First National Bank of Beeville

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A 1913 postcard with an image of a two-story, brick building labeled "First National Bank Building, Beeville, Texas." The postcard was sent from Beeville January 24, 1913 and addressed to Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Billingsly in Mineral, Texas. Part of the postcard is damaged, but the text reads "...certainly did...ourselves while w...all day think I will fo...my good time any ways...You must come and see us when you come...With Love from R[..]erta & Lonnie"

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1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

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Creator: Unknown. January 24, 1913.

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This postcard is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2009 and was provided by Bee County Historical Commission to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 134 times, with 4 in the last month. More information about this postcard can be viewed below.

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Bee County Historical Commission

Bee County, located in the Rio Grande plain in South Central Texas, grew out of the early settlement of the area by Irish and Mexican settlers and the 19th-century cattle ranching that continues to this day. Bee County's history has been preserved through the work of the Commission as well as the Rescuing Texas History Project.

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Description

A 1913 postcard with an image of a two-story, brick building labeled "First National Bank Building, Beeville, Texas." The postcard was sent from Beeville January 24, 1913 and addressed to Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Billingsly in Mineral, Texas. Part of the postcard is damaged, but the text reads "...certainly did...ourselves while w...all day think I will fo...my good time any ways...You must come and see us when you come...With Love from R[..]erta & Lonnie"

Physical Description

1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

Notes

The First National Bank of Beeville was organized on December 30, 1889, and opened in 1890. Prior to the opening of First National Bank, people left their money either in sacks under loose floor boards behind the counter of Captain A.C. Jones’ store on the east side of the Public Square, or in kegs under that same counter. The increase in population and trade volume brought on by the arrival of SA&AP, and the Gulf, Western & Pacific Railroads in the late 1880’s made the establishment of a bank necessary. The First National Bank of Beeville opened on the courthouse square in 1890. In 1894 it relocated to this ornate brick building on the corner of Bowie and North Washington, where it remained for sixty-six years. It moved to 111 East Corpus Christi St. in 1960. In 1984, the bank moved to its present site at 1400 E. Houston St. In business for over a century, it is one of the few independent and locally owned banks in Texas.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2009

Photographs, oral histories, artwork, letters, and more. These more than 5,000 items give a glimpse into the diverse people that have called Texas home over the years. Funding provided by the Summerlee Foundation.

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  • January 24, 1913

Added to The The Portal to Texas History

  • Feb. 20, 2010, 6:28 p.m.

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  • July 26, 2012, 12:17 p.m.

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First National Bank of Beeville, postcard, January 24, 1913; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth78763/: accessed September 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bee County Historical Commission.