Citation: 126.696.6 (Full image size: 74Kb)

The Ames Trust & Savings Bank, later to become the First National Bank of Ames, was built on the southeast corner of Kellogg Avenue and Main Street and opened for business on December 6, 1913. Its first buildng was located on the same south side of Main to the east close to the Douglas Avenue corner. The bank, founded by Andrew James Graves in 1903, was originally named the Ames Savings Bank. At its new location, it operated dually as under a national charter as the Ames National Bank and under a state charter as the Ames Trust & Savings Bank. Harris W. Stafford was president of the bank from 1915 until his death in 1942. He was succeeded by his son Clayton W. Stafford who was president from 1942 until 1961. His son, Robert W. Stafford was president from 1968 until his retirement in 1985 (he continued to serve as chairman of the board until 2004). The bank became First National in 1965, moving to new buildings on Fifth and Kellogg in 1942 and to Fifth and Burnett in 1971. This photograph shows a stairway on the side of the bank building (on Kellogg Avenue); it led to a tearoom which operated under the bank. Beyond the bank is seen Tallman Jewelry, owned by Lowell C. Tallmann, a charter member of the Ames Rotary Club. Next to the jewelery shop is a small part of the Fair Store. Parked in front of the bank is a Ford Runabout and beyond it, a Ford Model T touring car. (After the bank moved to its third location, the windows seen here on the first floor of the Kellogg side were bricked in. In December of 1987, the building--then occupied by Ames Stationers--was partially destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt as a one-story building. Today [2005] the building is occupied by the Quilt Connection.

   Citation: 128.704.5-6 (Full image size: 92Kb)

Northeast corner of Main Street, at the Kellogg Avenue corner, before the Odd Fellows Building burned (December, 1917). Carr Hardware is shown in its original location on the north side of Main Street (at left, in the photo). Beyond the hardware store is the tall Odd Fellows Building which also housed the offices of I. J. Scott, attorney, and F. F. Rodgers, real estate agent. The smoke stack from the Ames power plant is seen in the background, thus orienting the photo toward the east. Notice the electric lighting, which was relatively new, on the corner of Kellogg & Main. Horse and cart as well as many automobiles are seen on the street. This photo is the right side of a panoramic (for the left side, see 34.173.1 and 126.696.1-5). (See also: 128.705.1 and 183.1034.4)

   Citation: 135.745.1-3 (Full image size: 43Kb)

Movie actress Anita King's car, the Kissel Kar, parked in front of the Princess Theatre located on the north side of Main Street. Note the wording on the side of the car. One of the Ames pennants given to her by former Mayor Tilden is hanging on the side of the car. Photo taken March 23, 1915. The Princess was at 117 Main Street (The building later was renumbered 115 Main Street.) The sign in the window to the left of the entrance advertised a serial "The Diamond From the Sky" that was appearing each Thursday at the time. A sign on the windshield of the car advanced the cause of Firestone tires. Was this photo taken while Miss King was in the nearby restaurant enjoying a cool root beer before her departure from Ames? She drove next to Des Moines and the following day she was to be in Boone before heading eastward. (See also: 136.747.6)

   Citation: 151.834.1-2 (Full image size: 36Kb)

In 1915, Dragoun Transfer was proud of its teams and moving vans. "The Best Move in Town" was its slogan and it was painted on both sides of the vans. The moving company's headquarters was located just east of today's (1995) Brenton Bank on Main Street. (See also: 151.835.1-3)

   Citation: 152.838.5-6 (Full image size: 83Kb)

The 1915 St.Patrick's Day parade at the Douglas Ave.corner of Main Street, in front of the Union National Bank (northwest corner of Main). The engineering students at Iowa State College paraded each St. Patrick's Day, down to Main Street via either the cinder path or Lincoln Way. St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers. These parades were finally halted after the establishment of VEISHEA and the VEISHEA parade in 1922. (See also: 152.839.1)

   Citation: 181.1020.5 (Full image size: 97Kb)

This photograph, taken from the 1915 time capsule in the corner of the Municipal Building [in 1997, the headquarters of Youth and Shelter Services], shows the south side of Main Street looking east from the Kellogg Avenue corner. The new Ames National Bank is at the right. The Fair Store with the Masonic Lodge in its second floor is the third building from the corner. A streetcar is shown, heading west--overhead is a Chautauqua banner twisted by the wind.

   Citation: 181.1021.1 (Full image size: 108Kb)

Taken from the time capsule in the 1915 Ames Municipal Building, the photo shows Main Street (south side) where intersected by Burnett Avenue. Roberson's new garage is the building on the far right. Next to it is the Olsan Building (1997: Lucullan's restaurant). Across the street to the east is the Frank E. Morris Livery (1997: Big Table Books and the First Edition cafe). Note the Interurban streetcar heading east, coming into town from Des Moines.

   Citation: 181.1021.2 (Full image size: 230Kb)

This is one of the photos placed in the cornerstone of the Ames Municipal Building in 1915. It is part of the Youth & Shelter Services Collection. This photo is looking west and shows the north side of Main Street from the Douglas Avenue corner to the Kellogg Avenue corner. The Union National Bank is the first building on the right. Also visible is the barber pole of the O.K. Barbershop which occupied the basement of the bank building. The Tilden store occupied the next two store fronts. Tilden's was extensively remodeled in 1916. Note the three-story Odd Fellows building near the Kellogg corner; this building burned in 1917. The Sheldon Munn Hotel, on the northwest corner of Kellogg and Main, was not yet built when this photograph was taken. Streetcar tracks are visible in the center of the photo.

   Citation: 183.1034.2 (Full image size: 62Kb)

An architect's perspective of Parley Sheldon's new bank. The bank was on the corner ground floor of the new Sheldon-Munn Hotel which was under construction when the Municipal Building (City Hall) was dedicated in 1915. This photo was retrieved in 1996 from the time capsule, implanted behind the Municipal Building's cornerstone. The building was being renovated for the use of Youth and Shelter Services.

   Citation: 34.173.1 (Full image size: 84Kb)

Southeast corner of Main Street, at the Kellogg Avenue corner, looking east (note the smoke stack of the Ames power plant in the background), showing the south side of Main Street. The Ames National Bank/Ames Trust & Savings Bank (in 1965, after two new buildings, to become the First National Bank) is located at the corner in the right of photo. This was the second location of the bank in Ames. The original bank, founded in 1903 by Andrew James Graves, was located several blocks east on the same south side of Main Street). This new building was opened for service on December 6, 1913. Beyond the bank is Tallman Jewelers (operated by Lowell C. Tallman), then the Fair Store (occupying the double front building). In the upper floor of the Fair building was the Masonic Lodge until 1916 when it moved to its own building on the corner of Fifth Street and Douglas Avenue. Streetcar #287, in the center of photo, was part of the Interurban Railroad system, operated by Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad. Notice the electric lighting, which was relatively new on the corner in front of the bank. Visible on the second floor of the bank is the office of F. H. Waters, dentist. This photo is the left side of a panoramic (for the right side, see 128.704.5-6 and 128.705.1). (See also: 126.696.1-5)

   Citation: 48.238B.2 (Full image size: 60Kb)

It wasn't until 1910 that Ames had its first large-scale florist shop, Olsan's Flowers, which occupied the town's first all-concrete building on the southwest corner of Burnett and Main Streets. Proprietor Frank Olsan's greenhouse was located on north Sheldon Avenue in west Ames. The delivery truck is seen here parked outside that greenhouse. (See Also:48.238B.4; 48.238C.1)


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