|FNB opened for business on the Oxford Square on October 10, 1910 in the building that is now occupied by Duvalls. The picture on the right, was taken of this building shortly before FNB moved into it. It is believed that this photo was taken in 1909, the year the sidewalks were paved.|
|Photograph courtesy of The University Museums, University of Mississippi.|
|The picture to the left shows the Bank as it appears today. The photo was taken over the right shoulder of the William Faulkner statue in front of City Hall. In 1918, William Faulkner, then 20 years old, worked in the bookkeeping department of First National. It is fitting that William's statue appears to be watching the Bank today. His grandfather, J.W.T. Faulkner, was the first President of First National and firmly believed in keeping a close eye on Bank business.|
|His desk was located in the middle of the lobby to allow him to observe all business being conducted. During his term as Bank President, Mr. Faulkner was one of a few Oxford residents who owned an automobile. The story is often told of the evening, after circling the Square several times, Mr. Faulkner asked his driver to stop in front of the Bank. Mr. Faulkner stepped from the vehicle, picked up a piece of brick and threw it through the front window of the Bank. When questioned why he did this, his reply was "It was my brick, my Bank and my Buick!"|
|In 1920, Joseph A. Parks became the Bank's second President and served in that capacity until 1951. Mr. Parks was a very prudent man and is credited with keeping the Bank open during the depression. FNB was the only bank in Oxford to accomplish this. It is said that Mr. Parks would loan his own money to customers to help them survive tough times. As FNB grew, its leadership never failed to respond to the needs of its customers.
|In the 1940's, the Bank moved to the northwest corner of the Square and occupied the bottom floor of the Colonial Hotel building. The picture to the bottom left shows the Bank during that time.|
|The Bank stayed in that location until 1963 when it moved back across North|
|Lamar to its present site. The picture above shows the bank on the northeast corner in the late 1960's.|
|As Oxford began to grow, FNB realized the need to expand its services to other areas of town. In 1970, we opened our first branch office at 821 North Lamar. This branch has two lobby teller windows, a drive up window and new account and lending services on site.
In 1974, the south side of Oxford began to experience growth. In response, a second branch office was opened to serve this area at 2149 South Lamar. Our Medical Center Branch, at the intersection of Highway 6 and South Lamar, is the only banking office located south of Highway 6 in Oxford.
In 1977, First National found another opportunity to expand its services and provide more convenience to our customers. The University Branch, located in front of the Oxford Mall, and at the main entrance to the University of Mississippi, was opened in October of that year. This branch serves its customers with three lobby teller windows, three drive up teller windows, a drive up ATM, and new account and lending services.
In the years that followed, an ATM was installed in the Student Union on campus. In 1997, the Main Office on the Square underwent a complete renovation, adding a second floor and a covered parking garage.
Today, FNB Oxford has over 65 employees who are a crucial part of this community. Not only do they contribute to the economic well-being of Lafayette County by providing loans and other banking services, they also contribute to the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through civic and charitable activities. You'll find the employees of FNB active in local churches, coaching sports, working in the schools, volunteering with organizations such as Save Our Children and the United Way and raising funds for health organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Our employees and directors serve on many community boards and the bank is represented in almost every civic organization.
Oxford and Lafayette County have been home for FNB for almost a century and we commit all of our resources to the continued prosperity of our community.