Biography of C. A. Mains
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C. A. Mains, cashier of the Citizens Savings Bank of Williamsburg, is well known in banking circles in this part of the state and is highly esteemed by his associates. He was born in Crawford county, Iowa, October 22, 1886, of the marriage of Isaiah and Catherine (Adams) Mains, both natives of Perry county, Ohio, where they grew to manhood and womanhood. They were married in that county and shortly afterward came to Iowa, being among the early settlers of Clarke county. Subsequently they removed to Crawford county and for the past two decades have resided in Charter Oak. For a number of years Mr. Mains was postmaster of that place but is now living retired in the enjoyment of a leisure made possible by former labor.

C. A. Mains was reared at home and attended the public schools in the acquirement of an education, graduating from the Charter Oak high school in the class of 1911. In that year he entered the First National Bank of Charter Oak as bookkeeper and was subsequently made assistant cashier. In 1907 or 1908 he went to Sioux City, where he was for one year connected with the First National Bank. His next removal was to Fonda, Iowa, and for two years he served as assistant cashier of the First National Bank at that place. For six months after leaving there he was auditor for James F. Toy, of Sioux City, who owned twenty six banks in Iowa, Nebraska and Dakota. At the end of that time Mr. Mains was appointed state bank examiner and served in that office for one year, after which he resigned to accept a position with the Commercial National Bank and the Commercial Trust & Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids. He became vice president of the Commercial Trust & Savings Bank and held that responsible position for one year. On the 1st of September, 1914, he accepted the cashiership of the Citizens Savings Bank of Williamsburg and since that time has to a large extent directed the policy of the institution. It is one of the best known and most prosperous banks in Iowa county and under his administration its high standard has been maintained and its business has increased in volume. His long experience has given him a wide knowledge concerning methods of procedure and also a thorough understanding of the underlying financial and monetary principles upon which the banking business is based. He is well known among bankers of Iowa and is highly respected because of his ability, excellent judgment and unswerving integrity.

In 1913 Mr. Mains married Miss Pearl Wilson, of Woodbine, Iowa. He is a member of Live Oak Lodge, No. 543, A. F. & A. M., of Charter Oak ; and of Fort Dodge Lodge, No. 336, B. P. O. E., of Fort Dodge. He also belongs to the Boosters Club of Williamsburg and is one of the foremost in planning new movements to promote the development of the city along commercial and civic lines. He has gained a position of leadership among the financiers of this part of the state and is one of the most prominent and most highly esteemed citizens of Williamsburg.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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