“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Wallis in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Wallis State Bank

Wallis State Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, July 31, 2020
1. Wallis State Bank Marker

Settlement in this area began in the late 1830s. In 1880, when the Gulf, Colorado & San Fe Railway built a spur from Galveston to Temple, circumventing Houston, the community became known as Wallis Station and later Wallis, after a rail company executive. As the population grew with new residents and businesses, the community's need for a bank became apparent. In January 1906, with a capital investment of $10,000,  D.N. Harris, F.D. Brandt, J.H. Thompson, R.W. Thompson, J.F. Walters, L. Tillotson and W.A. Matthaei established the Wallis State Bank. Harris served as the bank's first president, Matthaei as secretary and O.R. Prouty as first Cashier.

The bank began its operation at this site, and in 1912, the company constructed a two-story brick building to replace the original small frame structure. The board of directors leased portions of the second floor to the justice of the peace and a masonic lodge. In 1918, the local economy justified the creation of a second bank, known as the Guaranty State Bank of Wallis. It merged with Wallis State Bank in 1927.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Wallis State Bank expanded
View from Wallis State Bank Marker toward the south image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, July 31, 2020
2. View from Wallis State Bank Marker toward the south
its business by opening branches in Fulshear, Houston, Meadows Place, San Antonio, and it also acquired Wallis and Eagle Lake branches of another banking institution. Along the way, the bank constructed new facilities here. Bank records indicate the ways of business in small town Texas over the years, with loans secured by collateral such as tractors, cows and horses. For more than 100 years, the bank has served Wallis residents, representing local strength and security.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13587.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 29° 37.891′ N, 96° 3.81′ W. Marker is in Wallis, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1093 and Railroad Street, on the right when traveling west on Highway 1093. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wallis TX 77485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martin Allen (approx. 4 miles away); Frydek Catholic Cemetery (approx. 9.6 miles away); Fulshear Black Cemetery (approx. 10.3 miles away); Albert and Ethel Herzstein (approx. 10.4 miles away); Fulshear Cemetery (approx. 10˝ miles
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away); Pittsville (approx. 10˝ miles away); Town of Fulshear (approx. 10.6 miles away); San Felipe de Austin (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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