In 1889, the history of The Farmers State Bank began
with H.G. Bloom opening Farmers Bank in New Madison, Ohio. Mr.
Bloom was the sole shareholder and president of the bank until his death
in 1907. After his death, the bank moved locations within New
Madison and the name was changed to the Farmers Banking Company.
Operations continued as the Farmers Banking Company
until 1919, when a State Banking Charter was obtained and the name was
changed to The Farmers State Bank. Over the next several years,
ownership of the bank changed as the Bloom family divested ownership to
others within the New Madison community.
In 1926, E.H Coblentz joined the bank as an
Assistant Cashier and progressed through the bank to become President and
Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1949. He continued with the
bank until his death in 1967. E.H. was followed by his son, Clay S.
Coblentz, who assumed the Presidency of the bank until 1983. Clay
continued to serve the bank as Chairman of the Board of Directors until
his death in 1991.
Clay's son, Jack A. Coblentz, joined the Board of
Directors in 1964 serving in various capacities as a Bank Officer and
Director over the years. Jack followed the footsteps of his father
and grandfather as he currently is Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Bank growth was slow and steady for the first fifty
years of operation, but in 1969 a new building was constructed at 101
South Main Street, New Madison, Ohio to house the banking operations.
Growth opportunities in Darke County Ohio prompted the bank to expand to
Greenville, Ohio in 1979 with a location at 1107 Sweitzer Street,
Greenville, Ohio, which is across from the Great Darke County
Fairgrounds. The first banking center outside of Darke County was opened
in 1989 at 618 South Washington Street, New Paris, Ohio.
A second location was opened in Greenville in 2000 at 675 Wagner
Ave. In 2009, a branch was opened in Warren County at 65 West Central
Avenue, Springboro, Ohio. The sixth and most recent location was opened
in 2014 at 100 North Commerce Street, Lewisburg, Ohio.