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Poteau Businesses supporting the community for 100 years or more Featured

Written by  Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:18
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Some of the biggest supporters to Poteau and the entire community have been businesses who have been serving the community and providing top quality customer service for 100 years or more.



Bridgman’s Furniture

Bridgman’s Furniture has been serving downtown Poteau since 1896. They carry new and used furniture as well as carpet and custom window coverings. This family owned business is located at 102 Dewey Ave.



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Employees of CNB 


Central National Bank

The Bank of Poteau was chartered March 7, 1901 in 1902, the name was changed to The National Bank of Poteau and the first building was constructed at the corner of McKenna and Dewey.

In 1919, the Bank's name was changed to Central State Bank and finally in 1922 the institution became Central National Bank.

Central National, LeFlore County's oldest and largest bank, has over $200,000,000 in total assets and serves its customers from six convenient locations in Poteau, Pocola, Panama, Stigler and Heavener.



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Jim Cook with Evans and Miller Funeral Homes


Evans and Miller Funeral Home

For over 100 years, Evans and Miller Funeral Home has served LeFlore County and the surrounding areas with the best funeral care - a care based on understanding, dignity, and thoughtfulness.

Evans and Miller Funeral Home is locally owned and operated. With two locations to help the serve the needs of the people they are located at 411 Dewey Ave. in Poteau and 301 S. Pocola Blvd, Pocola, OK.


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Gloria Cherry and Michael Cooper with Shanahan Finance 


Shanahan Finance

Located at 500 South Broadway in the Cloverleaf Plaza is Shanahan Finance. This family owned business has been serving the community for 100 years.


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Employees from the Poteau Daily News 


The Poteau Daily News


According to their Facebook page - In 1895, The Poteau Ledger became the pioneering paper to this part of Indian Territory owned by H. J. Duke with Ed Hooker as the editor. 


The Poteau Ledger eventually became the Poteau News. The first issue on file with the Oklahoma Historical Society is one of Sept. 5, 1907.


In October of 1908 Robert L. Kidd assumed ownership. Kidd sold the Poteau News to Bert McCausey in 1940. Bob Lee Kidd Jr. and James Park Kidd became owners of the LeFlore County Sun and acquired the Poteau News.


There were other owners through the years, but Horizon Publication Company purchased the Poteau Daily News in 2003.


Photos provided by Sara Powell, Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

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