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Original Bank Charter

August 2, 1889

First National Bank of Cameron Chartered
First National Bank was one of the first banks in the state to be granted a National Charter (Monty Humble, "A History of Banks in Cameron". The Texas Historian, September 1970, p. 8)

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August 22, 1889

FNB of Cameron opens doors
John M. Hefley invested the $50,000 needed for capital for the bank. The first meeting of the Board of Directors held on this day, John M. Hefley was elected President; R.H. Sellers, Vice President; C.P. Dodge, cashier; and T. F. Hardy, assistant cashier (Humble, p. 8) John M. Hefley served as President, Director and stockholder of the First National Bank in Cameron until death on December 20, 1903 (Williams, First National Bank in Cameron, p.3)

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1890

First Bank Building
After its first year of business, The First National Bank of Cameron conducted business in a two story brick building at the corner of First and Houston Streets where the present building now stands (Humble, p. 8).

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1904-1912

Bank Presidents
T.F. Hardy served as President from 1904 to 1905. J.N. Bradshaw served from 1905-1909. A.J. Dossett served until April 6, 1912. Mr. A.N. Green was added to the board of directors and elected president.

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March 3, 1921

New Bank Building
The new $75,000 home of the First National Bank of Cameron was modern in every particular as well as fire proof. The inside of the bank held a vault purchased for $4000 from the Mosler Safe Company in Hamilton, Ohio. The door weighed 22,000 pounds and was 11 1/2 inches thick. Its steel and cement walls were 22 inches thick and lined with half-inch sheets of manganese steel.

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1921

Vault picture
Lester and Beatrice Williams pictured with the bank vault (purchased from Mosler Safe Company of Hamilton, Ohio) that was installed in 1921.

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January 3, 1928

Ben Arnold State Bank Acquisition
In the late 1920's with the winds of Depression in the air, many small town banks began to fold or be absorbed by anks in larger communities. Ben Arnold State Bank on January 3, 1928 had total resources of $154,387.51 and was merged with Frist National Bank of Cameron.
Ben Arnnold State Bank; President: A.N. Green, Cashier: H.L. Gunn, Capital $10,000.00, Surplus $6,500.00, Total Resources: $154,387.51. In 1918 there were 907 State Banks in Texas with total resources of $288,990,273.00.

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1929-1931

Bank Presidents
S.W. Cheeves replaced Mr. Green and served until his death in 1931. R. H. McIntosh then acquired bank stock and served until 1933. Henry M. Hefley became president in 1933 and served until his death in 1945..

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December 17, 1931

Acquired Cameron State Bank

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August 29, 1933

2nd Bank Charter
After new Banking Acts were passed by the national government, The First National Bank of Cameron liquidated its stocks, and applied for a new bank charter.

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July 15, 1933

Bank officially rechartered with new name
The First National Bank in Cameron

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January 1946

Lester Williams Named President
A returned WWII veteran, Mr. Williams served as President until 1975.

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1955 and 1969

Bank Remodel
In 1955, ceilings were lowered and 1921 Bonnie and Clyde type teller cages were removed. In 1969, the outside of the two story building was reworked closing off all second story windows. A new two story addition was completed on the west side and a two lane drive-thru bank was added. 2900 square feet of office space was added, a community conference room and the lobby was also remodeled with walnut paneling, windows and customer safe deposit booths.

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1975

Richard E. Williams Named President
Richard E. Williams served as President until his death in 1986. Ernest Moore served as president until 1998.

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1955 and 1969

Bank Remodel
Added North wing of current building.

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1985

Bank ATM
First National Bank added its first ATM machine.

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1989

100th Anniversary

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1992 and 1993

Branch Acquisitions
We aquired two Rosebud Banks, The Planters National Bank of Rosebud, Texas on February 25, 1993 and First Consolidated Bank, N.A. Merchants on July 8, 1992.

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1995

Branch Acquisitions
We acquired Lee County National Bank in Giddings in June 30, 1995.

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1998

Richard E. Williams, Jr. Named President
Richard E. Williams is still serving as CEO and President of the bank.

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2003

Branch Openings
We opened a banking facility in Rockdale, TX on March 10, 2003.

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2008 and 2009

Branch Openings
A Loan Processing Office was opening in Bastrop, TX on December 1, 2008 and a main branch on June 9, 2009.

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November 1, 2007

Bank Name Change
The bank changed its name because the bank expanded their holdings to several cities that already had First National banks in their cities or counties. Same owndership, same staff, same product offerings, same hours and locations.

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March 12, 2012

Branch Acquisition
Classic Bank aquired Texas Savings Bank in Liberty Hill, Texas and opened for business on March 12, 2012.