Marthas Vineyard Savings Bank

The newly created Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank will officially open for business following Veterans Day weekend, as a result of the merger of the Martha’s Vineyard Cooperative Bank and Dukes County Savings Bank.


The Dukes County Savings Bank has opened a trust department in North Tisbury, restoring local trust services to the Vineyard.
The Martha’s Vineyard National Bank sold its trust department in March, effectively shutting the Island’s only trust department.
“We think this is a service that should remain on Martha’s Vineyard,” Edward Mayhew, president of the Dukes County Savings Bank, said this week.


A $3, 380 bank robbery in Edgartown Tuesday morning led to a high-speed chase and a bizarre showdown in the woods near county airport runways between police with guns drawn and a man firing arrows from a high-powered bow.

The man, later identified as 35-year-old William E. Sweeney of Tisbury, was quickly arrested after tense moments during which police say they almost opened fire.


For the first time in its 16 year history, the Dukes County Savings Bank has reported assets over $10-million.
Bank President, John W. Osborn, announced Tuesday afternoon at the regular quarterly meeting of the trustees, that deposits had increased $500,000 since January 15 and now total $9,158,000, which is also a record high. New mortgages added during the quarter totaled $9,158,000, which is also a record high. New mortgages added during the quarter totaled $559,000.


With the approval and cooperation of the superintendent of schools, the principals and faculty, the Dukes County Savings Bank has instituted a school savings plan design to encourage thrift by regular savings. The teachers are provided with signature cards, the first step toward opening an account, and a deposit envelope for the first deposit. At least five cents is required. The bank will issue pass books in the name of all students.


The opening of the new Dukes County Savings Bank last Friday proved to be an event on a national scale. From all the country over came letters and telegrams of congratulation and encouragement extended by other mutual savings banks, and the new banking house opposite the courthouse was abloom with no fewer than twenty-seven baskets or sprays of flowers, all gorgeous.