 1970 that the organiz- ers haven't been able to reach yet. If you have contact info for the fol- lowing people, please get it to me: Debbie (Lake) Greer, Robin Ham, Glenyce Hug, Jerry Krupp, Philip Kuntz, Shirley Layton, Loretta Main, John Naslund, Tim & Carol Petty, Richard Rudger, Lillian Shelton. If you were a member of a Council class that graduated during that decade, even if you didn't gradu- ate here, and you have not been contacted, the organizers are looking for you. ! Bank manager, Ed Kesler, cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Idaho First National Bank in Council at its present location, on July 30, 1971. Those in the photo are, from left to right: Don Menter (President of the Council Chamber of Commerce), unidentified young man, Ed Kesler, Bill Hilliboe (City Council President), Thomas Frye (President, Idaho First national Bank), another unidentified young man. Inside the old bank location. I'm pretty sure the guy on the left is Joe Johnson and the woman in the back at the file cabinet is Fay Yantis. Cambridge Senior Chatter Upper Country Singers put on quite-a-sKstv .............. : ............ P Some of you may know that I'm taking Fridays off to use up vacation time that I will lose if I don't use. Last Friday was the first of these vacation days and, true to form, I started getting sick again...the third time in as many months. I missed the Upper Country Singers concert Sunday, which was to be the first time in the six years I've sang with them. It was really hard to be at home watching the clock and wondering how things were going. A friend called me up afterward and told me that it was a wonder- ful afternoon and that the singers were great, Since then I've heard this morning from others stating the same thing. A man from Griefs music in Ontario stopped by to give us a free calen- dar and he told me that he had already heard it from two people that it was the best concert the group had put on to date. I hope you were able to go. I really feel as though I missed out on something special. December is slip- ping away and so are your chances to make any changes to your Medicare Part "D" insur- M,CALLAKTIST CONN00OTIONII ance. If you have access to a computer, you can go to Medicare.gov and sift through the informa- tion yourself, or you can come in to the senior center or the Midvale Library where either Myrna Weikal or I will be able to help you sift through the material. The deadline to make any changes is December 31. Blood pressur e clin- ics will be held on the" December 30 and our foot clinic will be on Wednesday, December 23. Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 22 this year and the center will be closed from December 23 through December 28 for the Christmas Holidays. December 30 we will have our annual meet- ing and will be electing three new members to our Senior Center Board of Directors. On the first Wednesday in January 2010, the board will elect officers for the coming Meets on the fourth Thursday of    [ each month at 7 pm. Meadow Wood ' ' I Lodge in McCall. Each meeting has  a Specia ! presentation. EVERY is welcome to attend! Call 208-566-4974 for more inffonation ' 9o,;,5,Co,,00,it00fo, A00A,dA00iw __ Pizza of the month: Basko Fiasco Look what'00 oooking in Peoember, 253-4951 Mon-Thurs 11-8 Daily Soups ....... by Janice cawyer :" 257-3358 year. If any of you would like to be a part of the board and help steer the direc- tion of the senior center, now is the time to let your wishes be known. You can either contact current board chairman John Atteberry, Vice Chairman Jim Rogers or myself for more informa- tion. We held a Swine flu vaccination clinic here at the senior center this past week and over 160 people received their free vaccinations. Thank you to Sandy Harrison from the Lions club for helping me to makesure that things ran smooth- ly and forms were filled out correctly. Thank You to Southwest District Health for providing the vaccinations and Valley Family Health care for providing the personnel to give the shots. I'm out of time to get this into the newspaper so until next time, be well and happy. 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