Posted by: marthabernie | March 30, 2015

Farmer’s State Bank & Wilson’s Drug Store – Phillipsburg, Missouri

scan0006Not sure when this photo was taken but the Farmers State Bank in Phillipsburg, Missouri started in 1906 and did not go out of business until the crash in 1929 or shortly thereafter.  The building is the Odd Fellows Building, and the bank is located on the ground floor at the rear.  I don’t think the building went up until about 1908, so the bank must have been located elsewhere for the first couple of years.  FARMERS STATE BANK is lettered above the awning.  On the front corner of that wall, lettering says, POST OFFICE, then WILSON’s DRUG STORE.  My great uncle William Grant McMenus did not go into business in this store until the 1920’s, so this has to be an earlier image.  Also notice the tree in foreground which has been completely stripped and turned into a pole.  Trees behind the store on the right are much bigger in this image, so I think it was probably taken after 1910.  The Farmers State Bank is still going strong in the Midwest.


  1. What a great photo! Those ‘all-in-one’ buildings are hard to come by now.


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