Funds for public purpose remain vital to retiree


Retired Jackson County Bank banker Max Ernest of Seymour poses for a photo at his home Thursday.

When the Jackson County Bank named Max Ernest its first full-time trust officer, Ernest did his homework and did everything he could to be the best trust officer he could be.

“I was new in trust,” Ernest said. “I went to every bank and trust conference on my vacations.”

His hard work would prove valuable later when the bank decided to create a separate trust department led by Ernest and even more so when a man named Elbert S. Welch came up with a new idea.

“Mr. Welch wanted to set up a fund to help Seymour,” Ernest said.

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