National City Bank/Grand Rapids NB, Grand Rapids, MI (Charter 3293)
National City Bank/Grand Rapids National City Bank/Grand Rapids NB, Grand Rapids, MI (Chartered 1885 - Receivership 1933)
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the county seat of Kent County. Situated along the Grand River approximately 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, it is the economic and cultural hub of West Michigan, the fastest growing major city in Michigan, and one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. According to 2019 US Census Bureau estimates, the city had a population of 201,013, while the greater metropolitan area had a population of 1,077,370. In 1900 the population was 87,565 and in 1940, 164,292; it has been growing ever since.
A historic furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies and is nicknamed "Furniture City." The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.
Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city. The city's main airport and one of its freeways are named after him.
Grand Rapids had 12 National Banks chartered during the Bank Note Era, and 10 of those banks issued National Bank Notes. Grand Rapids also had two Obsolete Banks that issued Obsolete Bank Notes during the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866).
- Organized January 2, 1885
- Chartered January 22, 1885
- 1: Succeeded 812 (City National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI)
- 2: Absorbed 2460 October 1, 1910 (Grand Rapids National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI)
- 3: Assumed 12108 by consolidation Mar 13, 1922 with title change (City National Bank (No Issue), Grand Rapids, MI)
- 3: Absorbed 2611 April 2, 1926 (Fourth National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI)
- 3: Conservatorship June 29, 1933
- 3: Receivership September 25, 1933
$20 National Bank Note on the Grand Rapids National City Bank of Grand Rapids, Michigan, check letter “B” series of 1902, W.T. Vernon, Register of the Treasury and Lee McClung, Treasurer of the United States, portrait of Hugh McCulloch/ This counterfeit bears the Charter Number 3293 in the border of the note which is the correct charter number of the bank, but in large blue figures on the face of the note the charter number is 3296. These blue numbers and the letter “M” indicating the geographical location of the bank are heavier than the genuine. The note is printed from photo-mechanical plates of fair workmanship on two pieces of paper between which a few fine silk threads have been distributed. These threads, however, cannot be seen on the face of the note as in the genuine. From the Kenosha News, Kenosha, Wisconsin
On March 12, 1926, the directors of the Grand Rapids National Bank unanimously voted to absorb the Fourth National Bank, the control of which had passed to Joseph H. Brewer by reason of recent stock purchases. The consolidation, subject to approval by the comptroller of the currency, would add about $4,500,000 to the Grand Rapids National Bank's deposits, raising its total to more than $20 million and placing total assets in excess of $22 million. The Fourth National Bank's charter dated to January 9, 1882, when it was organized with a capitalization of $300,000 to take over the Merchants and Mechanics bank formed in 1879. The later bank was a merger of private banks. In May the comptroller of the currency announced that the Fourth National had gone into voluntary liquidation, having been Absorbed by the Grand Rapids National Bank.
On Tuesday, October 1, 1929, The Grand Rapids National Bank became affiliated with the Union Commerce Corporation of Detroit. The consolidation was approved at a director's meeting which recommended the proposition to all stockholders and authorized the sale of 75% of the capital stock. Joseph Brewer was the new president of the bank. Dudley E. Waters, former president, resigned to become chairman of the board. Charles H. Bender became a vice president and chairman of the executive committee and Alvah D. Crimmins retained the position of vice president and cashier.
Official Bank Title(s)
1: The National City Bank of Grand Rapids, MI
2: Grand Rapids National City Bank (8/24/1910), Grand Rapids, MI
3: Grand Rapids National Bank (3/13/1922), Grand Rapids, MI
Bank Note Types Issued
A total of $13,993,470 in National Bank Notes was issued by this bank between 1885 and 1933. This consisted of a total of 1,671,564 notes (1,451,196 large size and 220,368 small size notes).
This bank issued the following Types and Denominations of bank notes:
Series/Type Sheet/Denoms Serial#s Sheet Comments 1: 1882 Brown Back 4x5 1 - 20298 1: 1882 Brown Back 3x10-20 1 - 9404 1: 1902 Red Seal 4x5 1 - 15750 1: 1902 Red Seal 3x10-20 1 - 10200 1: 1902 Date Back 4x5 1 - 5077 1: 1902 Date Back 3x10-20 1 - 4062 2: 1902 Date Back 4x5 1 - 42000 2: 1902 Date Back 3x10-20 1 - 31800 2: 1902 Plain Back 4x5 42001 - 105000 2: 1902 Plain Back 3x10-20 31801 - 66200 3: 1902 Plain Back 4x5 1 - 83875 3: 1902 Plain Back 3x10-20 1 - 39882 3: 1902 Plain Back 3x50-100 1 - 3051 3: 1929 Type 1 6x5 1 - 21968 3: 1929 Type 1 6x10 1 - 10274 3: 1929 Type 1 6x20 1 - 3217 3: 1929 Type 1 6x50 1 - 932 3: 1929 Type 1 6x100 1 - 337
Bank Presidents and Cashiers
Grand Rapids, Charter 3293, Presidents and Cashiers during the National Bank Note Era (1885 - 1933):
- Thomas Dwight Gilbert Jr., 1885-1894
- Constantine Morton, 1895-1896
- Ransom C. Luce, 1897-1901
- James R. Wylie, 1902-1915
- Dudley Elijah Waters, 1915-1928
- Joseph Henry Brewer, 1929-1933
- John Frederick Baars, 1885-1897
- James R. Wylie, 1898-1901
- Frank Welton, 1903-1910
- Heber W. Curtis, 1911-1911
- John L. Benjamin, 1912-1915
- Ira B. Dalrymple, 1916-1920
- Alvah Damien Crimmins, 1921-1933
Other Bank Note Signers
- Charles H. Bender, (Vice President 1911...1929) Signature
- Augustus J. Maynard, (Vice President 1921)
- Arthur T. Slaght, (Asst. Cashier 1911...1913) Signature
- Mahlon A. Smith, (Asst. Cashier 1913...1933) Signature
- Rudolph M. Bremer, (Asst. Cashier 1921)
- Bauke "Bert" Vander Meulen, (Asst. Cashier 1923)
- Michigan Bank Note History
- General information on Grand Rapids (Wikipedia)
- General information on Kent County (Wikipedia)
- General information on Michigan (Wikipedia)
- Grand Rapids, MI, on Wikipedia
- Don C. Kelly, National Bank Notes, A Guide with Prices. 6th Edition (Oxford, OH: The Paper Money Institute, 2008).
- Dean Oakes and John Hickman, Standard Catalog of National Bank Notes. 2nd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1990).
- Banks & Bankers Historical Database (1782-1935), https://bbdata.banknotehistory.com
- Kenosha News, Kenosha, WI, Sat., Sep. 16, 1922.
- Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, Sat., Mar. 13, 1926.
- Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, MI, Thu., May 20, 1926.
- The Herald-Press, Saint Joseph, MI, Wed., Oct. 2, 1929.