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Notable Dollar Bank Customers from the Past

Learn more about some of the remarkable past customers of Dollar Bank! 

Brewster R. Allabough (1861 - 1919)

Born in Pennsylvania, Brewster R. Allabough dedicated his life to serving the deaf community as a teacher and minister. Allabough spent 25 years as an educator at the Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf. Learn more>>

James West Arrott/The Arrott Building

Irish immigrant James W. Arrott arrived in America as a youth, obtaining employment as a clerk in Philadelphia. In 1859, at age 24, he moved to Pittsburgh and started an insurance agency. He was instrumental in the operations of several large businesses. Learn more >>

Joseph H. Barach, M.D. (c.1883 - 1954)

Physician Joseph H. Barach was a pioneer in diabetes research in the 1920s, becoming one of the nation's foremost authorities on the disease by the late 1940s when he authored several books on the subject. Dr. Barach was also medical director of the Falk Clinic. Learn more>> 

Lois J. Campbell and Margaret Deland

Lois J. Campbell opened two savings accounts at Dollar Bank in December 1861. One was in trust for her nephew, John H. Kerr, age four. The other was in trust for her daughter, Margaretta W. Campbell, also four years old, who grew up to become known as the novelist, Margaret Deland.  Learn more>>

Millie J. Chapman, M.D. (1845 - 1933)

Millie Chapman taught school for twelve years before pursuing a medical career. She earned her degree at the Cleveland Homeopathic Hospital in 1874, then returned to Pennsylvania and set up practice in Pittsburgh. She was one of just three female physicians in the city at that time. Dr. Chapman spent her career tackling one of the terrible scourges of the era -- child mortality. Learn more >> 

Harry P. Davis (1868 - 1931)

Electrical engineer and Westinghouse vice president Harry P. Davis was a visionary. Inspired by an ad from department store Joseph Horne and Company, Davis foresaw the almost limitless possibilities for commercial radio. Davis became one of the co-founders of radio station KDKA in October 1920. Learn more>>

The Elliotte Sisters

On Wednesday, August 1, 1855, Dollar Bank had been open for business less than two weeks. That day, Ellen K. Elliotte, the bank's first independent female depositor, opened her account with money she was earning as a saleswoman at a retail store in downtown Pittsburgh. Learn more >>

Esteban D. Estrada (1859 - 1939)

Born in Puerto Príncipe, Cuba, Esteban Duque Estrada came to the United States for his college education, earning a degree in civil engineering in 1883 at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Immediately after graduation, he joined the engineering corps of Juragua Iron Company in Santiago, Cuba. He returned to the United States in 1886 and was appointed assistant inspector of bridges for the Pennsylvania Company, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Learn more >>

John Paul Golden, M.D. (1863 - 1920) 

From humble beginnings, John Paul Golden, M.D. rose to heights of academic and professional distinction. In March 1888, Golden became the first African American to graduate with a medical degree from Western Pennsylvania Medical College, forerunner of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Learn more >>

Victor Herbert (1859 - 1924)

Although he lived in Pittsburgh for only six years, Victor Herbert's impact on the city's cultural life was significant. He took the reins as conductor of the Pittsburgh Orchestra when the organization was in its infancy, and within six seasons, guided it to a competitive spot as one of the best city orchestras in the country. Learn more >>

George Hetzel (1826 - 1899)

Acclaimed landscape painter George Hetzel founded the Scalp Level School of artists, inspiring generations of painters to capture on canvas the rugged natural beauty of Southwestern Pennsylvania's hills, streams and forests. Learn more >>

Joseph Horne (1826 - 1892)

Born in Bedford County, Joseph Horne came to Pittsburgh in 1848, where he took a job as a clerk in Christian Yeager's store on Market Street. Learn more >>

Charles A. Hutchison (1879 - 1949)

Born in Allegheny City (North Side), Charles A. Hutchison became a Hollywood stunt man and star of action-adventure serials in the era of silent movies. Learn more>>

The Kaufmann Family

The Kaufmanns founded one of the most iconic department stores in Pittsburgh.  Several members of the family were Dollar Bank depositors. Kaufmann's Department Store had its roots in a retail enterprise run by four brothers who immigrated to Pittsburgh from Viernheim, Germany. Learn more>> 

Martin B. Leisser (1845 - 1940)

Known as the dean of Pittsburgh artists, painter Martin B. Leisser created thousands of works over a career that spanned more than eight decades. He led and supported the art community of Pittsburgh as a teacher, mentor and benefactor. Learn more>> 


Danny Nirella (1872 - 1956)

Bandleader Vincent D. "Danny" Nirella was an Italian immigrant who found success in Pittsburgh's music world. His bands marched in parades, played free summer concerts in city parks, provided tunes at Kennywood, and were a tradition at Pittsburgh Pirates season openers. Learn more>>

Roger O'Mara (1846 - 1918)

Roger O'Mara was Pittsburgh's top cop at the turn of the twentieth century. His long career as a policeman and private detective, coupled with his flair for publicity, made him one of the most well-known law enforcement figures in the United States during his lifetime. Learn more>>

Tommy Quinn (1864 - 1932)

Braddock resident Tommy Quinn played professional baseball in the 1880s for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, forerunner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Learn more>> 

Rear Admiral Harry H. Rousseau (1860 - 1930)

Dollar Bank depositor Harry H. Rousseau was a civil engineer who became a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and served as the head of its Civil Engineering Corps. Rousseau was one of the lead engineers on the construction of the Panama Canal. Learn more>>

Frank E. Rutan (1861 - 1911)

Born in Newark, New Jersey, architect Frank E. Rutan was a partner in the firm Rutan & Russell, which designed several significant buildings in Pittsburgh in the 1890s and early 1900s. Learn more>>

Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815 - 1884)

Pittsburgh native Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm was one of several children born to Thomas and Mary Cannon. Learn more >>

Benjamin Tucker Tanner (1835 - 1923)

Benjamin Tucker Tanner was born in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day of 1835 to Isabella and Hugh Tanner, an express wagon driver. Learn more >>

Frank W. Very (1852 - 1927)

A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Frank W. Very attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1878, he accepted a position at Allegheny Observatory, assisting renowned astronomer, physicist and inventor Samuel Pierpont Langley. Learn more >>

Alfred S. Wall (1825 - 1896)

Artist Alfred S. Wall was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. A member of the Scalp Level School of artists, he was also associated for nearly 30 years with the art firm of J.J. Gillespie & Company. Learn more>>

The Woodson Family

Lewis Woodson (1806-1878) and his wife, Caroline Woodson (1805-1892), were the patriarch and matriarch of one of the most notable African American families in early Pittsburgh. At least ten Woodson family members became Dollar Bank customers before 1900.  Learn more >>

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