Certificate of Organization
"We, Joseph Tondorf, Jr., President, Martin Hasenfuss, Treasurer,
and Joseph Holthaus, Julius Malzacker, Gerhard Kranefuss, Henry Funke, Francis
Schwendemann, Henry Holthaus, Frederick Bleiler, Caspar Scholtes, Henry Merten,
John Ohrenberger, Francis Ehrhart, Adam Lorenz, Tobias Klueber, Charles V.
Jaeger, Henry Wessling, Henry Dickmeier being a majority of the
Directors of the Germania Co-operative Bank in compliance with
the requirements of the twenty-first section of Chapter 116, and the fourth
section of Chapter 117 of the Public Statutes, do hereby certify that the
following is a true copy of the Agreement of Association to constitute said
corporation with names of the subscribers thereto.
"We, whose names are hereto subscribed, do by this agreement associate
ourselves with the intention to constitute a corporation according to the
provisions of the 117th Chapter of the Public Statutes of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and the acts in amendment therein of and in addition thereto.
"The name of which the corporation shall be known is the Germania
"The purpose for which the corporation is constituted is accumulating the
savings of its members, paid into such corporation in fixed periodic
installments, and lending of such funds so accumulated to its members.
"The place within which the corporation is established or located is the city
of Boston within said Commonwealth.
"The limit of its capital stock to be accumulated is $1,000,000.00
"In witness whereof, we have hereunto let our hands, this 31st day of August
in the year 1885."
Joseph Tondorf, Jr.
Karl Joseph Becker
Joseph G. Mees
Charles J. Lüttman
Charles V. Jaeger
Bernard W. Isfort
John F. Hucksam
Hugo G. Gottlich
Joseph Nover (?)
Lewis M. Lehmann
John Henry Hampe
Jacob Beck (?)
George Helferich (?)
S. George Nagle (?)
Charles G. Kranefuss
Francis H. Kamp
Edward W. Lubke
Andrew D. Fickinger
Francis J. Lauinger
"That the first meeting of the subscribers to said agreement was held on
the 8th day of September in the year 1885 and by adjournment on the the
14th day of September in the year 1885 and adjourned without a date set
for the next meeting.
"In witness whereof we have hereto signed our names, this 14th day of
September in the year 1885."
Joseph Tondorf, Jr.
Chas. V. Jaeger
Then personally appeared the above named Jos. Tondorf, J. Holthaus, H.
Holthaus, H. Merten, H. Dickmeier, Jul. Malzacker, Casp. Scholtes,
F. Ehrhart, T. Klueber, H. Wessling, John Ohrenberger, M. Hasenfuss,
F. Bleiler, H. Funke, Gerd. Kranefuss, A. Lorenz, F. Schwendemann, and
severally made oath that the foregoing certificate, by these subscribers,
is true to the best of their knowledge and belief. Before me, Charles
V. Jaeger, Justice of the Peace.
"I hereby certify that it appears upon an examination of the within written
certificate and the records of the corporation duly submitted to my inspection,
of Chapter 106, and those of the first four sections of Chapter 117 of the
Public Statutes, preliminary to the deposit with the Secretary of the
Commonwealth, have been confirmed with, and I hereby approve said
certificate, this third day of October A.D. 1885."
X Charles Endicott
Commissioner of Corporations
Charter issued October 3, 1885 to the Germania Co-operative Bank, as a
new corporation, No. 2370, a copy of which charter, or certificate of
incorporation is recorded in Charter Book, Volume 6, page
2370. Fee $5.00 paid.
The (?) following some of the surnames indicates that the spelling may
not be accurate.
1. He became the first person to hold the office of Secretary for the
2. He became the first person to hold the office of Vice President.
3. He became the first person to hold the office of German Secretary.
4. It is assumed that this group comprised the first Board of