O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

More Than a Century of Community


November 14, 2019

Gerald L. Leng, President Savings Bank.

By Mari Radtke

Before the railroad and before the disappearance of wolf and gopher scalps as legal tender in Primghar, George W. Schee played a pivotal role in the development of what was Primghar Savings Bank. Mr. Schee came to the Iowa prairie as a 22-year-old Civil War veteran. He survived every idea of challenge laid upon the untamed west, as it might be described in the 1870s.

Mr. Schee demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and a work ethic that allowed him to capitalize on opportunities in an unsettled land. He was instrumental in helping create Primghar State Bank. The bank went th...

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