Old Bank Stopping House
From the corner, cross 50th street and go north. On your left you will see the cottage style Old Bank Stopping House, which shows similar architecture as the railway station replica. Changes were made to the building in the 1960's, as well, the building is currently in the midst of renovations and additions as it is soon becoming a Tea and Coffee House. Please see the plaque for more details.
The Old Bank Buildings
In 1912 there was still no bank in Millet. John West, Owner of the Mercantile Store, was delegated "to confer with Mr. Wright, the Manager of the Imperial Bank in Wetaskiwin, with regard to opening a branch in the village so there wouldn't be the risk of travelling to other points to do banking as in the past."
According to the Village of Millet Minute Book, Mr. Wright came to a Village Council Meeting on April 1st, 1912 to discuss the matter.
As a result of this discussion, the hotel sample room located on this site was turned around to face Alberta Street, now 50th Avenue. The sample room was where travelling salesman showed their merchandise to local storekeepers. The building was rented to the Imperial Bank of Canada and it became a sub-agency of the Wetaskiwin Branch.
In 1917 the sub agency became the Millet Branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada with G. M. Darling as Manager.
The present cottage style building located at this site was built in 1927. It served the banking needs of the residents of Millet and the surrounding area until 1985 when the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce moved the business to the Wetaskiwin Branch.
The building is presently known (2001) as the "Old Bank Stopping House Ltd." a coffee, tea and gift shop.
The Millet and District Historical Society and Dixie Hallats, owner of the building, erected this plaque in 2001.