December 7, 2010 at 12:48 am (Uncategorized, Historic Businesses)
Tags: B.P. Jones, Bank of Douglas, Bank of Ray's Mill, Berrien County GA, Charles Oscar Terry, Citizens Bank of Ray City, Cr. Tidwell, Elmo Tanner, F. Willis Dart, Frank Fountain, G.W. Varn, H. P. Clements, Harmon E. Gaskins, Hod P. Clements, J. F. Sutton, J.H.Swindle, J.S. Swindle, John D. Luke, Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson, Joseph Wallace Johnson, L.M. Marshall, Lawson Fountain, M.T. Bradford, R.M. Green, Ray City GA, Ray City News, Ray's Mill, W.H.E. Terry, Yancey F. Carter
The Citizens Bank of Ray City was among the first businesses to advertise in the town’s newspaper, The Ray City News, when it began circulation in 1929.
The Citizens Bank, Ray City, GA – 1929 newspaper advertisement from the Ray City News
In a newspaper clipping from the Jan 3, 1929 issue of the Ray City News the stockholders of the Citizens Bank of Ray City were pleased with the financial reports.
Ray City News
Ray City, GA
January 3, 1929
Bank Stockholders Hold Annual Meet
The stockholders of the Citizens Bank of Ray City held their annual meeting on December 18th – illegible text -
Examination of the – illegible text – well pleased at the report.
The same officers and directors were elected for the new year.
In 1929, the Citizens Bank of Ray City, was optimistically advertising for new depositors.
When the stock market crashed, the bank managed to remain in business. In fact, in July of 1930, the Atlanta Constitution reported that the banks of Berrien County, including the Ray City bank were financially sound. But by the end of December 1930 the Citizens Bank of Ray City had failed.
MORE BANKS CLOSED IN SOUTHERN STATES
New York Times. Dec 21, 1930.
ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 20 (AP) – A. B. Mobley, State Superintendent of Banks, announced today his department had been asked to take over the affairs of the Union Banking Company of Douglas, operating branches at Barxton and Nichols, the Toombs County Bank at Lyons and the Citizens Bank of Ray City. Cause of the closings was not stated
“After that bank failed other banks were opened but they all suffered from the nation’s economic troubles and none were successful. Until, in 1949, H.P. Clements opened a private bank and named it the Bank of Ray City. It was a state chartered bank operated by Mr. Clements and his son-in-law, Lawson Fountain. In later years Mr. Clements was forced to retire due to ill health. ”
Bank of Ray City
- The Bank of Ray City in 1972. In 1973 the bank was acquired by the Citizens Bank of Nashville. Georgia, and is now the Ray City office of that bank. The old bank building pictured above has since been demolished.
June 22, 2010 at 1:43 am (Historic Businesses, Terry Family, Uncategorized)
Tags: B.P. Jones, Bank of Douglas, Bank of Ray's Mill, Benjamin Perry Jones, Berrien County GA, C.L. Smith, Charles Lee Jones, Clarence L. Smith, Coffee County GA, Cr. Tidwell, Douglas GA, Elmo Tanner, F. Willis Dart, J. F. Sutton, J.B. Griffin, J.H.Swindle, J.S. Swindle, Lowndes County GA, M.T. Bradford, Philip Cook, R.M. Green, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, W.H.E. Terry, William Henry Edward Terry
Follow-up on Ray City Banking. See more Ray City History at http://raycity.pbworks.com/
News of the granting of a state charter to the Bank of Rays Mill was published in the Atlanta Georgian and News, Apr. 28, 1911 — page 3:
Atlanta Georgian and News, Apr. 28, 1911 — page 3
CHARTERS ARE GRANTED OF TWO STATE BANKS
Institutions at Douglas and Rays Mill Are Granted Permits To Do Business
Two banks were granted charters and another put in its application to Philip Cook, secretary of state, Friday morning.
A charter was granted to the Bank of Douglas, Coffee county, capitalized at $50,000, with the following incorporators: Cr. Tidwell, F. Willis Dart, Elmo Tanner, all of Coffee county.
The Bank of Rays Mill was chartered with a capital stock of $25,000, and another financial institution to Berrien county. The following are the incorporators: J.S. Swindle, J.H. Swindle, M.T. Bradford, W.H.E. Terry, R.M. Green, and J. F. Sutton, all of Berrien county, and B.P. Jones, C.L. Jones, C.L. Smith, and J.B. Griffin, of Lowndes county.