Built on the Past ~ Banking for the Future

On April 11, 1911 the Citizens State Bank was started by A. A. “Tony” Griffiths. The bank opened in Gridley, Kansas, in the present-day Gridley City Hall building. In 1964 the Trimble family purchased the bank, and in 1982 the Citizens State Bank moved into a new building in Gridley, where the main office is still located. Since then, Citizens State Bank has grown to nine locations. 

Photo: Black and White Photo of the Original Citizens State Bank

1911 - The Citizens State Bank was started by A. A. “Tony” Griffiths in 1911. The original shareholders were A. A. Griffiths, W. M. Pilcher, Fred Simpson, C. E. Pilcher, M. B. Crow, George Bear, J. N. Todd, F. F. Dreyer, George Fletcher, J. I. Shook, and S. F. Crow. Frank Bell was cashier and M. B. Crow was the assistant cashier.

1935 - M. B. Crow, A. A. “Tony” Griffiths son-in-law, became the bank president in 1935.

1964 - Ival Trimble purchased controlling interest of Citizens State Bank.


1974 - Bruce Trimble, current bank president, joined Citizens State Bank to assist in daily operations and management.


1982 - Construction of a new bank building in Gridley was completed and the bank moved across the street to the current location at 410 East Main Street.


1986 - Due to the bank’s growth and expansion, a branch location was established in New Strawn.


1993 - Citizens State Bank acquired The First National Bank in Hamilton, opening the door for expansion into Greenwood County.


1997 - The Madison branch was established in 1997, as the need arose for two locations in Greenwood County.

2001 - A new branch location was created in Lyndon, as Citizens State Bank expanded into Osage County.


2002 - Citizens State Bank acquired the Burlington Branch of Home Savings Bank, creating a branch location in Burlington.


2010 - The purchase of the First National Bank of LeRoy established the seventh location of Citizens State Bank, located at 601 North Main Street in LeRoy, Kansas.


2011 - Citizens State Bank celebrated 100 years of banking. Some of the events included old fashioned homemade ice cream socials at each location.


2012 - Citizens State Bank expands into the Flint Hills, purchasing a branch bank in Emporia, Kansas and the Exchange National Bank in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.


2021 - The merger of Olpe State Bank with Citizens State Bank, established the tenth location at 202 Westphalia Street in Olpe, Kansas.


Photo: Current Citizens State Bank Building in Gridley

During the last century, many things in the banking world have changed, but the values on which Citizens State Bank was built remain the same. We are a full service financial institution, organized and operated to meet the financial needs of individuals, businesses, and organizations. Our goal is to thoroughly know our customers and provide outstanding customer service.