Artifact of the Month
Hopalong Cassidy Bank
Donated by Mrs. Eugene Eddy
The Hopalong Cassidy Savings Club was offered by Springdale's First State Bank in the 1950s as a way to teach kids the value of saving money. Those who joined the club were given a genuine Hopalong Cassidy piggy bank.
First State Bank of Springdale was organized in 1923. The first board of directors included Tom Hargis, G. E. Loudermilk, Elmer Johnson, J. R. Joyce, and William R. Bunch. Shelby Ford, who served as the bank's president during the rise of the Northwest Arkansas poultry industry in the 1940s-1960s, became known as the "Chicken Banker" because of his willingness to advance funds to the financially-risky poultry business.