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Bank draws on past

September 08, 2000

Bank draws on past



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - When Norma Itnyre first went into banking, she canceled each check by hand and knew some of her customers so well that she accepted their deposits on the street if she happened to pass them.

That was small-town banking in Boonsboro in the 1950s.

The check-cancelling stamp that Itnyre used was among dozens of souvenirs from the old Boonsboro Bank on display Friday for the 20th anniversary of the bank's merger with Hagerstown Trust.

Bank employees recently brought the mementos out of storage on an upstairs floor of the building. Some dated back to the bank's founding in 1901.

Itnyre and other bank retirees joined the anniversary party Friday.

One of the artifacts, an 1894 color plaque made for the local chapter of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, was donated to the Boonsborough Museum of History.

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Museum owner Doug Bast said his family's cabinet-making business probably made the frame for the plaque.

"It really shows you how tightly connected a community can be," said Hagerstown Trust spokesman David Barnhart.

No one is sure how the plaque ended up at the bank, although Bast speculated one of the bank directors may have been a founder of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, a fraternal organization of working-class people.

"It's a beautiful plaque," said Bast, who plans to clean up the piece for display at his museum, open Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. May through September, or by appointment.

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