The American National Bank built a new building on this corner in 1962. Prior to that year, it was located at 114 S. First Street and was the only bank in Rogers from 1931 until 1956. The bank was under the leadership of T.E. Harris, and his sons, Lawrence, Ray, and Gene Harris from 1925 until 1975.
In 1964, the name of the American National Bank was changed to the First National Bank. In 1975, Sam Walton and his family acquired the bank, and the new president was Carl Baggett.
In 1981, the First National Bank underwent a major renovation and expansion resulting in the present complex that includes almost the entire block. During this expansion, several older buildings and businesses were acquired and removed including: the Corner Cafe, Shaddox Conoco gas station, Wesner's Grill, and a two story brick building that housed Vance Hill Auto Parks and Jim Tucker Real Estate.
In April 2000, the First National Bank became Arvest Bank. It was started in 1915 and is the only bank that survived the Great Depressions.
After the retirement of Carl Baggett in 1996, Robert Brothers became president where he served until he retired in December 2009 when David Short became the president.
Location. 36° 19.997′ N, 94° 7.065′ W. Marker is in Rogers
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daisy Airgun Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Victory Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Harris Baking Company (about 500 feet away); Historic Rogers Post Office Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); F-101B Voodoo (approx. 2.7 miles away); All Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cross Hollows (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rogers.
Also see . . . Arvest Bank History. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 165 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.