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Ray Johnson, called on Feb. 26th with the following piece of history from LBC.

Prior to 1959- As a teenager he opened a bank account with LBC using his money from tobacco which was his FFA project that he took under Doc Franklin. Mr. Johnson graduated from Lewisburg School in May 1959 after the loss of his father in February 1959. In July 1959, his former Lewisburg Principal Joe Vance, who he spoke very highly of, offered to help him out as a young man. He asked him if he would be interested in moving to Indiana, which is where Mr. Vance was from. Mr. Johnson saw this as a great opportunity and Mr. Vance accompanied Mr. Johnson to the bank to see Mr. D.A. Ryan about a loan.

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Ray Johnson Note

Ray Johnson, called on Feb. 26th with the following piece of history from LBC.

Prior to 1959- As a teenager he opened a bank account with LBC using his money from tobacco which was his FFA project that he took under Doc Franklin.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Lewisburg School in May 1959 after the loss of his father in February 1959. In July 1959, his former Lewisburg Principal Joe Vance, who he spoke very highly of, offered to help him out as a young man. He asked him if he would be interested in moving to Indiana, which is where Mr. Vance was from. Mr. Johnson saw this as a great opportunity and Mr. Vance accompanied Mr. Johnson to the bank to see Mr. D.A. Ryan about a loan. Mr. Johnson stated that Mr. Vance co-signed a note for $100 for him to use to move and get a start. Mr. Johnson says he still has that $100 note framed and on his wall to this day. He recalled both Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Snead working for Lewisburg Bank, “they were the only two employees I ever knew, I would say everyone knew them.” He spoke kindly of both of them.

Mr. Vance was going home to see family in Indiana and offered Mr. Johnson a ride and introduced him to some friends/family. Mr. Johnson paid those friends $7 a week to live and eat until he was able to get on his feet. He recalled that he made $1.10 per hour, roughly $44 per week, which he used to live, save and pay off his debt to the bank promptly.

Mr. Johnson soon found work for Hertz Corporation in Indianapolis, which he still works for to this day. He worked hard and moved into the position of City Manager in Louisville, Kentucky in 1972. He then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1975, then to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota in 1976 and on to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1978. In 1979 he transferred to Orlando, Florida where he remained until 1993. He now lives in Ft. Myers, Florida where he still is employed at 78 years old by Hertz Corporation.

Mr. Johnson said through all those years of moving from state to state he continued to keep his checking account with Lewisburg Banking Company. He did his banking by mail from 6 states for over 43 years and in that time, he never had an issue with his check being credited to his account in a timely manner, thanks to the postal system and the bank. We want to thank Mr. Ray Johnson for sharing his testimony about LBC and his brother, Earl Johnson from Hartford, Kentucky for letting Ray know about the bank searching for these special pieces of history. We truly want to be the only bank you will ever want or need!

Lewisburg Letter
Lewisburg Letter
President Ollie Bland, Ethel Arnold, Bland Arnold and DA Ryan
President Ollie Bland, Ethel Arnold, Bland Arnold and DA Ryan

President Ollie Bland, Ethel Arnold, Bland Arnold and DA Ryan

Plaque
Plaque

Lewisburg Banking Company was chartered February 10, 1894.

News Paper 1st article
News Paper 1st article

BANKER, DAUGHTER MISSING

In December of 1965, Lewisburg Banking Company’s President Edgar C. Harper, 81, and his daughter and caregiver Ella Harper Givens, went missing from Mr. Harper’s home.

Investigators suspected foul play and began to search the surrounding area.

E.C. (Edgar) Harper
E.C. (Edgar) Harper

E.C. (Edgar) Harper

Served as President from January 1948 until his mysterious kidnapping and murder in November 1966.

Murphysboro Home image small
Murphysboro Home popout image

LBC Board Members:

Ben Brown - 2015, Barry Wright - 2012, Ricky Holloway - 2004, Edna Hughes - 2009,
Beth McKinney - 2004, Bill McReynolds - 1987, Trevor Christian - 2016


Beth McKinney

She was named first female Board Chair in 2015. She is the daughter of the late Bill and Gwyneth McKinney.

