Batavian Bank, La Crosse, WI, check proof on india, American Bank Note Co. 1870s with matching side wheeler large die proof
The Batavian Bank was founded by Gysbert Van Steenwyk, a Dutch native who settled in La Crosse after immigrating to Milwaukee. Van Steenwyk was an important Democrat, with Milwaukee capitalist and European banking connections. He became mayor and was a member of the La Crosse Board of Trade. The Batavian Bank financed La Crosse’s transportation from a lumber town to a center of diversified manufacturing. Van Steenwyk contributed greatly to the development of La Crosse. He brought capitol and connections. The Batavian Bank helped finance La Crosse into the Industrial Age.