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dry goods store; and the Terrill Bank was established by Taylor &and Ewert.
The firm of Sharkey & McNary opened a hardware store. Soon, however,
a period of depression came to the new community, when the inflated
Manitoba & Gulf Railroad Company was punctured and all the
wind let out. The men who had established business in Terrill became
discouraged and several of them moved away, while others stuck grimly
to their guns and waited for better times to come, displaying a courage
which had its merited reward.
The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad was built through the township
in 1899 and Terrill was made a station upon the line. The first survey
had been a little to the east of Terrill, missing the town, but eventually
the officials decided to swing farther west and take in that community.
Mr. Taylor, the town proprietor, donated the right of way through the
land in which he was interested.
This road in operation, Terrill began a new life and quickly grew to
a town of civic excellence, prosperous business conditions and attractive
appearance. The old buildings were renovated and many new ones
erected. Terrill is now one of the busiest towns in Dickinson County.
Two banks are doing business here, a sufficient testimony to the
conditions here. The First National Bank was established in 1899 and
now has a capital stock of $25,000; a surplus of $8,000, and deposits of
over $150,000. H. H. Buck is the president of the institution; A. W.
Bascom, vice president; C. C. Gravatt, cashier; and E. J. Starkey,
The Terrill Savings Bank was established here in 1905. A. W.
Bascom is the president; H. H. Buck, vice president; L. A. Boon, cashier;
and Donald Scott, assistant cashier. The capital stock amounts to
$10,000, and the deposits about $50,000.
The town of Terrill was incorporated in 1899 and Howard Everett
was elected the first mayor. D. M. Shaffer was the first postmaster.
The town of Montgomery is a small village located on Section 34,
Diamond Lake Township, on the Rock Island Railroad. This village was
started with the railroad, but has never grown to the extent of the other
towns along the line.
One bank is located here ‐ the Bank of Montgomery, established in
1901. C. E. Narey is the president and B. A. Webb the cashier. There
is a capital stock of $5,000; a surplus of $4,000, and deposits amounting
Other towns in Dickinson County, too small to merit detailed description
are: Orleans, Okoboji and Hagerty. The first two are prominent as summer
resorts and are mentioned elsewhere as such.