COURTNEY L. BRIGHT.
The Jesup State Bank, which was organized in 1901, has in the intervening years to the present time grown steadily
in assets, the volume of business transacted and the confidence of the public. Much of the credit for this continued
prosperity is due to the foresight and wisdom of its efficient cashier, Courtney L. Bright. He was born in Perry
township, this county, on the 11th of December, 1873, a son of David S. and Mary (Bantz) Bright His boyhood was
passed at home and after completing the course afforded by the public schools he entered Herds Business College
at Fayette, from which he was graduated in 1894. He then remained upon the home farm for a time and in addition
to assisting with the work of the farm served as secretary of the Jesup Creamery Company. By this time he had definitely
decided to devote his life to business pursuits and wished a more comprehensive and thorough knowledge of the most
exact and labor saving methods and also of the larger phases of administration. He therefore took commercial courses
both at Ames, Iowa, and at. Cedar Rapids, this state, thus making excellent preparation for efficient service in
the business world. When the Jesup State Bank was organized in 1901 he was elected cashier and has held that important
and responsible position ever since. He has detailed knowledge of the routine work of the institution and under
his administration all of the accounting is accurately and systematically done, and the broader phases of banking,
the investment of funds, the extension of credit and the relations of the bank to its correspondents in the larger
cities are all wisely handled.
Mr. Bright was married April 6, 1912, to Miss Minnie Miller, a native of Perry township, and a daughter of Edward
and Eliza (Diehl) Miller. Her father was born in Ohio in 1828 and became a resident of this county about 1850,
teaching school in this locality for many years. He and his wife are both deceased. Mrs. Bright has passed her
entire life in this county and has many warm friends here. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children:
Rush C., Mildred B. and Keith L., all at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Bright are both members of the Methodist church and give their moral and material support to the forces
that make for righteousness. He is a democrat in his political views and was for eight years township clerk and
for one term mayor of Jesup, in both capacities safeguarding as carefully the interests of the public as in his
private life he looks after his personal interests. Before his election to the office of mayor he was for a time
treasurer of Jesup and two years after his term of office as chief executive expired he was. again elected treasurer
and still holds that office, his repeated reelection being the best proof of the acceptability of his service.
He is also a notary public. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Jesup Creamery Company for ten years and
for the past eight years has been secretary and treasurer of the Farmers Telephone Company. Fraternally he belongs
to Kingsley Lodge, No. 416, K. P., and to the local camp of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is prominently identified
with the business, religious, civic and social affairs of Jesup and is one of the most valued and most respected
citizens of the town.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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