About Central Bank
Central Bank began its legacy on January 9, 1902, when Lon Stephens helped create Central Missouri Trust Company. He served as Missouri State Treasurer and then as Governor until January 1901.
Sam Baker Cook arrived in Jefferson City in 1900 and assumed the presidency of the Central Missouri Trust Company in 1905 after serving as Missouri’s Secretary of State. He began a legacy of service that continues to this day.
Cook was committed to serving Jefferson City. After the Capitol building burned in 1911, he fought with city leaders to ensure that Jefferson City would remain the state capitol.
In 1916, Cook moved the Central Missouri Trust Company into a seven-story Carthage stone building on the corner of Madison and High Street where it remains today. Jefferson City residents christened this building “the first skyscraper.” … Continue reading about Central Bank here
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