Category Archives: National Bank Notes (Issued)

Washington Territory – The Ellensburgh National Bank

The Ellensburgh National Bank, Territory of Washington (3867) was chartered on 4/14/1888 and liquidated on 7/18/1896.

Austin Mires [VP] (1852-1936) was Vice-President of the bank from its opening in 1888 until 1894. Mires was also an attorney (Michigan State Law, 1882) and Chief Clerk of the Oregon State Senate (1882-1883). He began a private practice in 1883 and was elected Ellensburgh’s first Mayor in 1886. Mires was Prosecuting Attorney for Kittitas County (1904-1907), Ellensburgh City Attorney (7 terms), and the Ellensburgh Treasurer (3 terms).

Ralph Kauffman [Cash] (1860-1943) received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1886 and that same year opened loan and trust company in Portland, Oregon. In 1888 he organized the Ellensburgh National Bank and was Cashier for two years. In 1890 Kauffman began practicing law and in 1907 he was appointed to the Superior Court where he remained until 1916. He served as City Attorney for two terms and was Chairman of the Kittitas County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Alabama – The Merchants and Planters National Bank of Montgomery

The Merchants and Planters National Bank of Montgomery, Alabama (2029) was chartered on 8/19/1872 and liquidated on 5/19/1903. They issued $383,650 in Original, Series of 1875, and 1882 Brown Backs. In 1910 $4,630 remained outstanding. Signed by Thomas B. Jordan (Pres) and Robert Goldthwaite (Cash). Two notes are reported in the census. This is the only Original or Series of 1875 $20 known for the state.

South Dakota – American National Bank of Deadwood

The American National Bank of Deadwood, South Dakota (4983)
Chartered on December 29th, 1894 and liquidated in June of 1905 this was one of four banks in town. They issued 2,905 sheets of 10-10-10-20 Series of 1882 Brown Backs. This addition to the census doubles the count of notes known on the bank. The only other example is, I believe, a serial number 1 BB which resides in the Higgins Museum.

Washington – The Citizens National Bank of Dayton

The Citizens National Bank of Dayton, Washington (#4473) UNIQUE for Bank
Chartered on November 24th, 1890 and liquidated on March 3rd, 1899, this bank issued 680 sheets of 10-10-10-20 Series of 1882 Brown Backs. There was $440 reported outstanding in 1910.
This is the third #1 BB known on the state of Washington (all are $10’s). Signed by Gustavus A. Parker (Pres) and William David Perkins (Cash).

Cecil B. deMille on a National Bank Note

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The Commercial National Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles, CA (#6864) was chartered in 1903 and closed in 1927. It is not a rare bank with 55 notes reported in the census (www.nbncensus.com).  What makes this note particularly rare (one of two known) is the Vice-President who signed the note: Cecil Blount deMille.

Cecil Blount deMille was born August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. He made his acting debut on stage in New York (1900) and in 1913 formed a partnership with Jesse Lasky and Samuel Goldwyn founding the Lasky Film Company, later known as Paramount Pictures. His film production credits include The King of Kings (Director, 1927), The Ten Commandments (Director, 1923), The Greatest Show on Earth (Producer, 1952), The War of the Worlds (Executive Producer, 1953), The Ten Commandments (Director & Narrator, 1956), and he played himself in Sunset Boulevard (1950). deMille was a co-founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During his career he directed and produced over 80 films.

deMille signed the illustrated note in his capacity as Chairman and Vice-President of motion picture loans for the bank.