First Clover Leaf Bank celebrates 125 years

Every community has that place people can count on, a cornerstone other places are built upon and in Edwardsville that seems to be First Clover Leaf Bank.

"I'll run into somebody and be talking about it and tell them I'm with

First Clover Leaf Bank

and they'll say oh yes my grandfather started banking with you way back in 1904," Dave Kuhl, CEO and President of First Clover Leaf Bank says.

It's a bank that opened it's doors in 1889 in a room in the courthouse.

"it was a group of investors who basically said back in 1889 if this community is going to continue to grow we've got to be able to help the early settlers," Kuhl goes on to say.

Of course, back then they did things a little differently.

"One of the unique things about Clover Leaf Bank is we had such a great relationship with banks the Edwardsville National bank, for instance. If you look very closely at the top windows you'll see Clover Leaf Loan and so it was very unusual that a bank back then would rent to another financial institution," he points out.

These days they're not only friendly with other businesses, they've helped get them started. There's Annie's Frozen Custard, the Barber Shop, Holiday Cleaners and The Cyclery and Fitness Center just to name a few.

"One of the best parts of our job as bankers is to have a customer come in that we help start and they come in and ask us to help expand," Kuhl says.

He obviously wears his passion for the place on his sleeve or near it, but look around and you can see how hard the rest of the team works to make sure customers are taken care of when it comes to checking and savings accounts, credit cards and business loans.

But first and foremost, First Clover Leaf Bank is about this community and that hasn't changed in 125 years.


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