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• Fifty Years Ago - March, 1959 •

The Years Press Onward

A new bank was built on Louis Reoux's tennis court next to his house in 1926. In 1959, at the seventy-fifth anniversary of the bank, Albert L. Emerson, grandson of the founder, was president, Howard W. Savage was vice president and John R. Countryman was head cashier. The hospitable, friendly staff included C. Elizabeth Sprague, Mary Andrews, Patrica Southwick, Nelson L. Meader, Mildred Balosie, George C. Wood, Annie Webster, Lena Lillibridge, Nina Harpp, Paul L. Griffin and Clifford Hall.

President Fred DeVries, of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce said, "We wish for 'our bank' another 75 years of success and service, knowing that its progress is a measure of the growth and prosperity of our entire community." On May 22, 1967 The Emerson National Bank of Warrensburg and its Luzerne-Hadley branch became the State Bank of Albany.

Moving on Through Time

Here we are, one hundred and twenty five years after Albert Cilley Emerson realized his dream of establishing his own bank. In 2009 the bank is still there but today it is known as the Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Dennis Martinez is Branch Manager. In my mind I can still see teller George Wood, in his neat pinstripe suit and tie, behind the first teller cage just as he looked fifty years ago.

A while back Warrensburgh Historical Society President Delbert Chambers and I got together and composed a photo display of past history of the bank which was displayed in the main lobby there. It was a labor of love for both of us. Delbert did extensive research on the bank and wrote several fine articles on its history. The Emerson family, who did so very much to shape the town of Warrensburgh, must never be forgotten.

Trouble on the Highway

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