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Greenville in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Greenville Building and Loan Association

 
 
Greenville Building and Loan Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 17, 2018
1. Greenville Building and Loan Association Marker
Inscription.   This financial institution was chartered by the state of Texas on December 17, 1886, as the Greenville Building and Loan Association. The formation of the association came as a second railroad line was constructed to Greenville, signaling the future of Hunt County Seat as an important center for trade and commerce.

The original directors were Thomas Jefferson Gee, I. Popper, Ira D. Wyse, T. E. Byrd, Ephraim W. Briscoe, Frank P. Alexander, and Asher Mandelbaum. Many of the first directors and stockholders were individuals who had migrated to Greenville and became active leaders in its early development. Their belief in the town's potential was reflected in the establishment of the association, the second oldest continuing thrift institution in the state.

In the mid-1930s, during the height of the nation's economic depression, the directors successfully converted the association to a federal mutual savings and loan institution. Renamed Centennial Savings Bank in 1983, when it became a federally-chartered savings bank, the institution has continued to reflect the community support advocated by its founders.
 
Erected
Greenville Building and Loan Association Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 17, 2018
2. Greenville Building and Loan Association Marker Area
1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7795.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 33° 8.403′ N, 96° 6.616′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Texas, in Hunt County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Street (State Highway 302 Spur) and Oak Street, on the left when traveling east on Lee Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 Lee St, Greenville TX 75401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Greenville Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Christian Church (about 600 feet away); Hunt County's First Railroad (about 600 feet away); 1929 Hunt County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hunt County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Phillips Field/Majors Stadium (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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