Being a part of the playPublished 12:03pm Thursday, September 26, 2013
Contrary to popular belief, the Bank of Hartselle actually has plenty of money for everyone.
That’s what we had to make sure that everyone knew in the “Great Hartselle Bank Robbery of 1926.”
If you saw the show, then you found out that I played the part of Arthur Stephenson, the bank president who happened to be feeling under the weather on the night of the infamous incident nearly 90 years ago.
To this day, the robbery still hasn’t been solved. I’ve heard rumors that people know who did it.
They probably do. It’s very possible that it could have been some people who live in Morgan County. It could be possible that they were from somewhere else.
The bottom line is that this event is one of the key moments in the history of Hartselle.
Yes, it’s not great to know that our town was ravaged by a band of robbers and the fact that they were never caught.
However, this bad moment in time was also the catalyst for great success in the future.
The community came together like it always does in a time of tragedy. The local banks helped each other out until they could get back on their feet. In addition to that teamwork, it also showed just how resilient our community is.
We have had some bad times, but we always know that better days are coming if we keep working hard. In fact, the bank actually saw an increase in deposits following the incident.
It was a pleasure to work with director Dena Nagel and everyone who was a part of the cast and crew with College Street Players’ production of the re-enactment.
It was fun and I think it’s something I’d love to do again.
Brent Maze is the managing editor of the Hartselle Enquirer.