Vickie Tackett graduated from Comanche High School in 1969 and by her own admission, she “wasn’t really qualified to get a job. I didn’t want to go to college so when my dad suggested that I attend Central Texas Commercial College in Brownwood, I agreed.
“Right before I was to get certified in secretarial and accounting, Daddy told me that Comanche National Bank had an opening. I went in to see Jack Moore and he took out one of those famous credit slips and wrote my application on it. He called daddy and told him if I wanted the job, I had it.”
Don’t you just find yourself sighing over the days when an application could be filled out on a scrap of paper, and no one even considered doing a background or credit check on you? In fact, did credit checks even exist back then?
“I began working at Comanche National on May 18, 1970. Believe it or not, when I started, there were only twelve other employees who worked there. Today, we probably have 70+ people who work at the bank.
“When I first started at the bank, there was a huge, gray machine setting there, and that was our proof machine. That was what we ran our work through to prove…there was no tech, no computers nor posting machines or adding machines. All of our work went through that one machine!
“We don’t have enough time for me to tell you all of the changes that have come to the bank since then. We sorted our checks by hand, with two trays. One was for A-I and the other for J-Z. AND, we sorted by hand every single day, and then put them together alphabetically. We did this for 100s of checks per day.”
Of course, my question was how in the world did they have the time to do that.
“There weren’t as many regulations back then…or any of the things that bog us down today. Everybody did everything. When someone had a free moment, he would sort checks, first putting them together with paper clips and then with a rubber band around them. It amazes me that we got it done!
“In that big gray proof machine, we had a pocket for State National Bank checks the rest we sent into another pocket. About 9:30 every morning, someone would walk down to State National Bank, and we’d trade checks. In the afternoon, we’d reverse the process and they’d come to us. Can you even imagine leaving the bank with customers’ checks? Back then, it was just the way it was.”
Of course, Vickie has as many good things to say about former bank president, Reg Waggoner, as I do.
“Reg was so good to us. If we got behind, he would come back to bookkeeping and help file checks. Or he’d pick up work for us, slap it on the proof machine, and say, ‘Let’s hit it!’ He was an awesome.
“Your family came first with Reg, and he was the best guy anyone could work for. We all appreciated so much that he understood when we had to be out with our kids or families. We lost him and Donald Hall a week apart, and that was one of the hardest times the bank has had. It was a pretty rough, rough time.”
And those were not the only hard days those who have worked at CNB have had to endure.
“I will never forget how horrified we all were when Mr. Moore collapsed and died at our Christmas party at PAR.”
And yet, each time, bank employees did what they always do…they got it together and they went back to work, serving the people of the area.
“Back then, when we balanced everyday, there was a ledger where we would post the deposits and the checks, and then we would hand those over to the person who was posting on the statements. All of this was printed on a long sheet of paper and we would break it down through the alphabet. Then, we would make sure that our deposits, checks, and ending balance were all in balance. If they weren’t, it could be a long drawn out process as we went down that piece of paper, looking for the mistake and correcting it!
“Today, it all goes through a machine that proves it for us. Of course, we now have to be so very, very careful to protect customer identity, etc. We live in a different world, and we have to be so much more careful than we did back then. “
Of course, today the Comanche National Bank consists of two large buildings, and it allows employees more time to concentrate on what they need to do. According to everyone I have interviewed, governmental red tape is huge, and that is just a 21st century fact.
“When I went to work, it was a simpler time. We were a pretty happy go lucky bunch, and we didn’t have the pressure of the regulations and laws that we do today. Of course, it is because of those regs and laws that we have so many more employees than we did when I first started at the bank.
“I think the years I spent working at the drive-through window were my most fun years. It was Peggy Scott and I who were locked in the old drive-through that was located where the public parking lot is now. We worked so well together, and we were good at what we did. We loved our customers, and they loved us. We gave them sympathy, comic relief, etc.
“One time my speaker was not working, but every now and then I could pound the counter and get it to come on. A customer came up and I said hello. It worked for that one word, but then it went out again. I started pounding it to get it on and when it came on, the customer said, “Lady I’m hurrying as fast as I can!”
“I was so embarrassed, but today it is a funny story and just one of thousands of wonderful memories of my years at Comanche National Bank.”This is paid advertising. If you’d like to see your business featured on texansunited.com, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.