This May will be First National Bank's 110th anniversary. As we celebrate, we reflect on the leaders who thought an independent, community bank was necessary for Hartford and the surrounding communities. Thanks to the foresight of Otto P. Kissel, John G. Liver, and other civic and business leaders, First National Bank received federal banking charter #8671. It was issued by the Comptroller of the Currency on May 2, 1907, and at 8 a.m. the following Monday, on May 6, 1907, the doors of First National Bank opened for business with capital of $50,000.
Only five percent of community banks have been in business more than 100 years, and First National Bank is one of them.
For the last 110 years, First National Bank has served a crucial role in the Washington County economy, assisting consumers, farmers, start-ups, and small business owners in the area.
We believe so strongly in the value of an independent community bank because when you bank locally, your money is reinvested in the local economy, connecting us all and giving everyone a stake in the financial success of the community.
We don’t think our success and longevity is happenstance. As a community bank, we have a symbiotic relationship with the local community — one cannot thrive without the other. We feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a community that has supported us as much as we have supported it.
While we certainly have grown and changed over the last 110 years — our capital is now $22.9 million — what hasn’t changed is what you can expect from us. Simplicity, stability and loyalty.
It’s simple to do business with us.
We want to be your partner.
We always treat you well.
We will always continue to be tremendously invested in giving back to the community — whether that’s in the form of employee volunteer hours, serving on local boards, a financial contribution for a community project, or just our business philosophy of how we serve customers.
We are eternally grateful to the community members, customers, staff and shareholders who have supported us. We wouldn’t be here without all of you. We’re looking forward to the next 110.
If you know someone who is not our customer, we encourage you to refer them to First National Bank so they too can experience the value of an independent community bank.
Thank you, again.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information about our Community Banking Month activities in April and our 110th anniversary celebration events throughout the summer!
Rooted in our community, nurturing your dreams for the last 110 years.