Sincere thanks to anti-fascist for providing the opportunity to make the following presentation. I have had it for years, without the ability to explain its relevance. Now that we know Romney claims Steel Dynamics as one of his successes, it is my earnest hope that now I will begin to make sense and be seen as relevant. Continued with images and narrative....
To begin, Fort Wayne National Corporation was a multi-bank holding company with illegal Articles of Incorporation made in 1969. You will see that, first of all multi-bank holding companies were not yet allowed in 1969, and the Articles as stated are the Articles of a manufacturing and industrial alliance. They say nothing at all about being associated for the purpose of bank holding, a requirement in U.S. Code. I have shown these Articles to a number of unpleasant attorneys who snarled at me and said, you must be mistaken, these ARE NOT the Articles of a bank holding company. But Kryder Real estate concealed by FWNC proves why this organization was actually functioning as a multi-bank holding company in 1969, making illegal Articles which were never properly re-stated.
First to note is that the Articles were approved by William N. Salin, 1969-1970 Indiana Secretary of state, now owner of the largest privately held bank in Indiana, Salin Bank. He was a member of Beers (Allen County GOP Chairman), Mallers (theatres), Backs, & Salin where Frank Kryder's Leo cousin-by-marriage, Kenneth W. Maxfield was of counsel.
Now Leo, Indiana, where the Kryders made their last Plat in 1944, Kryders Addition to the Town of Leo, is a little bitty town. There, following the death of Frank Kryder, Maxfields acquired the area Harvester dealership, were Presidents in money-stuffed Grabill Bank, and unlike the Kryders, hadn't much Real Estate to begin with. Though Maxfields deny any knowledge of the Frank Kryders and their Real Estate Companies, it is seen that Orange W. Maxfield, former president of Grabill Bank, signed Frank H. Kryder's WWI draft registration in Leo.
Rep. Mark Souder is from Leo, Indiana. He published a book, Country Folk, on the history of Leo-Cedarville family, neglecting completely to mention that John Kryder III, a Republican candidate for State Senator in the 1860 Lincoln election, Justice of the Peace, and gentleman farmer had lived in the area since the early 1800's. Nor was it mentioned that Clarence Frank and Minnie Kryder, who lived on various lands in Grabill, Leo, and surrounding areas, including DeKalb County, went on to build Fort Wayne's residential neighborhoods 1919-1954. Mr. Souder left that out, but he made quite a glorified presentation of the new North American Van Lines quarters, headed by Kenneth Maxfield, after Frank H. Kryder died in 1966.
Some time ago I called a branch of the family in Leo, Mr. Dick Kryder, to ask him about Kenneth W. Maxfield.
"Kenny???" he said with more than faint surprise, "He's not a lawyer, he's just North American Van Lines."
He just wouldn't believe me since he and Maxfields had been Leo neighbors for generations. Kenny was NOT a lawyer or he'd of known.
Yet, just a few miles away in the City of Fort Wayne, Kenneth W. Maxfield, according to yellow page ads, was "Of-counsel" in the law firm of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin.
For purposes of identifying a geographic banking cell, or several financial institutions operating as 1 vs. the public, the green dollar signs on the Map Quest graphic are:
2002 Location of Fort Wayne National Corporation/Fort Wayne National Bank, Lincoln National Corporation/Lincoln Bank and Trust Company, and Salin Bank and Trust in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana
Also located in the Fort Wayne Bank Building: Bordner and Felger, The Kryder Company, Inc. Baker and Daniels, Beers, Mallers, Backs, and Salin; Central Soya and some North American Van Lines Offices (formerly).