Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan: A look at Bank of Indianola then and now



JULY 1919

LOCAL AND PERSONAL; Forrest G. Cooper, lawyer, attended Federal Court in Clarksdale this week. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Duncan of Inverness were Indianola visitors this week.

AD: The customers of the Bank of Indianola are among the leaders of our business community. A check drawn on the Bank of Indianola tells of leadership, sound policies, financial integrity and success.


JULY 1969

Two Indianola boys, John Early, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Early and Robin Hurt, son of Dr. and Mrs. Neal Hurt are attending a month long stay at Ozark Boys Camp in Ida, Arkansas.

EDITORIAL BY MICHAEL SCHULLER: I understand there has been some protest of the astronauts reading of the Bible while while the moon landing was being broadcast live nationwide.

We have had the impression of heaven being “up”. This being the case and they being closer to heaven than I, I cannot disagree with the reading of the best seller of all time.

A Mississippi born physician, Colonel John T. Bradley, brother of Mrs. Frank Baker of Indianola, and Mrs. T. C. Kincade of Moorhead has been named the Commanding Officer of the United States Army Hospital in Ord, Oklahoma.

Sherman Christian Stauffer, 54, died July 26 at the South Sunflower County Hospital. He was Executive Assistant to the President of Mississippi Delta Junior College.


JULY 1994

The Indianola Jr. Tennis Team coached by Fred Myles is composed of Henry Gantz, Lex Williams, Rachael Ammons, Lane Atchley, Paige Peyton, Will Jacobs, Elizabeth Dezell. Parker Reynolds, Ward William, Hall Roberts, Robert Kent, Katherine Gantz, Ray Betts and Robert Nobile.

Three Gentry High School students recently recorded a rap single and are hoping for a hit. Curtis White, Ernest Turner, and Edmond Brown, all 16, signed a recording contract in May

INVERNESS NEWS BY MRS. ROBERT WARREN: Mary Pratt of Greenville and Midge Jefcoat of Shaw visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Jones of Caile for several days last week.


JULY 2004

IN THE LOOKING BACK SECTION OF 1959: E. E. Britt came into the office on Thursday morning, July 29 with an open boll of pure white cotton. He had the prize all wrapped up in tissue paper.

FRONT PAGE ARTICLE BY DAVID RUSHING: No decision has been made yet about filing arson charges against two Sunflower County Jail inmates who set fires to their mattresses. Chief Deputy Jim McFadden said it was done in protest for being in lockdown.

Major Aspects of the Local Civil Rights Struggle will be the subject of special events starting next Thursday at the Henry Seymour Library.

The award-winning documentary by Constance Curry will be shown.



The Bank of Indianola was thriving in 1919 and then in 1939, the Indianola Bank was chartered and opened for business in July of 1940.

The bank opened in the Bank of Indianola location and was a branch of Planters Bank and Trust Company in Ruleville. Herman Moore came to Indianola from Ruleville as Cashier and Vice-President of the Indianola Bank. At the death of Oscar Levingston, Moore was made President of the system.

The rest is banking history in the Mississippi Delta. With the leadership of Moore, Ted Borodofsky, Henry Paris and Jimmy Clayton Planters Bank now serves fifteen communities in nineteen locations.


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