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50 Years And Counting


September 15, 2021

Dan Stevens

The Stewart Center was celebrated for its 50 years of operation at a ceremony organized by the Greater Freeport Partnership.

On September 4, 1969, then State Bank President E.L Wright (Grandfather of Mark & Todd Wright of Midwest Bank) announced plans for a $2.75 million "mini-scraper". The 12-story building would be a monument of modernization, be the tallest bank in Northern Illinois outside of Chicago and would occupy an entire city block.

On Labor Day weekend 1971, State Bank moved into the new, nearly 80,000 square foot building. At the same time, 12 tenants were announced for the building. Jacks or Better Restaurant, WFRL – WELL Radio, Holtan & Garrity, Robert Carlile - CPA, Dr. Sam Bess,...

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