Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Farmers State Bank
Dr. Steve Nelson, an academic colleague at the University of Great Falls (Montana), was fond of positing, "Why reinvent the wheel?" whenever faced with repetitious tasks. Sound advice, this is. (Writing like Yoda in Star Wars, I am.) So I link one of our website handouts.
Therein lies the tale of the Farmers State Bank, once a pivotal commercial landmark of Mooresville, Indiana, but, alas, this fine institution succumbed to the Great Depression. The building still stands, fortunately, at the heart of downtown--the Main and Indiana Street intersection. This is arguably the highest ground upon which the town is situated. Founder Samuel Moore, as noted Mooresville historian Wanda Potts said, had the supreme good sense to plat the town on high ground to avoid flooding from nearby White Lick Creek.
More from Wanda later. She was the Indiana Room librarian at Mooresville Public Library (1966-2002) and is the greatest living authority on our local history. She knows everything about this community's history, and what she doesn't know, never happened. (If it happened, she remembers. It's amazing, really.) You wouldn't be reading this blog right now (assuming, of course, that you're here, reading it) if it weren't for her dedication to preserving Mooresville's past.