The First National Bank of Cody, Wyoming

The First National Bank of Cody, Wyoming

The First National Bank of Cody, Wyoming opened in 1904 in Park County.  The bank had a long life, but it only issued about a quarter million dollars worth of currency.  Its charter number is 7319.

The First National Bank of Cody survived past the note issuing era.  In fact many notes are available from this bank.  Both The First National Bank of Cody and The Shoshone National Bank of Cody were chartered during the red seal era and made it through the great depression.  This survival rate means that obtaining a note from Cody is affordable.  However, as with most all Wyoming banks, the real prize from Cody would be a 1902 red seal national bank note.

The first president of The First National Bank of Cody was John Winterling.  HR Weston was the cashier from 1905 until about 1915.  However, the most famous man to serve as cashier of The First National Bank of Cody was the bank’s first cashier, Ira Otis Middaugh.  On November, 1st 1904, a mere four months after the bank nationalized, it was robbed by two unmasked men.  The sole man at the bank that day was IO Middaugh.  He attempted to defend the bank but he was shot dead by the robbers.  Middaugh only had a short period of time to sign bank notes, and none that he signed are known to exist.  However, if one were to turn up with his signature it would certainly draw the attention of a few interested collectors, as I imagine he is one of only a few men who signed national bank notes who were also murdered defending their bank.

If you have any currency from The First National Bank of Cody, please tell us about it.  We are certainly interested parties, and you will likely be very pleased with our appraisal.

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