Miss EMMA PHILLIPS went to work for First National Bank as a stenographer on June 4, 1921 at a salary of $50 per month.
She was highly recommended for employment in a letter dated May 7, 1924 from B. L. SADLER, Vice President of the bank. Her reason for leaving employment of First National Bank of Oneida was to accompany her husband, LETCHER SEXTON, to Detroit, Michigan. The couple left for Detroit on their wedding day. In 1924 a trip to Michigan from Tennessee was quite an adventure. The first leg of their trip was from Oneida to Somerset, Kentucky on a dirt road!
Emma Phillips Sexton on her 97th birthday, January 7, 1997
Upon presentation of the letter of recommendation from Mr. SADLER, she was readily employed by the First National Bank of Detroit, Michigan where she worked for four years.
Her husband, LETCHER, retired from Ford Motor Company in Detroit. He held one of the oldest Certified Airplane Mechanics Certificates ever issued. Several articles were published by LETCHER from his extensive research on local history and genealogy. He passed away in 1989.
EMMA and LETCHER retired to Vine Street in Oneida in 1970 and EMMA lives there today with her son, EARL SEXTON. Her other son, ROBERT SEXTON, lives nearby.
On January 7, 1997, EMMA celebrated her 97th birthday. Best wishes to our colleague who helped pave the way for banking as we know it today.
FNB Chronicle, Vol. 8, No. 3 – Sprint 1997
First National Bank
P.O. Box 4699
Oneida, TN 37841
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