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.
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, 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, 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 were A. J. King, J. L. Hensley, Marshall Murray, Lawrence O. Rude, Everit L. Sliter
The bank, once the Flathead Valley’s smallest, becomes the largest independent bank in Northwest Montana.
Valley Bank becomes 1st Montana Bank to be named a “Bank Americard” Agent (known later as Visa)
The construction of the bank’s new ‘motor’ bank is finished.
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 a two-year term as president of the Independent Bankers Association of America.
Money Magazine includes Valley Bank among its top 100 Safest Banks in America. The bank also receives this recognition in 1989.
Valley Bank hits $100MM in assets.
The bank celebrates 100th year in business.
The bank celebrates 50 years in the Kalispell downtown location
The Bank is currently worth over $110MM in assets and continues to be a Locally Owned and Operated Community Bank.
Present Bank Directors are Mark Hensley, Gary Madison, Charles Eble, Brent Estep and Kathy Bauska