Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher accepted the key to the building at a  ceremony this morning from Marty James, president of the bank’s North Central Region of the Greater Missouri Region.


The City of Boonville has officially become owner of the old UMB Bank building at the corner of Main and Spring Streets.

The bank donated the building to the city.

 Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher accepted the key to the building at a ceremony this morning from Marty James, president of the bank’s North Central Region of the Greater Missouri Region.

James said that plans to donate the building to the city started in March 2005. The plans stalled until late summer 2008 when James met with former UMB Bank CEO Crosby Kemper Jr. and City Planner Megan McGuire. James said the meeting proved positive.

In January 2009 James said that the bank’s board of directors approved the donation.

James said that the Kemper family — which owns numerous other buildings around Boonville — has a long history of donating them to the community. He said buildings such as the Old Jail and Hanging Barn, City Hall and Thespian Hall have been donated over the years by the Kemper family.

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