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Chairman's Corner - 06/12





June 30, 2012 marked the 116th anniversary of the day First State Bank & Trust Co. opened its doors for the first time.  Founded in 1896, First State Bank has served generations of Kansas families.  To put this timeframe into perspective, the state of Kansas itself was founded in 1861, so Kansans only had to wait thirty-five years for First State Bank to come along.

A few notable events taking place in Kansas at the time of our founding:

  For K-State fans-

  • K-State’s first official football game was held in 1896.
  • The Kansas State Collegian, the daily student newspaper, was first published in 1896.

  For KU fans-

  • The University of Kansas Graduate School was organized in 1896.
  • The first official collegiate basketball game was played in 1896 (not by KU), and two years later the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, came to KU to start their basketball program.

In addition to being a well established bank, it is good to note that we are a strong bank.  We regularly receive the highest rankings by third parties who track the industry.  You can learn more about our BauerFinancial 5-star ranking by clicking the 5-star logo on our home page.

Our strength gives us the flexibility to invest, and to make the changes which will be required to serve the next generations of Kansans.  We are currently upgrading our online platforms, strengthening our fraud protection systems, and providing additional services and conveniences to our business customers.   All these upgrades are being done while simultaneously meeting the vastly increased compliance requirements established by the recent Dodd-Frank Act. 

I invite you to explore our website and contact us if we can provide you with any additional services.  Our customers are the best, and we want to provide you with the high-quality banking you have come to expect from us over the past 116 years.




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