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Last Week’s Reveal: In 1970, First State Bank outgrew its main facility at Front and Oak, opening an Eastside facility at 719 Harkrider. This picture is of the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place.
Thomas G. Wilson, co-founder and president of the bank, is holding the ribbon of money on the right side as Jim Watson holds the other side. Miss Conway Rosemary Neff cut the ribbon. Several of the tellers who worked at this branch are pictured along the side. From the left, they are: Vernetta Nutter, Burnell Terry, Kathy Davis, Meloise Lyford and Brenda Hester (in back).
In 1984, a new three-story brick structure would be built at 719 Harkrider and this building was removed to Dave Ward Drive. That same year, First State Bank became Worthen National Bank of Conway. After going through several mergers/sales the bank eventually became Bank of America. Home Bancshares, holding company for Centennial Bank, now occupies the entire building.
This building was moved again in recent years to a location on the east side of I-40 at Mayflower. It appears to be vacant at this time.
These photographs, as well as the photograph of the Moore gin in last week’s History Mystery, are part of the P-4 Faulkner County Historical Society’s permanent photo collection and are courtesy of FCHS held by UCA Archives. My apologies to UCA Archives for not providing the photo credits last week.
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