State Bank was organized as Bank of Menard in 1903. The Bank’s
building was constructed of native stone and continues to serve as the
Bank’s Menard facility on the corner of San Saba Avenue and Bevans
Street. Operating as a private bank, it was organized by William
Bevans and Dick Russell for the settlers who had to keep money in
merchants' safes or ride sixty miles to do their banking. Officers of
the young bank were William Bevans, president; C. B. Mason, Cashier;
and W. P. Bevans, bookkeeper. In 1910 George C. Stengal of Mason
joined the bank as bookkeeper.
The Bank was
converted to a National Bank in 1919 and became known as Bevans
National Bank. William Bevans remained as president, W. P. Bevans was
Vice President, George C. Stengal was named Cashier, and W. A.
(Willie) Cannon was Assistant Cashier. On January 1, 1929 the Bank's
name was changed to the Bevans State Bank of Menard.
In 1964 a
historical medallion was placed on the front of the beautiful old rock
building. The inscription reads "Bank of Menard - 1903 - Built of
native stone for settlers then keeping money in merchants' safes or
riding 60 robber-infested miles to do banking. Recorded Texas
Historical Landmark, 1964."
renovation of the facilities was completed in summer 1982. The
renovation and expansion included a new drive-thru window, a new
vault, a new bookkeeping area and additional office space. The night
depository was relocated to the west side of the building adjacent to
the drive-thru facilities. In December 2000, the bank placed the
first ATM into service.
celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003 and on January 1, 2004
changed its name to First State Bank. The new name was adopted in
conjunction with the establishment of a full service banking location
in Abilene, Texas. Please contact us in Menard at 325-396-4550 or in
Abilene at 325-677-3000 or by email for all of your banking needs.
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