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June 6, 2014

First National celebrates golden anniversary



Staying 50 years at one location is a milestone in today’s “here today, gone tomorrow” way of doing business.

First National Bank of Weatherford has been on Palo Pinto Street since 1964. In honor of that, the bank is hosting a celebration Friday, June 13, at its 220 Palo Pinto St. location beginning at 4:30 p.m. A number of activities are planned for the celebration.

Senior Vice President Evon Markum said they’ve planned a ribbon cutting with both the Weatherford and East Parker County Chambers of Commerce. During the event, the bank will open a time capsule placed in the bank’s vault on June 15, 1964.

Former bank president Lee Young left instructions for the capsule to be opened June 15, 2014, by him. If he was not able to open the capsule (he passed away in 1994), the bank president at that time should open it. 

“We hear there’s a lot of items of interest in the construction of the bank,” Markum said. “Catalogues, construction photos. All sorts of things.”

Markum said the construction of the bank in 1964 brought the first motor bank, or drive-thru, in Parker County. The new style of banking confused some at first but has now become a part of society, Markum noted.

“We’re excited and real proud of both 50 years on Palo Pinto (Street) and 134 years in Parker County,” Markum said.

Bank President Lin Bearden said that even with all the technology available today, people still want a personal relationship with their bank and that’s something that has kept First National going for the last 134 years.

“The same tenets that made us profitable all those years ago are what keeps us going today,” Bearden said. “Having a one-on-one conversation with someone is still what we pride ourselves on today.”

The celebration will also honor Betty Harrison for her 30 years at the bank. Harrison has been in the safe deposit box department since 1995 after being moved upstairs from bookkeeping.

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