"New bank opens in Chugiak"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 19:00
From the Knik Arm Courier, Dec. 12, 1965

A long awaited and much needed service was made available to the residents of the Greater Chugiak Area with the opening of the Eagle River Branch of the First National Bank of Anchorage this week.

The new branch is located in the addition to the Eagle River Shopping Center, and offers complete banking services.

Manager of the new branch is Tom Wharton, of Anchorage, with Lois Nicolet, who resides at the Shady Lane subdivision in the Muldoon Area, as his secretary.

Other members of the bank staff are all local residents and familiar faces to most of the customers at the new Branch. Tellers are Margaret Crowley, of Eagle River, and Betty Wolford, of Fire Lake. Ada Stephens, who lives in Old Chugiak, is the bookkeeper.

For the remainder of this week, the new bank is observing its Grand Opening and serving coffee and doughnuts. Also as a special inducement to all those who open an account at the new branch, a Polaris Snow-Traveler Colt is being offered as a prize, with the drawing scheduled for January 7th. Anyone opening an account prior to that date is eligible for a chance to win this prize.

Banking hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with the exception of Thursdays when hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

A night depository and mail teller service are also available for the convenience of the depositors.


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706.

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