The historic building on the southwest corner of Locust and Fifth Streets was erected in 1912. The lower floor served as Farmers State Bank until the mid-1970’s when the business moved to 8th and Mill Streets. The upper floor was the Middletown Public Library and the office of the Fall Creek Township Trustee.
A fire in the vacant bank space and the sale of the great vault door left the structure an empty ruin for many years. A local resident has purchased the building and has stated he will not tear it down because it is the cornerstone of the downtown historic district.”
Many of us attending Central Grade School remember that the bank had a weekly savings plan for students – 25 cents per week. I loved going to the library and looking out the big windows on the town. I read every Thornton W. Burgess series and couldn’t wait for the next book to be published.
Martha Minnick, Historian