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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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