FNB celebrating 150th anniversary on Saturday

First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and parties are being held in each community First National Bank serves.
The Vandalia celebration is this Saturday, from 4-8 p.m., at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.  
The celebration will include free food, such as pulled pork sandwiches; prize drawings, facepainting, a rope maker, and a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.
Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman will be reading a proclamation observing First National Bank’s sesquicentennial celebration.
Michael Radliff, First National president and chief executive officer, said, “While the final battles of the Civil War were concluding in 1865, First National Bank was founded as the National Bank of Vandalia, a locally owned financial institution.
“During the next century and a half, First National Bank has changed names four times to reflect changes in the communities we serve. Today, we remain one of the 10 oldest banks chartered in Illinois,” Radliff said.
“The significance of this anniversary allows us to take time to thank our customers, employees and stockholders for intentionally working together to better the communities in which we live.  As stated on our website, ‘The intent of the bank remains the same as it was in 1865, to help provide financial services for our customers, and to actively promote the well-being of our communities.’”

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