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Thursday Throwback: $200 in 1814

TT 1814Digging through the vaults, we discovered a check for $200. Crunching the numbers, this check would be worth over $2,897 today!

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.

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Thursday Throwback: Cash When You Needed It

UntitledWhile it may seem like ATMs have been around forever, it wasn’t until the late 1970s and early 80s that the machines really started to gain popularity. In 1984, First County Bank made the “totally radical” move of installing machines in all of our branches – giving customers and neighbors easy access to their cash.

Since the installation of those original machines, we have kept pace with technological advances. Today, visitors to our branches will find ATMs that allow them to complete many banking functions, as well as make deposits without an envelope.

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.

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Thursday Throwback: Stars and Stripes Fundraiser

On October 18, 2001 employees of First County Bank, still experiencing profound shock and sadness from the then recent events of 9/11, held a special fundraiser to help organizations that were assisting victims and families of victims. $8,500 was raised during what was called “Stars and Stripes Day.”

Twin Towers in Manhattan New York City and flag on Liberty Island New York

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using the hashtag #FirstCounty165.

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Thursday Throwback: Schuyler Merritt

Photo credit: Library of Congress

Photo credit: Library of Congress

For many of our customers, traveling the Merritt Parkway is part of their day-to-day activities. But did you know Shuyler Merritt, for whom the Parkway was named, was a member of the First County Bank family?

The first vice president of the Stamford Civic League, and a member of the 1904 Connecticut Constitutional Convention which helped rewrite the state’s governing document, Merritt was elected as a corporator at Stamford Savings in 1909. The following year, with the support of Gen. William W. Skiddy, a fellow corporator at Stamford Savings Bank, Merritt was elected to the State Board of Education.

Merritt served as a Corporator until 1917, the same year he was elected to the first of six consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. Learn more about Shuyler Merritt through the Stamford Historical Society.

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using the hashtag #FirstCounty165.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Important Anniversaries

Pictured: Advertisement from the Bank’s 90th anniversary.

Pictured: Advertisement from the Bank’s 90th anniversary.

In 1951, the Bank prepared to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. As we closed the books on the first century of service, the Bank held over 27,000 savings and Club accounts. It wouldn’t be until 1976, with the Connecticut legislature authoring new services for mutual banks, that Stamford Savings would introduce personal checking accounts.

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using the hashtag #FirstCounty165.

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Looking back on Thursdays

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation.

To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using the hashtag #FirstCounty165.

First County Bank branches 160 Atlantic St Stamford, CT

Boasting just one dozen employees, Stamford Savings Bank (now known as First County Bank), opened it’s doors in September 1851. The first savings account was opened in the name of Hezekiah Slaterlee with a deposit of $5.