The commercial, industrial and agricultural interests of Cherokee County are firmly supported by her banks, which, in turn, are backed by men whose commercial standing and rating is such as insures their impregnable stability. The records of these men stand out conspicuously among those whose energy, industry and capital are fast making Cherokee one of the foremost counties of Kansas. The American National Bank of Baxter Springs is one of those institutions of which the term, "solidity," is a dominant characteristic, and as one of Cherokee County's bulwarks of strength and integrity, stands out clearly as a tangible guarantee of the soundness of her institutions and the integrity of her citizenship.


  Conspicuous prominence is maintained in the field of structural enterprise by the Baxter Sheet Metal & Heating Company, located at 1528 Eleventh street. This establishment is devoted to the manufacture of sheet metal products and to sanitary plumbing. In the sheet metal department they have the best of facilities and make a specialty of cornice work, skylights, ridge roll, cresting, ventilators and all kinds of sheet metal products essential to building and repair work. Highgrade heating equipment is installed in homes, business houses and offices, and every job is of such a satisfactory character as to

American National Bank Building

With total resources of $416,977.92, capital stock, $50,000.00, surplus and undivided profits, $6,986.74, and DEPOSITS of $307,761.50, it ranks with the greatest financial institutions to be found in the smaller cities of the State. It transacts a legitimate banking business in all its departments and offers to the local public every service consistent with modern methods. It is directed and controlled by men whose conservative policies insure the most perfect safety of all finances entrusted to their keeping, as well as the continued prosperity of the institution itself. Its home is a substantial, two-story structure, located at the corner of 12th Street and Military Avenue. It is equipped with one of the best systems of fire and burglar-proof safes and vaults to be found in this section, while the fixtures are made of highly polished marble and bronze, and the floor is laid with tile.
  The officers are L. L. Cardin, President; W. T. Apple, Vice President; J. B. Taylor, Cashier, and R. C. Gibson, Asisstant[sic] Cashier. Additional Directors. are J. H. Boswell, W. H. Aul, and Otis Everett. All are widely and favorably known in this section and have contributed much toward the development of Baxter Springs and surrounding country. This bank was organized in November, 1917, and since that time it has had a remarkably successful record of growth and expansion. Its statement of June 30, 1922, showed total deposits of $138,394.95. At this writing they are $307,761.50.
be a standing advertisement in their favor. This firm is now in the sixth year of its career and from the first it has not only been one of the leaders in this line in this section, but has also enjoyed an enviable reputation for square dealing. This business is under the capable management of J. C. Stelzner. He knows this line in all its details, is courteous and painstaking and takes a pride in the material and civic betterment of the community.


  It has been Mr. Opperman's privilege to witness almost every stage of the development of Baxter Springs, and not only to watch this development, but to be a power in promoting it has been his privilege and pleasure. He came to this community in the early days and has been established in the harness and saddlery business here for more than fifty-two years. He has probably been in business continuously longer than any other man in the State. Mr. Opperman is a dealer in harness, saddlery and horse goods of every description; also does harness repairing. He is an expert in this line and guarantees all his work to give satisfaction. Mr. Opperman is widely known throughout the district and has contributed much toward the upbuilding of this city and section.
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