CHARLES G. LANE.
The Exchange National Bank of Hastings, now one of the strong and leading financial concerns of Adams county, is
largely the outgrowth of the business enterprise, ability and close application of its president, Charles G. Lane,
whose thoroughness in all that he undertakes is one of the salient features of his growing success. He is one of
New England's native sons, his birth having occurred in Hampton, New Hampshire, November 25, 1862. There he was
reared and he supplemented a public school education by study in the Phillips Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire.
After completing his school life he went to Boston and accepted a position as city salesman with the Batchelder
& Lincoln Company, wholesale dealers in shoes, with whom he remained for about three years. His identification
with the west dates from 1884, in which year he made his way to Red Oak, Iowa, where he entered the First National
Bank, in which he spent four and a half years. In 1888 he arrived in Hastings and accepted the position of assistant
cashier in the bank of which he is now the president. Three years later he was advanced to the position of cashier
and continued in that connection for several years, or until he was made president. Throughout the period of his
residence in Hastings he has devoted his entire time to the bank and his efforts have been one of the potent elements
in its substantial growth. He infused life into the institution, introduced modern methods and at all times has
kept in touch with the trend of modern progress in banking circles. His close application, his thoroughness, the
wise system which he installed and his careful safeguarding of the interests of depositors have been the elements
in the continued growth of the institution, which is today one of the leading banks of this part of the state.
On the 30th of July, 1902, Mr. Lane was married to Miss Mary McElhaney, a native of Brookfield, Pennsylvania, but
reared and educated in Greenville. They have one son, Charles Willson, ten years of age. The family occupy a fine
residence in Hastings, in addition to which Mr. Lane owns considerable property in Minnesota and Nebraska. In his
political views he is a republican where national issues are involved, but casts an independent local ballot and
has never accepted political office. He has served, however, as president of the school board of Hastings for a
few years and he is never remiss in the duties of citizenship, cooperating in various plans and measures for the
public good, notwithstanding the fact that he leaves office holding to others. Fraternally he is connected with
Hastings Lodge, No. 50, A. F. & A. M., with Nebo Commandery, No. 11, K. T., of which he is the present eminent
commander, and with Hastings Consistory, in which he has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite.
He also belongs to Sesostris Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Lincoln. He is a courteous, genial gentleman of unfeigned
cordiality and he has many friends in this part of the state, for his marked characteristics are those which in
every land and clime awaken confidence and regard.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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