The Valley Bank Story

Founding of Valley Bank

1911

Founding of Valley Bank

The original charter of Valley Bank is established as the State Bank of Somers. Five employees serve the bank in its first building, a small spot in downtown Somers.

First Robbery

1929

First Robbery

The bank experiences its first robbery by a drunken man on horseback brandishing cap guns. His granddaughter is still a customer of the bank today

J.L. Hensley, President

1961

J.L. Hensley, President

J.L. Hensley, who began his tenure with the bank in 1958, becomes the president. By this time, the bank has already established a nationwide reputation as one of the county’s oldest, most trustworthy banks.

A.J. King, Co-Owner

1963

A.J. King, Co-Owner

A.J. King, a Columbia Falls man, establishes co-ownership of the bank. Within two years, he’ll be appointed as a cashier and vice president.

Original Bank Directors

1964

Original Bank Directors

Original Bank Directors were A. J. King, J. L. Hensley, Marshall Murray, Lawrence O. Rudy, Everit L. Sliter

Largest Independent Bank

1967

The bank, once the Flathead Valley’s smallest, becomes the largest independent bank in Northwest Montana.

“Americard” Agent

1968

“Americard” Agent

Valley Bank becomes 1st Montana Bank to be named a “Bank Americard” Agent (known later as Visa)

‘Motor’ Bank

1979

‘Motor’ Bank

The construction of the bank’s new ‘motor’ bank is finished.

First Kalispell Robbery

1979

The Kalispell location is robbed for the first time by a customer’s son who lived two blocks away. The teller counted the money out for him. He was caught.

King Serves as President of IBAA

1984

King serves a two-year term as president of the Independent Bankers Association of America.

Money Magazine:
Top 100 Safest Banks

1988

Money Magazine:<br /> Top 100 Safest Banks

Money Magazine includes Valley Bank among its top 100 Safest Banks in America. The bank also receives this recognition in 1989.

$100 Million in assets

1998

Valley Bank hits $100MM in assets.

100 Years in Business

2011

The bank celebrates 100th year in business.

50 Years in Downtown Kalispell

2014

The bank celebrates 50 years in the Kalispell downtown location

Present Bank Directors

2015

Present Bank Directors

Present Bank Directors are A. J. King, Mark Hensley, Ron Rosenberg, Gary Madison, Brent Estep

$110 Million in Assets

2016

The Bank is currently worth over $110MM in assets and continues to be a Locally Owned and Operated Community Bank.