Edna H. Hughes

She was named the first female President/CEO of Lewisburg Banking Company in January 2016.

old bank building
old bank building

April 12, 1894- the first bank building acquired

Originally there were one hundred fifty shares at one-hundred dollars per share
Originally there were one hundred fifty shares at one-hundred dollars per share

Old Journal

Originally there were one hundred fifty shares at one-hundred dollars per share

News Paper Article 2
News Paper Article 2

Bodies of Murdered Banker, Daughter Found In North Logan Creed Bed

Several clues were being found, yet the mystery of this kidnapping continued. Four months passed before their bodies were discovered near a Martin Cemetery on Peach Orchard Road in North Logan County.

D.A. (Dewitt) Ryan
D.A. (Dewitt) Ryan

D.A. (Dewitt) Ryan

A leading citizen in the Lewisburg community for over seven decades. Mr. Ryan was born November 20, 1896. Mr. Ryan started with the bank in 1919 where he eventually became an officer, President and Director until his death in February 1985. He was described as “behind everything for the good of the community and was a businessman with a heart.” He was said to have a special character trait being that once he placed his trust in someone, rarely did that person fail him.

Old Lobby Picture
Old Lobby Picture
Dr. J.W. Hutchings
Dr. J.W. Hutchings

Dr. J.W. Hutchings

Was the first President of Lewisburg Banking Company where he served from 1894 for several years.

Old Safe
Old Safe

The bank opened with a capital investment of $15,000.

Downtown Lewisburg
Downtown Lewisburg

Downtown Lewisburg

The City of Lewisburg was incorporated in 1878, just sixteen years before the bank was formed.

News Paper Article 3
News Paper Article 3e

Bodies of Logan Banker, Daughter Found

The Kentucky State Police pursued the case for the next four years, eventually leading to the arrest of suspects and a lengthy yet interesting trial.

Bland Arnold
Bland Arnold

Bland Arnold

Spent much of his life employed by LBC where he served as Cashier and President. He was a descendant of some of the earliest and most distinguished families in Logan County.

Picture of Old Logo
Picture of Old Logo

July 12, 1894, The bank’s first day of business.

Check Protector
Check Protector
Armory Drive Ribbon Cutting
Armory Drive Ribbon Cutting

Armory Drive Ribbon Cutting

Armory Drive- Russellville drive thru location opened for business November 2009, as the third location.

Murphysboro Home image small
Murphysboro Home popout image

No Trace Of Missing Banker And Daughter

The book “Peach Orchard Road” by Roger Futrell, published in 1975, tells the story, or at least what is known, in its entirety. It has been out of publication for many years and is a rare find, but certainly a good read if you come across it.

Adairville office
Adairville office

Adairville office

Adairville office was acquired and opened for business January 18, 2011. This is the 4th location of LBC, all located in Logan County.

Original Ledger Books from 1894
Original Ledger Books from 1894

Original Ledger Books from 1894

Lewisburg Branch BW
Lewisburg Branch BW

The first day of business for the third and current Lewisburg location was August 4, 1983.

News Paper Article 4
News Paper Article 4
V.L. Price (picture with wife, Sarah)
V.L. Price (picture with wife, Sarah)

V.L. Price with wife, Sarah

Served as President from January 1944 through December 1947. He was a member of the Lewisburg Presbyterian Church, where every Sunday morning you would find him driving his “make-shift church bus,” a lumber truck with chairs on the bed of the truck. He served not only as Elder, but also made sure any individual wanting to attend church had the transportation to do so.

Lewisburg Bancshares
Lewisburg Bancshares

Lewisburg Bancshares

The bank’s Holding Company was formed on August 18, 1988.

