Thaddeus Ellsworth Nash (Pipestone, MN)

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Thaddeus Ellsworth Nash (August 29, 1876 – April 4, 1965)


WWI Draft Registration card for T.E. Nash, September 12, 1918 (
  • Name: Thaddeus Ellsworth Nash
  • Birth: August 29, 1876 Monticello, Jones County, IA
  • Death: April 4, 1965 Los Angeles, CA (Buried in Hollywood)
  • Spouse: Elizabeth (Rehm) Nash (1879-1967) (m.1901)

Thaddeus Ellsworth Nash was born August 29, 1876 to George W. and Emma D. (Fish) Nash in Monticello, Jones County, IA. The family moved to Woodstock, MN in 1880 when George became the station agent for the Omaha Railroad there. Thaddeus was educated in the Woodstock public school, completing the 8th grade. At an early age, he assisted his father at the Railway station, and in 1891 at the age of 15 he was assigned as station agent in Magnolia, Rock County, MN. In 1892 he succeeded his father as the agent at Woodstock, and held that position for 4 years. 1

T.E. Nash's banking career began in 1896 when he was employed as a bookkeeper at the state Bank of Jasper, MN for 9 months.After that he returned to the railroad service as station agent for the Northwestern Railway in Pipestone. In early 1901 he became Assistant Cashier for the Pipestone State Bank. 1

On October 23, 1901, Mr. Nash was married to Elizabeth Rehm in the bride's hometown of Mason City, IA. They had 3 daughters; Ruth (b. 1902), Dorothy (b. 1904) and Marjorie (b. 1909). 1,2

In July 1906, T.E. Nash was elected Cashier of Pipestone County Bank, and continued in that capacity until 1918 (during which time the Pipestone County Bank became the Pipestone State Bank in 1908 and then the Pipestone National Bank in 1917). He served as Vice-President in 1919, and then briefly as Cashier again in 1920. In 1921, he was a Vice-President of the Marshall State Bank in Marshall, MN. From 1923 to 1927 he was Cashier of the First National Bank of Pipestone, and served on the Board of Directors. After leaving the First National bank in Pipestone, he returned to his position as a Vice-President of Marshall State Bank. 1,3,4,5

While Mr. Nash lived in Pipestone, he was active in Civic affairs. He served as mayor of Pipestone from December 1916 to April 1918, and at one time was President of the Board of Education. 7

In 1931, T.E. Nash became a liquidator of banks and later served with the FDIC, examining banks in Minnesota and Kansas. In 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Nash were living in Wadena, MN where he worked for the Union Central Life Insurance Company. 6,7

In 1946, they moved to Los Angeles, CA to be near their daughters. That is where T.E. Nash passed away on April 4, 1965, at the age of 88. He is buried there in the Hollywood Forever (Memorial) Cemetery. 6,8,9

Bank Officer Summary

During his banking career, T. E. Nash was involved with the following bank(s):

$20 Series 1902 Plain Back bank note with stamped signatures of T.E. Nash, Cashier and E.J. Feldman, President.


  • 1. Alfred P. Rose, Rock and Pipestone County History (MN) (1911). pp729-730
  • 2. 1910 U.S. Federal Census
  • 3. Rand McNally Bankers Directories 1906-1921
  • 4. OCC Annual Reports 1917-1927, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - U.S. Treasury Dept.
  • 5. Pipestone First National Bank History (Internal bank document written by A.R. Stillwell(?) 1919,1929. On file at the Pipestone County Historical Society).
  • 6. 1940 U.S. Federal Census
  • 7. Thaddeus E. Nash Obituary, Pipestone County Star, April 12, 1965
  • 8. California Death Index
  • 9.
  • 10. Banks & Bankers Historical Database (1782-1935),