This story was written sometine around 1910. It comes from a pictorial souvenir brochure, Bentonville. Arkansas, The Fruit City. It gives a history of the bank from that time periord. The bank was located at 155 W. Central. This building later housed the city hall, the library and the municipal court.
One of the most important factors in the business development of Bentonville is the number and quality of the banking institutions, and of these one of the best and strongest banks in Northwest Arkansas is the Benton County National Bank. This institution has been identified in a prominent way with the city's advancement for the past twenty-five years. The officers and directors of this bank can take due credit to thenselves and their institution for having done their share in the up-building of Bentonville. This bank has a paid-up capital of $60,000.00; surplus and profits, net. $43,456.30, and deposits, taken from the last statement, $219,189.37
Image of the exterior of the Benton County National Bank
The character of the business transacted by this bank is general, and its abundant resources make it admirably adapted to the handling of this business; however, this is not to be taken as meaning that small accounts are not solicited.
Interior of the Benton County National Bank
The officers and directors of the bank are as follows: R. A. Pickens, president; J. D. Bryan, vice president; C. R. Craig, vice president; J. D. Covey, Cashier; E. C. Pickens, assistant cashier: J. N. Covey, assistant cashier. The directorate is composed of the following prominent business men: C. R. Craig, J. D. Bryan, R. A. Pickens, J. D. Covey, L. A. Pace, T. M. Wyatt, J. G. Hennon, W. A. Dickson, Dr. R. O. Pickens. These men stand high in the estimation of all who know them, both financially and otherwise, and they are men in whom the public can place implicit trust and confidence. Their management assures that the business will be conducted along the same safe and conservative lines as have characterized its dealings in the past, and this means that it will be attended by the same measure of success and confidence that has been a most important factor in its growth.