The Sylvania Savings Bank was founded in 1900, merged with The Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1940, and in 1985 sold out to Toledo Trust. But in the 1960's the bank did something that may have left more of a lasting impression than anything else they did over the eighty four years of their operations.
Ask any old-timer Sylvania resident what they remember about the bank at the corner of Monroe and Main Streets, and most likely, before they mention the cookies and coffee that were always set out for customers, or the little locomotive coin banks, or the big swirls of bright green and black in the plush carpeting... most likely, they will start talking about the mural.
"Sylvania Savings Bank had its beginning in Sylvania and its roots run deep in the lives, work, and dreams of its people. For that reason, the Bank felt that it could show its appreciation to a town that has been good to it by commissioning artist James Nickloy to research, design and paint the two murals that now appear in its headquarters office lobbies. They portray the early days and growth of Sylvania and how it may have looked at that time."
"In the main lobby mural, the artist has told a story of a pioneer looking for a good place to homestead..."
"The larger mural in our new lobby depicts Main Street as it might have appeared on a warm summer day. Note the wood rails of the early Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad, the old Stone Academy and the grayed headstones in the woods. Those of the latter which have been able to withstand the ravages of time can still be seen today."
"Roads in 1832," wrote Maynard Giles Cosgrove, in A HISTORY OF SYLVNAIA FOR THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, "may be defined as paths of least resistance. They were usually winding Indian trails to be traversed only on foot or horseback. They dodged the numerous swamps and low places, crossed creeks where most convenient, stayed on high ground wherever possible..."
The complete four page brochure produced by Sylvania Savings bank in 1969 in celebration of its new addition and remodel, with pictures of the mural and a history of Sylvania, are presented below, so you can enjoy a little trip back in time!
-Click here for a PDF version which you can download as a keepsake or print
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