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Edward  A. PERRY

The story of banking and of money interests are bound up with the development of any community, big or small. The men who make a success of such businesses are the outstanding men in the financial centers of their localities.

This has been true in the career of E. A. Perry, founder and president of the Perry National Bank of Hamilton.

Mr. Perry came to Hamilton in 1881 from Missouri, his native state. He accepted a position in a drug store which he held for several years. The first bank to open in Hamilton was a private institution which was established by the late Dr. George Perry, an elder brother of Ed Perry. This bank was located in the back of the drug store at its very beginning. This bank was nationalized in 1890 as the Hamilton National Bank. The young drug clerk then became the first cashier and started on his banking career. Mr. Perry not only gave attention to the details of banking but took a keen interest in the civic and commercial interests of his adopted town. Every public concern is his to the extent that he contributes both time and money to is development. He served the City of Hamilton as mayor for eight years without pay.

After 30 years of service as cashier of the Hamilton National Bank Mr. Perry conceived the idea of founding a banking house of his own mind and banking policies. An institution that would commemorate, in one measure, not only in the financial world but in the civic life of his adopted town, the hopes and aspirations of his life as a man and builder for the service of the public.


[Edward A. "Ed"  Perry came to Hamilton from Missouri.  His parents were Christian Louis Perry and Margaret Elizabeth (Oil) Perry.  His older brother was Dr. George Frederick Perry, founder of Hamilton National Bank.  Ed Perry married Roda "Mollie" Clark on 12 April, 1885 in Hamilton County.  (The marriage record book in which their marriage was recorded burned in the courthouse fire of 2 February, 1886, and their marriage was later re-recorded on a list in the County Clerk's Office. 

 Ed and Mollie were the parents of at least one child--Margaret Jane "Margie" (Perry) (Kirk) Sikes, who was born July 20, 1887 and died January 1, 1960.  Margie married C. L. Kirk on 26 May, 1906--Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 353.  Margie married William Ewing Sikes on November 3, 1908, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 561.

On January 29, 1899, Edward A. Perry married Imogene Sharp--Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 3, p. 1899.   Imogene (Sharp) Perry was born 11 February, 1869, and died 22 September, 1924.  She was interred in the large Perry plot of the IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton.

Edward A. Perry, born 7 November, 1865, died on 10 February, 1950.  He was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in the same plot as was his second wife, Imogene (Sharp) Perry.

Ed Perry's third marriage was to Vertna Julia (surname unknown).  Ed and Vertna were the parents of Edwina.  Vertna was born 9 November, 1886, and died 30 September, 1985.  Vertna was not buried in the Ed Perry plot of the IOOF Cemetery in Hamilton.---Elreeta Weathers]

The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number 11--Section Three

Historical and Trading Expansion Issue

W. F. Billingslea, Editor-Publisher

Subscription Price ONE YEAR ..$1.00

June 29, 1934


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