Carol Hunt retires from banking after 44 years

In honor of Carol Hunt, an open house retirement party was held in Midland on Tuesday, April 8th. Hunt has retired from the banking business after 44 years.

Sharing in the special evening were her husband, Roy, and around 150 guests. These included family, friends and fellow bank employees from Murdo, Pierre, Ft. Pierre and Huron. Brent Dykstra of First National Bank of Pierre, presented Carol with a Black Hills gold watch as a token of appreciation.

In March of 1938, Hazel Hughes, of the Okaton State Bank of Okaton, SD, opened a bank office in Midland, in the building, which had previously housed the First National Bank of Midland. Many years later, in 1963, the bank converted to a full service commercial bank branch of the Okaton State Bank. In June of 1964, Carol Hunt began working for owners Tom and Hazel Drew and Manager Olin Peters.

When Carol started there were no computers. Special machines were used to post checks and deposits. Filming of checks and deposits were done on that machine by turning each check over to put on film. Canceled checks were perforated with the date in which they were paid. The statement sheets were rolled into the machine, which reminded one of a typewriter. A two-way radio was installed between the Okaton and Midland banks to facilitate business.

Carol has a real knack for decorating and often tells of how much she enjoyed decorating the windows at the bank, especially with winter snow scenes during the Christmas season. Carol will now be spending more time doing her many interests, among them are baking and decorating cakes for weddings, birthdays and graduations. She has been actively involved in her church, Sunday school, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Midland Second Century and numerous other organizations.

Carol said, "I have enjoyed my years of working in the bank. The one thing I will especially miss are the people."

Carol has seen many changes of bank managers. Fred Folkerts was manager from 1965 to 1972. Then Marvin Grosz from Okaton took over the managerial duties. During his time, the bank business was moved to the north side of Main Street. The old Murray Store, a brick building, was extensively remodeled into a banking facility. In 1977, James Aplan came into the bank as vice president and manager. The staff at that time was Assistant Manager Myrna Abel, stenographer Sherrie Block and teller/bookkeeper Carol Hunt. Bill Schell, Okaton, came over twice a week to take care of the Midland Insurance Agency.

The bank became a First National in February of 1983 with the sale of controlling interest to Gene Hawk and Dennis Fargen of Pierre, associates of Frank L. Farrar of the First National Bank of Pierre.