1881 Citizens National Bank Note This bank note is for $288.58 in September of 1881. Thats a lot of money back then. I did a little research and found the person writing the check, David K. Gillespie, ran a grainery in the kirkwood area. The person receiving the check, William Valentine, was a farmer in the kirkwood area. This check being written in September indicates it is most likely payment for a crop William brought in.