BANK OF ASH GROVE, Greene County, Mo., ranks among its banking institutions one that for the past ten years has preserved its integrity and under all circumstances guarded jealously the rights of its depositors and stockholders; maintaining a standard of honorable and fair dealing in no wise inferior to that of sister organizations. Originally the Bank of Ash Grove was established in 1883, with a capital stock of $30,000 and Mr. J. L. Perryman was elected president and J. F. G. Bentley, cashier, Dr. Thomas Doolin being chosen vice-president. Unlike many organizations of its class, the Bank of Ash Grove does not promise results that are beyond the reach of possibility nor does it depend on losses and forfeitures to increase its profits, but aims to treat all with fairness and equity. The organizers of this bank made a careful study of banks of a like character before engaging in the business for them- selves and have embraced all the best features as well as avoided the poor ones in their own venture, features that have been brought to light through the channel of experience. The building in which business is done on such safe principles belongs to the organizers of the bank, and is a handsome one having a frontage of twenty-five feet and is of solid brick, two stories in height. It was put up at a cost of $3,000 and is located on Main Street in Ash Grove. The officers of the bank are the principal stockholders, and Mr. Bentley is president of the Bank of Springfield and is a man of large capital, and is one of the shrewdest financiers of the country. In 1885 the officers of the company were chosen as follows: Mr. Bentley, president; Dr. Doolin, vice-president and Mr. Perryman, cashier. Dr. Doolin is an exceptionally prominent and successful physician and Mr. Perryman is one of the leading business men of Ash Grove. Through upright and strictly honorable business dealings the bank has a large amount of deposits and only loans money on personal securities. Such an institution is a credit to the city as well, as to the men who founded it, and deserves continued success at the hands of the citizens of Greene County.
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