The F&M Bank celebrates a century of service
The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Springfield (F&M) is celebrating a century of service with activities this week.
A community dinner is being served from 5:00 to 7:00 today in the Springfield Area Community Center where music will be provided by the James McGuire Jazz Trio. All are welcome. Horse-drawn wagon rides and children’s activities will be provided from 4:30 to 6:30. Coffee and cookies will be served in the F&M Banks in both Springfield and Morgan during banking hours every day this week. Bank memorabilia will be on display in the Springfield lobby. Everyone is invited to stop in to greet the bankers, reminisce, look over the memorabilia and enjoy refreshments.”
“We started planning for our centennial celebration early in the year,” said F&M Bank President Paul Pieschel, the third generation leading the bank. “We have a committee and everybody on our staff has pitched in and have taken a lot of pride in the planning and preparation.”
“I remember when we had our fiftieth anniversary, but we were still a young bank then, and the thought of being around for our one-hundredth anniversary never entered my mind. But, God willing, here we are,” said Mike Pieschel, whose father, Frank Pieschel, was one of the founders of the bank. “Seeing how it’s progressed and what’s been accomplished for the business and community makes me feel pretty good. We built the culture, but this culture was in place when I came back,” in 1953 just out of college and law school. “The bank was strong and appreciated in the community at that time. We worked on the culture and it has really progressed a long, long way. It took a lot of good people who not only had an interest in the bank but in the community.”
See complete story in this week's issue of the Springfield Advance-Press.