“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mason in Mason County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Commercial Bank

The Commercial Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 17, 2020
1. The Commercial Bank Marker
Inscription.  German immigrant Anna Mebus (1843-1925) came to Texas in 1858 and married her merchant cousin, Karl Martin (1828-1879), in 1859. After his death she continued to operate their Mason store and post office, and by the 1880s was handling the cash of area ranchers. In 1901 she helped establish and became president of The Commercial Bank, opened with $3,000 capital. Before a bank building was acquired in 1903, cash was taken home at night. Her sons, Charles (1861-1940) and Max (1863-1941), served as bank officers and helped coin the bank's motto, "Safety-Service-Silence." The family operated the bank until 1958.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11270.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 30° 44.924′ N, 99° 13.993′ W. Marker is in Mason, Texas, in Mason County. Marker is at the intersection of Moody Street and Fort McKavett Street (U.S. 87)
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, on the right when traveling south on Moody Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Moody Street, Mason TX 76856, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hofmann Dry Goods Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Mason County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodism in Mason County (about 500 feet away); Mason County Jail (about 500 feet away); Holmes & Bierschwale Law and Land Office (about 600 feet away); Fort Mason & Camp Llano C.S.A. (about 700 feet away); Mason National Bank (about 700 feet away); First Comanche-German Meeting (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mason.
The Commercial Bank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 17, 2020
2. The Commercial Bank
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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