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First National Bank of Vinita celebrating 125th anniversary

First National Bank of Vinita

First National Bank of Vinita is celebrating its 125th anniversary Wednesday by going back to its roots with a familiar symbol to reach the world in the next century.

From its beginnings on the ground floor of the Cobb Hotel in 1892 to three Grand Lake locations — in Vinita, Grove, and Cleora — the focus of bank has always been its commitment to customers.

First National Bank opened its doors on March 15, 1892, when Sam Leforce, a prominent cattleman, saddled up his cow pony, rode into Vinita and entered the Cobb Hotel. There in the corner of the hotel was a group of men.

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