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« on: July 09, 2009, 11:37:14 pm »
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I remember seeing something about a fence post bank in a post a while back but can't find it, so what are they? when where they commonly used? what did they look like, how deep were they buried, etc.? A little history please! thanks! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 12:09:24 am »
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The story goes that farmers would loosen and lift a fencepost out from the ground along a very long stretch of fence and pull it up. Then, dig a little deeper and deposit a jar of coins and replace the fencepost. Hence, the name Fencepost Bank. They'd mark them in a variety of ways with the most common being a coin or washer nailed on the top of the post. In theory, no one would see that but the farmer would know.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 06:25:27 am »
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Good Grief! What have I missed?

That is interesting!

There was one old farmer, up north a ways, who would put his money (grain checks) in a sealer and bury them in a slough, in the pig yard. My dad told him the checks would be no good, they would be stale-dated, by the bank, so he started putting cash in the sealers (mostly paper.)

I know this is factual, because my dad told me, and he knew the old batchelor, well.

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 07:52:43 am »
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My grandfather was kind of a mean old man with a drinking problem.
One night he came in drunk. He started at tha end of tha fence and
counted 7 fence post, and then put a bottle of booze under a rock
behind the seventh fence post.

Well, his son, my uncle Herbert, was hiding and could see tha whole
thing because of a full moon..... Grandfathers sons did not like him.
They all left home by 15 years of age.

Herbert took that bottle and hid it. He did not want to drink it.. He
just hid it.

My grand father came out tha next day when he awoke and walked
and counted the fence post. He counted them over and over..... He
ended up diggin around all tha fence posts all down tha fence.

He would have tore my uncle up if he had found out what happened.

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 10:44:43 am »
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Yes, fence post are good areas to look around.  Wow, interesting but true story.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 01:36:01 pm »
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Fencepost Banks look a bit like this. If it were really a bank, the wires would be slack rather than tight. There happens to be this need to pull the post out without cutting the wires to check on your "savings."

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2009, 01:01:29 pm »
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If there aren't any slack wires, check under the "posts" that don't quite reach the ground (fairly common in a lot of Texas and New Mexico range land)

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2009, 04:07:40 pm »
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Also, right next to a fence post someone would dig a hole using a post hole digger and bury Mason jars filled with loot.

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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2009, 04:15:12 pm »
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The old fence may be completely gone. There may not
be a post any more if the property line is old enough.

Look what happened back in  the 1800s.

My uncle researched our family history. He wrote
a book which is published and part of the historical
archives in a town in Texas.

Here is two excerpts from tha book.

This is what my Great Grandmother told my Uncle
about her Grandfather. This story is backed up by
many different accounts of the story by others.

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She went on to say about her Uncle.

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That was how it was.

Just think of all tha gold that may never have been
recovered after people died during tha war after they
had buried their gold.

All I gotta do is find tha right spot.....

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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2009, 04:16:23 pm »
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I almost forgot the depth question----because the purpose of a fence post bank was to hide "ready cash"  (for instance the farm wife squirrelling away a portion of the milk and egg money for a rainy day) it had to be semi-accessible.  Figure any depth between 6 inches and the length of the average arm.

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