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About First Option Bank

Serving Our Customers Since 1923

Since the moment we opened our doors in 1923, First Option Bank’s top priority has been to serve our customers by providing them with the best banking services while serving as a steward of the community. We believe it’s our job to help you thrive financially, and to make the communities we serve a better place to call home.

There have been many changes in the banking industry during our decades of existence. But even with all the changes, First Option Bank has thrived with the dedication of the owners and staff, along with the support of our customers.

Community involvement, superior customer service, honesty and integrity are long-standing traditions of First Option Bank. Those traditions will continue as we look forward to serving our communities even better in the future.

Our History

  • 1923 - First Option Bank, formerly known as First National Bank, was chartered as a federal bank and opened for business in Osawatomie, Kansas.
  • 1970 - Ted E. Lewis purchased the bank. The bank still operates under the ownership of the Lewis family today.
  • 1975 - A new facility was built and opened for business at 601 Main in Osawatomie.
  • 1993 - The First Option Bank office opened in Paola, Kansas.
  • 1999 - The bank name is changed to First Option Bank with a desire to create an image and identity separate from over 50 First National Banks in Kansas at that time.
  • 1999 - The bank converted from a national to a state charter.
  • 2000 - First Option Bank opened an office in LaCygne, Kansas in May.
  • 2000 - The Louisburg, Kansas First Option Bank location opened in August.
  • 2007 - The Spring Hill, Kansas First Option Bank location opened in September.
  • 2009 – Trust Services were added.
  • 2018 – Financial Services wing constructed at the Paola location, combining Trust and Investment Services.

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