by Kinsey Love, marketing manager, Lewiston State Bank
“It’s the people that make Lewiston State Bank,” said president and CEO Anthony Hall.
“Both the loyal customers and the dedicated employees give Lewiston State Bank its signature sense of community,” Anthony said.
He noted that many of his employees know their customers personally. They know about their customers’ families, current happenings, and their financial stories.
“It’s this personal relationship that has allowed us to fulfill our customers’ needs for the past 110 years,” Anthony said.
“Lewiston State Bank customers know that our employees will take care of them with absolute integrity,” said Cindy Johnson, Lewiston’s operations manager and loan officer. She once had an experience with a customer who came in with a large, very dirty cardboard box. He sat down and said he wanted to make a deposit.
“The box looked like it had been buried in the back yard for years,” Cindy said. “I came to find out that it had. The money was stinky, dirty and nearly disintegrating in our hands.”
At that time, money had to be counted and collected manually. Despite the uncommon situation, Cindy and her associates took care of the customer with respect.
In September 1905, a group of 42 local citizens organized Lewiston State Bank to serve the local farmers of the Lewiston community.
Lewiston, Utah, population 1,759, still serves as the headquarters for Lewiston State Bank.
Throughout its 110-year history, the bank prospered and grew along with the community, keeping up with technology and changing demands that shaped the day-to-day operations.
Over the next century, several national events occurred that had a direct impact on most of the banking industry. For example, the Great Depression and stock market crash of 1929 had a devastating effect on economic conditions nationwide. Still, Lewiston State Bank survived the Great Depression, became stronger and is still successful today.
Lewiston State Bank is founded on the principles that it serves individuals and communities by providing safe financial services with exceptional care. The bank maintains its sense of community by supporting local businesses, charities and schools.
Beaver Mountain, a long-time customer of Lewiston State Bank, has benefited from the bank’s support throughout the years.
“The thing we love about [Lewiston State Bank] is that it’s a hometown bank,”said Marge Seeholzer, owner of Beaver Mountain. “You’re not a number, but a person. They look at your individual needs and try to help you out.”
“My grandfather started out banking with Lewiston State Bank, so it was kind of like coming home, coming back to them as a customer,” said Paul Merrill, owner and CEO of Casper’s Ice Cream and current customer of Lewiston State Bank.
Lewiston State Bank is excited to celebrate its 110-year anniversary.
Since 1905, the bank has enjoyed a rich culture of community and personal relationships. As the bank moves into the future, the team will establish technology, programs and relationships that will continue to build on its tradition of quality service.