First National Bank is an independent, local community bank,
established in 1875 in Bellevue Ohio. As a local community bank, we
focus our attention on the needs of local families, businesses, and
farmers. We pride ourselves in knowing our customers by their first
name and the owners of the businesses in the communities we serve.
Our Employees live and work in the communities we serve. They
devote their time to coach local sports teams, serve on local not
for profit boards, lead scouting groups and get involved in many
other community activities. We take a responsible approach to
financial services. We believe in excellent personalized customer
service. When you put your money in First National Bank you are
helping your friends and neighbors develop small business, run
family farms, finance college, purchase homes and build financial
security. This is because your money is reinvested back in our
community through loans to the neighborhoods where our depositors
live and work, helping to keep our community vibrant and growing.
We continue to offer competitive products and services that are
beneficial to our customers. We have five (5) convenient offices available to serve you
and several ATMs located
throughout the area.
We are totally committed to serving the financial needs of each
community we serve. We're safe. We're Trustworthy. We're
Local.We're "Your Bank of a Lifetime®"
First National Bank of Bellevue received its national charter on
September 30, 1875. At that time, the founding fathers made a
commitment to serve the needs of the Bellevue area, and this has
been carried forth through the generations, from that day forward.
The dedication of this independent, home-owned financial
institution was maintained in the Bellevue area until leadership
responded to the needs of the Catawba community.
On July 5, 1988, First National Bank opened its doors at 200
S.E. Catawba Road, Port Clinton. The full-service branch facility
was housed in a modular office building and was staffed with
quality, efficient personnel. Subsequently, in the summer of 1990,
an automatic teller machine (ATM)
was installed to better service the off-hour needs of our
customers, as well as seasonal tourists.
This office soon grew beyond its capacity and the decision was
made to expand the facility into a more permanent structure.
Throughout the summer of 1992, the community anxiously awaited the
completion of the enlarged, state-of-the-art facility. Along with
this expansion, the ATM machine
was housed in the drive-thru lanes complete with three modern
drive-thru units. The completed facility was opened for business in
October, 1992 and stands ready to service the full needs of the
permanent residential and seasonal tourist communities, as well as
the surrounding areas.
When a large bank announced its intent to close their branch
office at Put-in-Bay, First National Bank seized the opportunity to
service the needs of that community. On April 10, 1991, the Bank
officially opened its full-service branch at 172 Delaware Avenue.
This small office was located in the rear of the fudge shop. At
this same time, an ATM was placed
in the Island General Store to service the needs of the community
during bank after-hours.
The Bank welcomed the opportunity to transfer this machine over
to the newly constructed Bath House in DeRivera Park in the spring
of 1992. With this location change, the residential and seasonal
tourist users witnessed an improved accommodation for transacting
With the expansion of business, the Bank soon realized its need
to enhance its facility. Land was purchased at 180 Erie Street and
plans to construct a modern office structure were underway by the
fall of 1992. Local residents watched as the new building was
"floated" across Lake Erie aboard the Miller Boatline Ferry. The
building was completely constructed in a factory with final
construction of the two units taking place on-site. By mid-summer
of 1993, the Bank welcomed its customers to this enlarged facility
exhibiting its nautical decor.
In 1995, the Bank announced its plans to again respond to the
needs of Ottawa County residents and business concerns, with the
purchase of the former Elks building at 117 W. Perry Street in
downtown Port Clinton. The Bank razed that structure and erected an
eye-appealing, functional office space designed to enhance the
financial services of the area. We are proud to mention that this
office building received the 1996 Beautification Award from the
Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
First National Bank opened its first office located within the
boundaries of Erie County, with the purchase of a former bank site
located at 3410 Venice Road. Management then proceeded to complete
extensive building modifications required to update the facility
and extend financial services to the residents and businesses in
that area. The doors at this office were opened to the public for
the first time on January 30, 1998.