This is my dear friend Dave Johnson. On Tuesday there was a surprise celebration for him at Maquoketa State Bank before the bank opened. The occasion was to mark his 50 years in banking. Dave is semi-retired and works at the bank two days a week but as he loves to say he’s 24/7 and always looking to help others with their financial needs.
So about 70 folks who work at the bank gathered in the main lobby waited for Dave to show up. He was not there at his normal time because he didn’t have a meeting that morning so he decided to have an extra cup of coffee. 🙂
I met Dave my first week on the job over 17 years ago and it was an immediate friendship. Dave truly is one of a kind and he has done so much good for the people of the communities the bank serves.
Congratulations my friend!
Enjoy your day and be careful.
It is a poignant moment when something that has been around for a long time finally comes to an end. It carries so many emotions with it and most of them are not pleasant. That was today as we closed the small branch bank in Charlotte, Iowa. It could no longer be justified financially and it was long over due to be closed. Never the less it is always a sad thing to do.
The memories in this old bank are beyond the scope of my ramblings today. Some of the original equipment and ornate materials from the beginning are still there. Other places there is the freshness of a retro fit some few years past.
So it was at 4:00 p.m. today the little bank in the little town closed its doors for the last time and as the money was counted down the and the vault sealed. One can only wonder what fate awaits this stately old building.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.