“The Ness County Bank Building has had their roof replaced after 30 years. Signs of damage to the inside of the building made the project a top priority to the board members: Ila Fritzler, president, Jon Hawkinson, Cinda Flax, Brent Kerr, Gary Gantz, Keith Burditt, Jr., Deb Stenzel, Debbie Gravenstein and Shaunda Vogel. Pictured above is the crew of D. V. Douglass Roofing, Inc. of Garden City working on the project. Recently, the board asked residents and businesses to help with their cause. About $20,000 was raised through donations and then some other rather large memorials left to the Ness County Bank Building Foundation helped with the $50,000 price tag for a new roof.
Having a historic building costs money every month, so if you haven’t donated to this project, there’s still time to give to the foundation. Just contact a board member and I’m sure they would be able to help you with your donation.
Ness Count has a very beautiful building inside and out that I hope will be around for many generations to come.”
This post is placed with permission from the Ness County News. The story was published in the November 26, 2020, Vo. 137 – No. 1 issue.
The Ness County Bank Building is open for tours by appointment only. Be sure to call the Ness County Chamber (785-798-2413) should you be interested in a tour of the building.
The Ness County Bank Building welcomes Heritage Tours from Yoder, KS next Tuesday. The bus will be stopping by to visit the Bank Building. Cuppa Jo of Ness City will cater a meal before they head on down the road for additional stops.
Plans are to have this year’s prom this Saturday night, June 27th at the Ness County Bank Building. Due to COVID-19, the prom was postponed.
As of April 1, 2020, the Ness County Old Settlers Reunion to be held in June, 2020 has been postponed until next year. Details are likely to be forthcoming.
“The “Skyscraper of the Plains” (a.k.a. The Ness County Bank Building) has a problem and needs your help” as written by Ila Fritzler, President of the Ness County Bank Building Foundation, Inc. in a letter to the editor of the Ness County News, Thursday, February 20, 2020, Vol. 136, Issue 13.
The 1984 formation of the Ness County Bank Building Foundation began the restoration of the bank building. The roof was one of the first items attended to but 35 years have passed and leaks have developed.
The letter states the foundation’s responsibility is to maintain the building and raise funds for its operation. The foundation receives no tax money and must rely on gifts and donations to fill its coffer. In the past, Ila reports the foundation has several Heritage Trust Fund Grants. However, the foundation has been notified 57 applications for grants were submitted with only 13 grants awarded. The Ness County Bank Building Foundation was not one of the 13.
All donations are appreciated and are tax deductible. Please send donations to:
The Ness County Bank Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 285, Ness City, Kansas 67560.
Help keep this treasured, National Register of Historic Places listed building the showcase it is. When completed, it was the tallest building between Topeka, Kansas and Denver, Colorado. The link below displays the National Register of Historic Places entry for the bank building:
The Ness County Conversation District meeting held at the Ness County Bank Building. The 78th annual meeting on Monday February 17, 2020 was a packed house and enjoyed the meal prepared by Mark Bauer and his crew. The sponsors of the annual meeting were the Community Bank of the Midwest, High Plains Farm Credit of Ness City, Farmer’s Dank & Trust of Bazine, First State Bank of Ness City, First State Bank of Ransom, Radke Implement, Inc., Starr See, Inc. and United Credit Union of Ness City.
Source: Ness County News: Thursday, February 20, 2020, Vol. 136 – No. 13