Community State Bank of Missouri has celebrated over 125 years
of filling the financial service needs of Pike and Lincoln County
neighbors. The bank was founded in 1887 as the Bank of Curryville.
According to a centennial history of the bank published in the
Bowling Green Times in 1987, the Bank of Curryville was established
January 26, 1887 with $10,000 from its original stockholders.
One share was worth $100.
W. K. Biggs
was the first director and his family owned the controlling shares.
He served as president of the bank from 1887 to 1895. Other directors
were D. D. Rose, William H. Tinker, H. G. McCune, and William
Reading. Mr. Biggs’ son-in-law, W.J. Hawkins was the chief
executive officer from 1895 to 1915. At that time, two people
operated the bank. The CEO was the cashier and took deposits at
the window as well as making big loans. His son, Oley Hawkins,
succeeded Mr. Hawkins in 1915 as cashier. The other employee of
the bank at that time was Lucille Warren.
The Bank of
Curryville was founded on solid business principles. Good management
was proven when the bank survived the Depression of the 1930’s
under the leadership of Mr. Hawkins.
died in 1937 and a former bank examiner, G. B. Weber, became cashier,
a position he held until 1943 when Kennedy Bucks became cashier.
The bank operated in Curryville until 1945 when John McIlroy and
Sen. Edward Long bought it and moved it to Bowling Green.
In May 1945,
the guard changed from directors J. D. Gates, B. Brown, J. Henry
Sisson, W. Caldwell, and L.D. Harris to Sen. Long, Mr. McIlroy,
Mr. Harris, Leslie D. Long (father of Sen. Long), and W.T. McIlroy
(the father of Mr. McIlroy). Leslie T. McCulley was the managing
officer, followed by Lowell Pasley.
In 1957, Carl
E. Murray was appointed CEO and served in that position until
August 1, 1987. During Mr. Murray’s term, the Bank moved
to its present location on Church Street in 1968.
succeeded Mr. Murray. Mr. McCune had both professional and family
roots in the banking business. An employee of Community Bank since
1960, when he started as teller, Mr. McCune is the great great
nephew of H.G. McCune, one of the founding directors of the Bank
management the bank enjoyed continued growth. The Bowling Green
facility expanded in 1989 and a branch was opened in 1998 in Troy,
years of operating with two or a handful of employees, by the
time the bank celebrated a century of service in 1987, it had
18 employees. When Mr. McCune retired in 2006 the Bank had 30
full-time employees and three part-time employees in Bowling plus
10 full-time and three part-time employees in Troy.
in assets has accompanied the bank’s history of strong growth.
In 1946, capital accounts totaled about $60 thousand. Most recent
figures put capital accounts for the bank at approximately $25
In 1993, Mr.
John M. McIlroy, Sr. retired as President and Chairman of the
Board, he remained on the Board of Directors until his death in
late 2008. John M. McIlory Jr. was elected Chairman of the Board
and William C. McIlroy was elected to the position of President.
Mr. Philip Schaper, Jr served on the Board of Directors for 46
years until his death in 2009.
of Directors currently consists of John M. McIlroy Jr., Chairman
of the Board, William C. McIlroy, President, Margaret M. Goodin,
Tapley McCune, Paul B Hill, and Mark A Goodin.
In 2005 the
bank name changed from Community State Bank of Bowling Green to
Community State Bank of Missouri.
Paul B. Hill,
Executive Vice President and Mark A. Goodin, Executive Vice President
currently serve as Co-CEO and run the day-to-day activities of
the bank. Each of them has over 30 years of banking experience
with Community State Bank of Missouri.
worked in all areas of the bank and look forward to continuing
the tradition of responsible financial stability and excellent
service to the customers of Community State Bank of Missouri.