Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First National Bank of Hallettsville
Oldest bank in Lavaca County; has operated in this city block continuously since its establishment by Friench Simpson (1848-1923) and Carey Shaw (1854-1944), former employees of the J. H. Simpson Bank, Columbus. Shaw was also one of the original officers in the Texas Bankers Association, founded in 1885.
In 1888, the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad was being built through Hallettsville. When S. A. A. P. construction gang reached here, the need for a local bank became apparent, and Simpson and Shaw organized "The Lavaca Bank" as a private institution, opening for business in southeast corner of the Kroschel General Merchandise Store, in this block.
In 1890, they chartered the Lavaca County National Bank of Hallettsville, and took over entire Kroschel Building. In this bank, Shaw was President; T. Y. Hill, Vice President; Friench Simpson, Cashier; H. M. Tippett, Assistant Cashier; Joe Kahn and T. H. James, Directors.
Present name was adopted at bank's rechartering on May 21, 1910. Carey Shaw continued as a director until 1909; Friench Simpson until October 13, 1914. Succeeding generations of the Simpson
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1797.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 29° 26.668′ N, 96° 56.599′ W. Marker is in Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 South Main Street, Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 50th Anniversary of Battle of Galveston (within shouting distance of this marker); Lavaca County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Hallettsville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cole Theatre (about 500 feet away); Site of the Alma Male and Female Institute (about 800 feet away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Hallettsville (approx. ¼ mile away); First Methodist Church of Hallettsville (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
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