|Object Name||Animal, Stuffed|
|Description||Plush elk animal toy distributed by The Bank of Elk Grove, 1978.|
|Collection||Schuette Biermann Farmhouse Museum Collection|
The Bank of Elk Grove opened in April 1963 at the Park N' Shop (22 Park and Shop) at the southeast corner of Higgins Road and Arlington Heights Road with Forrest E. Hansen as the first bank president. Prior to the opening in 1963, the bank operated out of temporary headquarters at 25 Park N' Shop primarily financing new and used cars.
In 1978, the bank offered "Grover," a stuffed elk, as a promotional piece to anyone making a minimum deposit into a new or existing savings or checking account. People could also purchase the toy for $7.95 each after any qualifying deposit. A six-foot replica of the stuffed elk was displayed in the bank lobby. Many of these were also distributed free of charge to children in the pediatrics ward at Alexian Brothers Medical Center.