A Look Back with the Smith Family
A Community Bank: For 108 years, the First National Bank of River Falls has played a key role in building the communities in Pierce and St. Croix counties. The Bank was chartered on January 4, 1904 to help promote the settlement and economic development of the Upper Midwest. Within that same year, local civic and business leaders acquired the Bank. Local ownership was finalized and has been ongoing ever since.
Family Owned and Operated: George Theodore Smith, a business leader and former Mayor, was the first of the Smith family to lead the Bank. First National continues to be locally owned and operated, directed by a Board that continues to consist of community business and civic leaders. The Smith family continues to play a key role in the Bank's management. Donna Smith served as Chairwoman Emeritus of the Board until her death in 2012. Patti Smith Neir serves as Chairperson of the Board, and Sandy Smith Wurm serves as Lead Director as well as the Special Projects Coordinator in the River Falls office.
Focused on Building Our Communities: First National has played a prominent role in the development of business and industry throughout Pierce and St. Croix counties. Through local decision making and community support programs the Bank remains strongly committed to its customers and its communities.
Looking Forward: The economic changes in recent years have been a challenge for everyone. First National Bank of River Falls, with additional offices in Prescott and UW-River Falls, remains listed as one of the highest rated banks in western Wisconsin. The First National Bank of River Falls looks forward to all the challenges ahead, and to many more decades of locally owned and operated community banking.