Comanche National Bank And Texas Heritage

The Comanche National Bank is an institution in Comanche, Texas, one that has just “always” been here, right? Well, maybe not exactly but it has been a vital part of Comanche for a long, long time…since 1889, to be exact.

It was on the evening of December 19, 1889, that a man by the name of John B. Chilton met with a group of businessmen. Before the meeting closed, they had established a bank by the name of Comanche National Bank, elected a board of directors, and put up $50,000 worth of capital stock.

The bank received its charter the following March and by the end of the year, deposits had grown to $47,451 and total assets were $136,064. On April 14, 1891, the bank purchased the lot that would eventually hold the building that most of us today know as Star Beau’s Restaurant, located on the west end of the south side of the square.

The decade of the 90s was a booming time for construction in Comanche, Texas and on top of that, the railroad had arrived! The new courthouse that would be hailed as one of the most beautiful in the state was almost completed in 1891, and the Scottish stone cutters that did the work on the courthouse began the work on the beautiful bank building. This stonework can still be seen on the building today.

The Comanche National Bank occupied this building from January 1892 to June 1969. During that time it saw Texas droughts, two world wars, the Great Depression, Korea, and Vietnam, and yet it continued to grow and prosper.

On March 11, 1968, the bank purchased property from Higginbotham Bros. & Co. to build a new bank building. The new facility was opened on June 2, 1969, located just directly across Houston Street to the west (200 West Central Street) from the old building.

Of course, the bank just continued to grow and again outgrew its facilities. It purchased its present property from Dudley Brothers in 1984, and after extensive remodeling, the Comanche National Bank opened its new doors in April of 1987. Today, it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the town of Comanche.

How proud those men of 1889 would be to see what their investment has become today!

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About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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3 Responses to Comanche National Bank And Texas Heritage

  1. missy jones says:

    I was happy to be employed by Comanche National Bank for 24 years. When I began work there, Jack Moore was president, followed by Reginald Waggoner, then Jerry Vines. These were all wonderful men, and we all felt that we were a part of the organization. I could write you ten pages about the bank, but that was a wonderful part of my life, good organization, always an excellent board of directors and something that Comanche can be proud of. I was a happy part of the 100th year celebration in 1989. And that day, we had a big celebration, a big bar-b-que on the south east corner of the bank block, and lots and lots of customers to help us celebrate. Also, how wonderful of them to use that beautiful building that you see today, instead of bulldozing it down and putting up a square box. But, then, I am prejudiced. Missy Cox Jones

  2. Thank you for these posts about Comanche National Bank! It was part of my life as a kid.

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