Our story begins in 1690 when John Freame and Thomas Gould started
trading as goldsmith bankers on Lombard Street, London. In 1736 John’s
son-in-law, James Barclay, joined the business giving it the name we
know today. Since then, Barclays has been a leader in innovation;
funding the world’s ?rst industrial steam railway, naming the UK’s first
female branch manager and introducing the world’s first ATM machine.
And those are just a few highlights from our first 300 years.
Today, Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged
in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and
wealth management. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for
48 million customers and clients worldwide.
Along the way Barclays has always focused on serving the needs of its
customers. In the US, Barclays Online Banking brings an accessible,
intuitive and secure banking experience to customers.
A History of Service - Since 1861
The year was 1861 and Abraham Lincoln was President. The Civil War
had begun, putting the country in turmoil. It was a time that called for
people of vision. Ten Wilmington, Delaware businessmen rose to the
occasion. Despite the uncertainties and pressures on the economy brought
on by the war, these 10 men boldly suggested the creation of a bank for
working people: the "Artisans." They envisioned a unique financial
institution - one that returned its money to its depositors in the form
of mortgages, loans and interest on savings. A mutual institution, for
the benefit of its depositors.
The 10 founders each put up 4 dollars. Faith and $40 dollars were all
they had. Of that amount, $12 paid for a charter and 50 cents for a
minute book, and most of the rest paid for stationery. What remained was
$1.93 for working capital. The charter was granted by the state
legislature on February 28, 1861. Artisans` Savings Bank opened for
business on April 1, 1861 at 117 Market Street in Wilmington, with
William S. Hillis as the Bank`s first president.
After three years, the fledgling Artisans` proudly repaid each
original investor 4 dollars, plus 72 cents interest. The Bank`s
secretary, Mr. John P. McLear, in his letter to the original investors
dated April 15, 1864 concluded "...that the influence of the institution
throughout its history will be so marked for good as to cause you to
remember with satisfaction that you had a part in its small beginnings."
The Bank steadily grew and in 1865 moved to larger quarters at 602
Market Street. The Bank again moved in 1871, when it purchased the
historic Indian Queen Hotel on the corner of Fifth and Market Streets,
and built the Clayton House on this site. For many years, the Clayton
House enjoyed the reputation of being one of the finest hotels in the
east, with the Bank occupying offices on its first floor. As the Bank
continued to prosper, larger offices were needed. In 1908, the Bank
moved to 505 Market Street. It stayed at that location for 64 years,
until moving in 1972 to the former Goldey College building at 9th and
Tatnall Streets. The continued growth of the institution, the advances
in technology and the need for a modern facility lead the Bank to
construct a new corporate headquarters complex at the Red Clay Center at
Little Falls. The Bank moved to this new complex at 2961 Centerville
Road, Wilmington, on January of 2008.
In 1959, Artisans` Savings Bank began opening branch offices. Today,
12 branch locations, as well as 2 commercial/consumer lending offices
serve our community statewide. To meet the challenges of the future, the
Bank`s charter was modernized in 1996. The word "Savings" was dropped
from its name, and Artisans` Bank`s products and services grew and
expanded to provide a full range of financial coverage for consumers,
small businesses and commercial customers.
The vision of the original founders continues. Artisans` Bank
continues meeting the financial needs of working men and women,
retirees, students, small businesses, developers and craftspeople: the
"Artisans. A strong, local and independent financial institution serving
its community: Artisans` Bank.
Grotto Pizza Founded in 1960
Dominick Pulieri was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to
Italian-immigrant parents. After high school, Dominick enrolled in Kings
College in Wilkes-Barre and graduated as a pre-med major with a
Bachelors Degree in Biology in 1964. In addition to founding Grotto
Pizza, Dominick taught biology, general science and chemistry in the
Smyrna Special School District from 1965 to 1970.
From an early age, Dominick was making pizzas in his brother-in-law,
Joseph Paglianite’s pizza restaurant in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania. It
was at Joe’s Pizza that Dominick’s passion for pizza was ignited.
In 1960, Dominick, along with his brother-in-law, Joe and sister,
Mary Jean Paglianite, ventured to Delaware to open a pizza restaurant.
This was the birth of Grotto Pizza. During this first summer, pizza
slices sold for 20 cents each and a whole pizza was $1.60. The
challenge, however, was to introduce pizza in an area where it was not
To create a market for his pizza, Dominick and his sister spent long
hours talking to people and handing free samples to the people who
passed by his restaurant. In July of that summer, he noticed he was
starting to get many repeat guests and it was the local Sussex County
guests, and later the tourists, who put Grotto Pizza on the map.
In the years that followed, Grotto Pizza has continued to grow and
prosper. In 1963, Grotto Pizza opened a second location on the boardwalk
in Rehoboth Beach. In 1967, the original Rehoboth Avenue take-out stand
moved to its present location in the “Arcade Building.”
Still a pizza-only enterprise, Grotto Pizza continued as a seasonal
business from May through October. Customers would take pizzas home at
the end of each summer and freeze them in order to have the taste of
Grotto Pizza through the winter. In 1974, Dominick opened Grotto Pizza
as a year-round restaurant to meet the demands of his loyal guests.
From these humble beginnings, Grotto Pizza has grown throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Although Grotto Pizza has expanded beyond the small take-out stand,
the company continues to adhere to its core values of excellent food,
friendly guest service and community service.
Grotto Pizza thanks its loyal guests for making it a legend in Delaware and beyond for over half a century!
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