A Guide to the Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection, c.1865 Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection Ms2011-080

Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection c.1865

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-080


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Processed by: Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-080
Title
Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection, c.1865
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Language
English
Abstract
The eight documents (c. 1865) within the collection detail a bank embezzlement case from the Blacksburg Branch of the Farmers Bank in Virginia. Nicholas M. Ronald, brother to the Confederate Hero Charles A. Ronald, supposedly swindled patrons into writing him checks that would pay off their account deficits. Much of the collection consists of testimonials attesting to that suspicion.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection, must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection, Ms2011-080, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections at Virginia Tech purchased the Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection, in August 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection was completed in September 2011.


Historical Note

Nicholas M. Ronald was the son of William S. Ronald and Mary Crow. Before the Civil War, Ronald worked as a merchant in Blacksburg, Va. He and his fellow merchants served as an original director of the Blacksburg Savings Institute. Ronald was the younger brother to Confederate War hero Charles A. Ronald. The latter led the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment of the Stonewall Brigade but resigned from service in September 1863 after a debilitating thigh injury sustained in battle. Both brothers owned the Phillips-Ronald house (Five Chimneys) in Blacksburg--the home of their widowed sister Sarah Kent.

Scope and Content

The eight documents (c. 1865) within the collection detail a bank embezzlement case from the Blacksburg Branch of the Farmers Bank in Virginia. The testimonies recorded within the collection name Nicholas M. Ronald, a bank teller, as the main suspect.

Ronald's modus operandi involved him instructing patrons to write him checks that would supposedly pay off account deficits. One Oscar Callison "paid N. M. Ronald, Teller of the Farmers Bank..$131.30 the balance of Mrs. M.A. Callison's Account." Another George T. Gray "paid...Ronald...$135 to be placed to the credit of P. w. Evang [Evangelist?]." Ronald supposedly pocketed these, and many other, checks.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type

Index Terms

    Geographical Names:

  • Roanoke (Va.)
  • Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Papers, c. 1865