Growing Up In The Comanche National Bank

You don’t have to live in Comanche long to come to the realization that the Comanche National Bank stands for community, family, and stability. In fact, these are the things that the bank has prided itself on ever since it was organized back in December of 1889.

First Bank Building

First Bank Building

And in case you’re wondering just how stable, think about this: 125 years and only 8 bank presidents!

1. John B. Chilton 1889-1891 and 1901-1933
2. J.H. Holmsley 1891-1901
3. William C. Chilton 1933-1960
4. Jack W. Moore 1960-1973
5. Reginald K. Waggoner 1973-1979
6. Jerry L. Vines 1979-1998
7. Kenneth Hagood 1999-2006
8. Jeff Stewart 2006-

In anticipation of the bank’s soon to be 125th birthday, texansunited.com went looking to see just who the current longest serving employees are and what they could tell us about the bank and their tenure there. What we found were five women who, by their own admission, quite literally “grew up” within the organization that is the Comanche National Bank.

All it took was looking at bank memorabilia, and they were all talking at once about things remembered!

Pictured are Sue, Vicki, Linda, Rhonda, and Pam.  All it took was looking at bank memorabilia, and they were all talking at once about things remembered!

Vicki Tackett was 18 when she began her tenure at Comanche National. Sue Creek was 19; Pam Hurt was 20, and Linda McKeehan and Rhonda Abbey were each 23, Rhonda just two days past her 23rd birthday!

Over the course of the next five months, texansunited.com will be running the stories of these ladies, and from just the little they have already shared, I can promise you that you will learn a lot; you’ll laugh and you’ll cry a lot as they relate decades of memories made within the walls of Comanche National.

Second Bank Building

Second Bank Building

You will also come to understand the sense of family within the bank.

“Comanche National was begun as a community bank, and it remains a community bank today,” the ladies told me.

“Our parents, our grandparents, our great-grandparents, and some of our children and grandchildren bank here. We have and will be serving this community for generations.”

And then the group turned reflective as Vicki said, “When I came to the bank, it was a much simpler time. We did everything manually. We had posting machines, but everything else we did on adding machines…”

“The old timey adding machines,” Linda broke in, “with the old time full keyboards.”

“We thought we were uptown when we finally got 10 key adding machines!” they all laughed.

“We did have a copy machine,” Pam remembered. “We posted off of counter checks, and we knew our people’s signature.”

At my question, the ladies  explained that they each had certain customers according to the alpha order of the last name.

“We posted the same people so we knew our people, and we knew their signatures!”

Third Bank Building

Third Bank Building

Everyone agreed that times were much simpler all those years ago.

Even applying for a job was simple.

“Back then, applications might be written on the back of a debit or credit slip, very informal…” the women trailed off.

“People didn’t think of cheating people back then. Your word was good, and people would die trying to pay you back,” Linda finished.

…to be continued…

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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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4 Responses to Growing Up In The Comanche National Bank

  1. Raymond Lozano says:

    I first move to Comanche in January 06, 1981 (on my birthday) with my family, first thing was to buy a house and yes Comanche National Bank help me with this purchase. Mickey Lofton was our loan officer, what a great experience. In 1999 I got a promotion and moved to Ft. Worth but I didn’t change my Bank, yes its the only Bank for me and my family. I will be moving back home one of these days. Until then keep up the great work!

  2. Charles L. Murray says:

    My wife Kay Chilton, is the great-granddaughter of J.B. Chilton, and we happily received the invitation to the 125th anniversary celebration. We look forward to attending, and Kay has a great surprise for anyone interested; a restored 16mm film taken by J.B.’s son (Also J.B., brother of Wm. C). This film is a scene of downtown Comanche, showing the bank and it’s activity, in the 1930s. Additionally, she has various newspaper articles, and possibly other materials which may be of interest to the bank and to any local historians. We live in Dallas and also Southern California, and we will round up and pack anything of interest that we can bring along.

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