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Groom in Carson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

State National Bank

 
 
State National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
1. State National Bank Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1904 as a private bank by John Walter Knorpp (1867-1952), member of an established banking family of Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, and Eugene Sherwood Blasdel (1878-1930), oil and grain business developer of this region. In 1905 Blasdel sold his interest to Knorpp. A state charter was obtained in 1908, but surrendered in 1926 for national charter.

Patronage from diligent, thrifty early settlers advanced the career of this bank. On its Board of Directors have been members of the pioneer Britten, Fields, Fraser, Harrell, Johnson, Krizan, Slay, and Steele families. I. C. Unsell was cashier from 1908 to 1932.

Cecil Culver (born 1903), who came to the bank in 1929 as assistant cashier, purchased the controlling interest from Knorpp and became president in 1951.

Adjusting to the crises in the region, State National Bank weathered the panic of 1907, the adversities of the 1930s Dust Bowl, two World Wars, and other national and international experiences. It continues to bolster the cattle, grain, oil, beef feedlot, and other agribusiness interests, and the cultural facilities of Groom and surrounding area.
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Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5101.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
 
Location. 35° 12.091′ N, 101° 6.481′ W. Marker is in Groom, Texas, in Carson County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and West 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Marker is on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Groom TX 79039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Charles L. Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Groom (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Goodnight (approx. 12.2 miles away); Charles Goodnight (approx. 12.4 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 12˝ miles away); Site of Old Goodnight Ranch (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
State National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
2. State National Bank Marker
State National Bank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
3. State National Bank
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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