Check
Check

Elvis Christian- Grandfather of LBC’s EVP Trevor Christian

Peach Orchard Road Home
Peach Orchard Road Home
Old Passbook
Old Passbook
News Paper Article 5
News Paper Article 5

Autopsy Reveals Brutal Beatings

In December of 1965, Lewisburg Banking Company’s President Edgar C. Harper, 81, and his daughter and caregiver Ella Harper Givens, went missing from Mr. Harper’s home.

Investigators suspected foul play and began to search the surrounding area. Several clues were being found, yet the mystery of this kidnapping continued.

Four months passed before their bodies were discovered near a Martin Cemetery on Peach Orchard Road in North Logan County. The Kentucky State Police pursued the case for the next four years, eventually leading to the arrest of suspects and a lengthy yet interesting trial.

The book “Peach Orchard Road” by Roger Futrell, published in 1975, tells the story, or at least what is known, in its entirety. It has been out of publication for many years and is a rare find, but certainly a good read if you come across it.

Picture of Russellville Office Celebration
Picture of Russellville Office Celebration

Russellville Office Celebration

The Russellville branch (the bank’s first branch location) located on Hopkinsville Road opened for business, June 14, 1993, with the Grand Opening Ceremonies held July 18, 1993.

MSecond Building built in 1923
Second Building built in 1923

Second Building built in 1923

Ray Johnson Note
Ray Johnson Note

Ray Johnson, called on Feb. 26th with the following piece of history from LBC.

Prior to 1959- As a teenager he opened a bank account with LBC using his money from tobacco which was his FFA project that he took under Doc Franklin.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Lewisburg School in May 1959 after the loss of his father in February 1959. In July 1959, his former Lewisburg Principal Joe Vance, who he spoke very highly of, offered to help him out as a young man. He asked him if he would be interested in moving to Indiana, which is where Mr. Vance was from. Mr. Johnson saw this as a great opportunity and Mr. Vance accompanied Mr. Johnson to the bank to see Mr. D.A. Ryan about a loan. Mr. Johnson stated that Mr. Vance co-signed a note for $100 for him to use to move and get a start. Mr. Johnson says he still has that $100 note framed and on his wall to this day. He recalled both Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Snead working for Lewisburg Bank, “they were the only two employees I ever knew, I would say everyone knew them.” He spoke kindly of both of them.

Mr. Vance was going home to see family in Indiana and offered Mr. Johnson a ride and introduced him to some friends/family. Mr. Johnson paid those friends $7 a week to live and eat until he was able to get on his feet. He recalled that he made $1.10 per hour, roughly $44 per week, which he used to live, save and pay off his debt to the bank promptly.

Mr. Johnson soon found work for Hertz Corporation in Indianapolis, which he still works for to this day. He worked hard and moved into the position of City Manager in Louisville, Kentucky in 1972. He then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1975, then to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota in 1976 and on to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1978. In 1979 he transferred to Orlando, Florida where he remained until 1993. He now lives in Ft. Myers, Florida where he still is employed at 78 years old by Hertz Corporation.

Mr. Johnson said through all those years of moving from state to state he continued to keep his checking account with Lewisburg Banking Company. He did his banking by mail from 6 states for over 43 years and in that time, he never had an issue with his check being credited to his account in a timely manner, thanks to the postal system and the bank. We want to thank Mr. Ray Johnson for sharing his testimony about LBC and his brother, Earl Johnson from Hartford, Kentucky for letting Ray know about the bank searching for these special pieces of history. We truly want to be the only bank you will ever want or need!

Bill and his wife Gwyneth McKinney
Bill and his wife Gwyneth McKinney

Bill and his wife Gwyneth McKinney

Picture of Bill and Gwyneth McKinney- Bill served as President from January 1987 until February 1994. He continued to serve on the bank’s Board of Directors for many years. Bill’s wife, Gwyneth, was a founding member of the Lewisburg/North Logan Historical Commission. Many of the historical pictures and facts featured on this page are thanks to her work and effort in creating a publication on the area.