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          William H. Kent served in the capacity of cashier of the bank for a number of years.  He was a good businessman, a friend of both rich and poor, and kind and helpful in many quiet ways to those who were lonely or in dire circumstances.  His integrity, judgment and industry are not better exemplified than by the fact that all depositors at the time of the bank's closing have long since received payment in full.

          In 1901, an attempt was made to rob the Citizens Savings Bank, though the robbers were not very successful.  They also looted Conrad Greif's blacksmith shop of all the tools they wanted and broke into S. H. Goodwin's real estate office.  They made their get away on a hand car which they stole from the railroad car barn.  The hand car was abandoned south of Perry but no trace of the burglars was found.

          In 1920, the fire at the D. E. Hoff home shortly after midnight, and the ringing of the fire bell at that time may have frightened bank robbers from Citizens Savings Bank.  A man who passed the bank about midnight heard a noise inside which sounded like a heavy piece of metal dropped to the floor.  Cashier W. H. Kent was notified and went to investigate but found nothing disturbed, although a window was open through which someone could have entered.  Before Mr. Kent arrived, a big automobile was reportedly seen standing in the alley, but it disappeared when the fire bell rang.



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