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Palmetto State Bank Robbery

 
 
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By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
1. Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
Constructed in 1907, this building originally housed Farmers and Merchants Bank. IN 1934 the newly formed Palmetto State Bank opened here. On Sept. 5, 1934 the bank was robbed by three armed men. The bank had larger than normal deposits on hand because it was the height of tobacco marketing season and the group stole a reported $114,082. Frank English and his wife Geneva were the only people tried for the crime.
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At trial it was alleged that English was an associate of George "Baby Face" Nelson, and that the notorious criminal was involved in the crime, but that was never proven. Frank English was sentenced to 25 years and Geneva English received one year as an accessory. Palmetto State failed due to the robbery, but depositors were repaid by the newly established FDIC. It was the first time an FDIC insured bank had closed in S.C.
 
Erected 2014 by Lynches Lake Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-42.)
 
Location. 33° 52.381′ N, 79° 45.281′ W. Marker is in Lake City, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street
Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
2. Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker
(Business U.S. 378) and North Acline Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Main Street, Lake City SC 29560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. H.H. Singletary Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake City (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church Street/Main Street (about 700 feet away); W.T. Askins House (approx. mile away); Whitehead Infirmary (approx. mile away); Greater St. James A.M.E. Church (approx. mile away); Browntown (approx. 8.2 miles away); Cooper's Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
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Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
3. Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker
Original bank building
Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
4. Palmetto State Bank Robbery Marker
View from building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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