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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - January 11, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than 14 circulation vol. Lxii. No. 2. Des m01nes, Iowa january 11, 1917. Whole no. 3092 How the manner in which Small town Banks stalled a Public drinking Fountain directly in officials of the Wellington Missouri Bank but May be of practical service to Farmers front of the Bank providing accommodations for they thought up a novel plan and Are getting in ways other than directly financial is Man and horse both so that on a hot Day the Good results therefrom. On a conspicuous place Well exemplified by reports which come Farmers drive first of All to the Farmers Bank on the Wall of the Bank directly opposite the from Wellington mo., and Rippey Iowa to water their team and then the entire family wicket where the deposits Are taken in and the in the one place the Bank serves the Farmers troops indoors to secure another Supply of read checks cashed they installed a Large bulletin by providing Library facilities in the other a ing matter or to rest while others shop. Board upon which Are written free of charge bulletin Board service is maintained which is of the Farmers Bank has been in existence Only the wants of the Farmer patrons of the Bank inestimable value and convenience to the farm four years., yet already on a capital Stock of and the things they have for Sale it May be ers roundabout. When the farm that John Smith finding Winter ers Bank of Wellington was established four years ago its offi cers looked around to see How Best they could serve the Community and their patrons. Wellington is a typically prosperous Little town of 800 population dependent upon the farming sections for its Wel fare. For some unknown reason Andrew Carnegie had overlooked it in his distribution of free Public libraries. The new Bankers pro posed to Supply this deficiency. Accordingly they set apart a Sec Tion of the Bank As a Public Library installing up to Date Library fixtures and a Well selected Library of 900 volumes. Realizing that the Library must Cater to All needs and All members of the family a wide selection was made ranging from classical fiction biography and works of reference to present Day novels juveniles poetry and adventure. Announcement was made that the Library was free to the patrons of the Bank whether they lived in town or country. All that was necessary was to sign a card promising to make Good any dam or loss then books would be coming on desires to buy a base Burner and does not wish to get a new one. He simply remarks to the Rippey banker that he wishes he could find a second hand stove and the want is made Manifest on the bulletin Board. Perhaps a Day or two later some Farmer or some townsman dropping into the Bank sees this notice on the Board. He has a stove for Sale. A moment later the Deal is closed Over the Telephone. The Man who wants the base Burner has secured a bar gain the Man who had one he did not need has realized ready Cash. The Bank has profited by the Friendship of both men. But there Are other Farmers around Rippey who have other needs and the bulletin Board serves them likewise. They May need a few Corn huskers. Their names Are written Down and it is not Long As a Rule before their wants Are supplied. One Day a few weeks ago a representative of the Iowa Home Stead was in the Rippey savings Bank and Here Are a few of the things he found written on the bul Letin Board for the Benefit of the for male hog thoroughbred for Bay driving horse weight bulletin Board of the Rippey savings Bank. Issued to be kept two weeks As is done in pub 000 it has accumulated surplus and undivided Bank s patrons that particular Day he libraries the country Over. The Community profits of the cashier or. H. E. Neese which had never had any Library facilities be says our Bank was organized and opened Bie in Ems horse Dou fore was Quick to appreciate the service and september 12, 1912, and our Success has been people began to. Flock to the Farmers Bank for due mainly to these methods of advertising and their Reading Supply. It was not Long before serving the people in a Way that will not Only Coith Ukkest r Ingram they got into the habit of bringing their Money Appeal to them but do one Man. E. H. Weiker one Man s. L. Wilson and passbook with them. The Library proved the officials of the Rippey Iowa savings two men j w Thompson. Such a Success the Bank shortly afterwards Bank did not spend As much Money As did the the Bank s bulletin Board has taken the place added a Reading room and. Rest room. Today fully sixty periodicals and monthlies a Fly newspapers farm papers and All kinds of journals Are kept on file in the Reading room which is free to the Public and Well supplied with comfortable leather chairs where own people and Farmers alike May sit and read As Long As they choose. To add to its convenience the Reading room is sup plied with desk and writing materials. Over in one Corner is a sort of lounging place where checker boards Are supplied and is the exciting game that is played Between the Champe ens of town and country with the banker prof iting by having the people brought there. As though this were not enough the Bank did two other popular things it set aside practically the entire second floor As a sort of comic Unity Center calling it the i Farmers theater and giving it free for All manner of Public entertainments. Last Spring it in the Farmers Bank of Wellington. Of the want and column of a daily newspaper and the Farmer patrons appreciate it highly. Likewise the Bank profits for the Board makes friends and brings Trade. This same Bank is in the habit of holding an annual Corn show buying the prize winning exhibits for a Good Price. The Best ears Are kept hanging on the Wall until they Are supplanted by the next year s prize winners. The interest thus aroused is already Evi Dent in the increased yield and the improved strains to be found in the country roundabout. The Banks of the county in which Rippey is located contribute a year each to the salary of the county agent finding it a Good investment for As the Farmers Prosper and their earn Ings increase so do Bank deposits and Bank Prosperity grow. The Farmer and banker Are partners nowadays working arduously for each others Good. The results Are to be found in larger deposits and a More Friendly spirit prevailing generally bringing Farmer and banker still closer together

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