UP: To United Bank, which celebrated its 173rd anniversary on Friday. The bank opened its doors as the Northwestern Bank of Virginia before Parkersburg was even a town. Since then, the bank has grown into a bank holding company with $8.5 billion in assets and duel headquarters in Charleston and Washington, D.C. United celebrated its anniversary with another longtime tradition: giving away shamrocks at all its Wood and Jackson County locations. This giveaway was started in 1902 by bank President Charles Neeley. Congratulations to United for its long history of being a financial foundation not only in Wood County, but nationally.