Yesterday and Today|
by Bill & Connie Warren
Chas. J. Wood, Tailoring
Yesterday, circa 1906, 5 Pleasant Street was the home of Chas. J. Wood, military and naval tailoring. While this building is part of the banking and financial district of Pleasant Street, there were a number of years around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century when banks did not occupy these buildings. Chas J. Wood advertised his business as "Metropolitan in equipment and unsurpassed in completeness and scope of operations, this customer tailoring house is classed among the foremost of similar enterprises in New England, and has a reputation for the general excellence of its productions second to none anywhere. Military and naval tailoring is a distinctive feature ..." Chas J. Wood was a native of Portsmouth and educated in our public school system. He was a cutter by trade and had 34 years of tailoring experience.
Today, where the old number 5 Pleasant Street there is no entrance to the Piscataqua Savings Bank. This is the right building because the upper story quoining ["an external solid angle of a wall, and/or, one of the stones forming it", The Macquarie Dictionary) matches; only the street level building front was changed during remodeling. The Piscataqua Savings Bank states in their brochure, "Our city could support an additional mutual savings bank to aid her merchants and homeowners.
So reasoned a group of prominent Portsmouth citizens who were granted a charter to organize the Piscataqua Savings Bank on July 19, 1877. This group elected it Board of Trustees in January 1878, and the bank opened for bnusiness on April 2, 1878. Governor Ichabod Goodwin served as the Piscataqua's first president, a position he held until his death in 1882."
Today the Piscataqua Savings Bank is the only mutual savings bank in the seacoast, and one of only a handful remaining in New Hampshire.
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