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Contents of piggy bank revealed

August 17, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Wayne Barfels, 74, was born in Grundy County in 1939 and currently lives in Mason Ohio. As a child he was given a "piggy" bank as a gift and started saving his money. The bank stayed at the home of his parents, Marvin and Corinne Barfels until after Marvin's death in 2002.

He was always curious about the contents of the bank which reads German Savings Bank, Berlin, Iowa. He knew the city had been renamed Lincoln and the bank, Lincoln Savings after WW11. On a trip to Clear Lake on July 25, Wayne stopped in at the bank in Lincoln and asked if they could open the bank. After 30 minutes of trying assorted keys and a good amount of WD 40 ( as well as a few good jolts on the sidewalk) the bank opened to reveal $.70!

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Wayne Barfels and his bank.



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