1898 ROBBERY of the STATE BANK of Ellsworth
It was a hot summer night in 1898 that the State Bank of Ellsworth was robbed of $1,500. The two well-dressed men who robbed the bank had already eaten the evening meal with Mattie's family, the John Ringstad family 3/4 mile south of Ellsworth. After visiting with the family for a while, the men had rested in a nearby field until total darkness.
After robbing the bank, they caught the eastbound midnight train to Gifford, Iowa. There they sought lodging at the hotel. After the men had been apprehended, the $1,500 in a cigar box was found under the bed.
A 1905 Photo of the west side of the Main Street Business Block
The west side of Ellsworth's Main Street in 1909
Another 1909 view of the Bank in Ellsworth
1910 view of Ellsworth Main Street
Another 1910 view looking North at Ellsworth's Main Street
This is what the West side of Main Steet looked like in about 1913.
This 1920 photo shows Main Street, headed by the Bank building.
Ellsworth's Main Street looked busy in the mid-1920s with lots of
power cables and some cars.
1926 - Postcard view of Ellsworth Main Street
Ellsworth Main Street close to the old Bank Building was paved in 1950.
This 1955 advertisement for the Ellsworth Farmers State Bank ran in The Ellsworth News.
In the mid 60s, the old Bank building, seen at the left, had a sign
that said, Laundry Cleaning Villiage.