The Legendary Chief
Chief Tonganoxie was a man of peace. He chose to settle in an area that is now part of Southern Leavenworth County because of an abundance of timber, water and game. He shared the abundance of the land by offering meals, water and rest to travelers passing by his lodge. His hospitality was legendary.
The Chief’s image is synonymous with our bank values of listening, helping and being community driven. Our goal is to take care of our customers better than anyone else in every community that we serve.
History & Corporate Philosophy
First State Bank & Trust is an independent financial institution headquartered in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The bank has a long history of community service since its original charter in 1934, and that service continues today in our locations in Tonganoxie, Basehor, Lawrence, Perry, and Kansas City, Kansas. Owned by the current group of local stockholders since 1979, the owners and staff have made a commitment to remain independent and to maintain the spirit of excellence and service that is so important to the organization.
|1934||Originally First National Bank, First State Bank of Tonganoxie was Chartered on November 14, 1934 with assets $181,208|
|1979||The current group of investors become shareholders and are elected as directors|
|1982||First State Bank of Tonganoxie changes its corporate name to First State Bank & Trust.|
|1984||50th Anniversary of the Bank with assets $31,192,216|
|1990||January 27th Basehor, Kansas Bank opens|
|1995||Clearwater, Kansas Bank merger|
|1997||Bank in Lawrence, Kansas opens|
|1998||Second location opens in Tonganoxie, Kansas|
|2001||Second location opens in Lawrence, Kansas|
|2002||Merger with Bank of Perry|
|2007||New bank building in Basehor completed. Assets of $315,933,000 on 12/31/07|
|2008||First Legend Bank & Trust, a branch of First State Bank & Trust opens.|
First State Bank & Trust ... where banking is still a people business.