Gray County State Bank Chartered In 1907

The Gray County State Bank in Pampa, Texas, was chartered on September 30, 1907. The incorporators and directors of the bank at the time of charter were J.T. Crawford, Jr., H.B. Lovett, George Thut, Jr., Siler Faulkner, J.S. Wynne and D.J. Young.

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Apparently J.S. Wynne was President and J.T. Crawford, Jr. was Cashier from the time of organization until Wynne’s retirement in 1919.

The Fairview Cemetery Association met at the Gray County State Bank on May 22, 1909.

At some time before 1929, the Gray County State Bank moved across the street to the red brick building at 100 S. Cuyler. The first Pampa City Directory (in 1929) lists these officers: C.L. Thomas, president, J.M. Dodson, vice-president and A.J. McAlister, cashier.

The bank went into voluntary liquidation on March 6, 1929, and was succeeded by Pampa National Bank on March 9, 1929. The Pampa City Directory for 1930 lists these officers: J.M. Dodson, president; C.B. Barnard, vice-president and A.J. McAlister, cashier.

The Pampa City Directory for 1931 lists these officers: J.M. Dodson, president; C.B. Barnard, vice-president; A.J. McAlister, cashier and C.M. Carlock, A.L. Prigmore and A.F. Hall, assistant cashiers.

The directors were J.M. Dodson, L.C. McConnell, D. W. Osborne, J.M. Saunders, C.B. Barnard, E.E. Reynolds and R.S. McConnell.

The slogan was “Large Enough to Serve You; Small Enough to Know You.”

On August 15, 1931, the Board of Directors of the First National Bank were called to a Special Meeting by B.E. Finley, President. The object of the meeting was to authorize the President and Cashier of the First National Bank to enter into a contract with the President and Cashier of the Pampa National Bank whereby the First National Bank would purchase all of the assets and assume all of the book liabilities of the Pampa National Bank as shown by the general ledger of the Pampa National Bank at the close of business on August 8, 1931.

Approval to execute the proposed contract was signed by P.C. Ledrick, T.H. Lane, J.R. Henry, De Lea Vicars and B.E. Finley, Directors.

In succeeding years 100 S. Cuyler was the address for these businesses: Pampa Drug No. 2 (C. T. Hunkapillar) 1932-1936; Perkins Pharmacy (Tom Perkins) – 1937-1944; Berry’s Pharmacy (Henry C. Berry) – 1945-1950; Clyde’s Pharmacy (Clyde Oswalt) – 1951-1956; The Fabric Center – 1960; De Jon’s Jewelry- 1964; State Farm Insurance (Glen Courtney) – 1968-1982.

On September 22, 1982, the building at 100 S. Cuyler was completely destroyed by fire. At that time the building belonged to the Panhandle Tower company owned by Joe, R.D. “Red” and Bill Hawkins. In the debris were a board with the sign, Gray County State Bank,” and a safe used by the bank.

For several years the corner at 100 S. Cuyler was the parking lot for Nace and Osborne Rentals and Investments at 101 W. Foster. The property at 100 S. Cuyler is now owned by Gene Lewis of Action Realty.

Over 200 Articles, written by Eloise Lane, were published in the Pampa News. These articles may be accessed by clicking on each section below. A list of articles will be revealed that are linked to a page containing the text of the article.

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