Central National Bank (former), 149 East Third Street
Backstory and Context
Central National Bank operated on the first floor storefront of this building while the second floor was occupied with professional offices such as the McReynolds law office and the medical office of Dr. Everett Powers. In the latter half of the 20th century, the former bank area was used as the business office of Carthage Water and Electric Plant.
Like other buildings on the north side of the square, this structure has more than one storefront. The left one was occupied by various stores including, Foster's Grocery (1884), H. M. Cornell's Agricultural Implement store (1888) and Boston Clothing House (1895).
But for parts of three decades at the start of the 20th century, this storefront was devoted to music with Dumars and Gammon Music and L. H. Beck Music Company. It was Charles Dumars' store where James Scott, ragtime music composer and performer, was discovered. Scott would demonstrate any sheet music sold in the store and eventually Dumars heard some of Scott's original compositions and began to publish them. Scott also framed pictures while working for Dumars. A 1975 limestone marker in the sidewalk (in front of the storefront to the left in image) jonors Scott's achievements before moving on to Kansas City.
Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
"Jobs for 52 women here." Carthage Evening Press, December 11,1933, no page (1 & 2).
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Central National Bank, Dumars Music.
NE Corner of square image former Powers Museum exhibit image.
1891 Bank advertisement former Powers Museum exhibit illustration.
Bank bag from Powers Museum Collection.
Framed prints from Powers Museum Collection.
Scott marker photograph by Michele Hansford.