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St. John USVI branch of Chase Bank 1965

Cruz Bay Branch of Chase Manhattan Bank 1965

Cruz Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
It wasn’t until 1958 that St. John had its own bank. Before that year, people had to go over to St. Thomas to do their banking. Largely through the efforts of St. John administrator, George Simmonds, and Senator Julius Sprauve, the first Virgin Islands senator from St. John, the West Indies Bank and Trust Company was persuaded to open a branch on St. John. Senator Sprauve sweetened the pot by offering rental space to the bank at a reasonable rate.

In 1962, The West Indies Bank and Trust Company was taken over by Chase Manhattan Bank.

The photograph above was taken in 1965 and was provided by Bob Garrison, aka the Trail Bandit.

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