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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

The description on the photo used for the May page in the Enterprise’s quasquicentennial calendar simply said “Phillips County Bank,” which Enterprise staff is hoping refers to the Phillips County State Bank in Holyoke.

If this is, in fact, that bank, a new building was constructed at the southeast corner of the Denver/Interocean intersection (currently the Lions Club Mini Park north of Scheunemann’s), and perhaps this is a photograph of that new building! Opening day at the new up-to-date bank building was Dec. 3, 1910.

Early newspapers said the room occupied by the bank was fitted with all the modern fixtures and had two fire- and burglar-proof vaults, one containing the safety deposit boxes accessible from the main room or lobby and the other used by the bank proper and only accessible from “behind the bars.” The building was described as being electric lighted and hot water heated and was very handsomely finished throughout. Other areas of the building included office rooms, a barber shop in the basement and a lodge in the upper story.

The main Holyoke intersection was dominated by banks in the early 1900s, with the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the southwest corner and the Citizens State Bank in the northwest corner.

In February 1978, the Phillips County State Bank building (then Ralph’s Bar) burned and was gutted in a fire.

If anyone has more information about this photo, please contact the Enterprise office!

Holyoke Enterprise May 16, 2013