Farmers State Bank to be honored by State Historical Society for 2011 Illinois Centennial and Sesquicentennial businesses

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

This Saturday, September 24, the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) will present its annual Centennial Awards at the Executive Mansion in Springfield. This year 40 Illinois corporations--for profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations that have done business in the state for 100 years or more-will be honored at a special dessert reception hosted by the 113-year-old historical society. One of the honorees is Farmers State Bank of Western Illinois.

"The Society's Centennial Awards program began in 1984 as a way to identify and recognize Illinois corporations that were founded here and continue to operate in the Prairie State," said William Furry, ISHS Executive Director. "To date the Society has honored more than 1,300 Illinois corporations and not-for-profits, from mom-and-pop cobbler shops to multi-national businesses."

Centennial Awards have been presented to banks and funeral homes, hardware stores and dairies, newspapers and cemetery associations, hospitals and universities, women's literary clubs and Moose lodges. This year's list of recipients includes more of the same, plus a new category: Illinois municipalities and government entities.

Farmers State Bank of Western Illinois was charted as the Farmers State Bank of Alpha on January 22, 1910. Located in Henry County in west central Illinois, The State Bank of Alpha became Alpha Banco, Inc., in May of 1980, with the principle stockholders Leon W. Robinson, Donald S. Robinson, and Thomas H. Robinson. Three years later Alpha Banco opened an office in New Windsor, the first banking facility to open in that community since the Great Depression. Alpha Banco purchased the Bank of Viola in 1988 and changed its corporate name to Farmers State Bank of Western Illinois, a name that more closely represents the community it serves. In the next two decades Alpha Banco acquired the Bank of Alexis and began construction on new banking facilities in Aledo and Viola. Today Farmers State Bank of Western Illinois proudly serves its loyal customers, and looks forward to a successful second century providing superior customer service to its neighbors. Accepting the award will be Bret Robinson.