Stories from the Vault

Not your average bank mascot

12/1/2022
Lucy is the lone alligator at First National Bank of Alvin, otherwise known as the “Gator Bank,” located about 30 miles south of Houston.

The ‘youth market’

10/1/2022
A 1972 article in the Texas Bankers Record breaks down the issue between younger demographics and banking. Ironically, it’s still a pressing issue today.

Banks that take us back in time

6/1/2022
Sprinkled across the state are intriguing bank buildings that speak to Texas’ long history in the industry. Similar to the classic small-town Texas courthouses, these old bank buildings preserve much of our heritage.

A place in Texas banking history

3/30/2022
To date, five generations of the Ware family have led the bank through everything from bank robberies to turbulent financial conditions.

The Cisco Santa Robbery

1/31/2022
In 1927, 24-year-old Marshall Ratliff, donning a Santa suit, arrived at Cisco’s First National Bank with three accomplices to rob the bank.