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The Omaha National Bank was organized on July 1, 1866 by Ezra Millard brother of Joseph Millard. The very first ONB was a store front shop with a bedroom in the back. The bank had a fire-proof safe but it was not considered prudent to leave funds overnight. A bank clerk usually took an old newspaper, rolled up the cash inside, and deposited the money with the United States National Bank. The same routine was used in the morning to retrieve the cash!

Building 210-212 S. 13th ; full front of building; J.H. Millard, President

Several years later, in 1882, the bank erected this substantial structure at 210-212 South 13th Street.

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