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[Community Bank],   p. 39 PDF (317.9 KB)

Page 39

he first use of the building now known as
-ommunity Bank was the Edwards Bros.
MIercantile Store. Will and Frank Edwards ran it
ogether; later Will had other partners such as
Paulson and Atherton. Atherton later bought
out Will. Frank moved into the Edwards house on
Front Street and started the filling station on the
NW. corner. The Winklers next owned the store
with an IGA Grocery. It also continued as the
post office.
The building was then used as an auto body
repair shop until the State Bank of Union Grove,
now Community State Bank, purchased the
property in 1982.
It was renovated into a turn of the century yet
state-of-the-art banking facility. The exterior was
kept to fit in with the character of the Village of
Rochester. Antique furniture used throughout
the bank keeps the 1900's motif. A cast iron
check writing table dating back to the 1800's
came from another old bank and an 1880 Seth
Thomas master cylinder wall clock adds to the
Kitty-corner from the bank was Breckenfeld's
Service Station. Pete Breckenfeld organized the
Rochester Fire Company and was the first fire
chief. The station was the first firehouse.
                              Eileen Albright
                        STATE BANK

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