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Mission & History

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About Us

Serving You. Building Community.

Our Mission Statement

Marion County Bank is a premier full-service financial institution, operating safely and profitably within a framework of shared integrity. Working together, we will deliver superior financial solutions. We will emphasize strong client relationships, a passion for the community and a culture built on Christian values. Our success will build value for our clients, staff, community and shareholders.

Our History

Marion County State Bank’s roots had its beginnings through The First National Bank of Harvey, which was organized in 1903.

The First National Bank of Harvey was owned by the A.L. Harvey family for many years. They sold the bank to the Kenneth H. Bean and William L. Bean in the 1920’s.

First National Bank was the only bank of 23 in the county that had opened after the 1933 National Bank Holiday on a 100% basis without any loss to depositors. (Following the bank holiday, only six of the 23 banks in the county reopened).

In 1935, Kenneth Bean voluntarily liquidated his First National Bank of Harvey and secured a new state charter for Marion County State Bank of Pella. The Harvey Bank then became a branch office of the Marion County State Bank until the Harvey office was destroyed by fire.

The bank opened with the motto “Marion County’s Fastest Growing Bank,” and it lived up to its motto. From 1935-1937 its assets doubled. By 1945, its assets had multiplied nine times its starting size.

In 1961, the Bean family sold controlling interest to three Vermeer brothers – Ralph J., Gary J. and Harry G. Vermeer.

Marion County Bank added a second location that honors the heritage of the community in 1976.  The Windmill Drive Up Bank is located at 414 Main Street in Pella and offers the convenience of two drive up lanes, an ATM lane and two walk-up teller windows.  When the windmill blades are turning, the Windmill Bank is open and ready to serve!

In 2000, Marion County Bank continued to remain locally owned when the Vermeer family sold ownership to Pella Financial Group, Inc. Under this new ownership, a group of local investors as well as the bank’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan share ownership.

In 2019, Marion County Bank expanded their footprint to span Marion County through the purchase of Iowa State Savings Bank in Knoxville and Melcher-Dallas.  In this next chapter, a complete rebrand began to unite its communities through one community bank. As they continue to grow, Marion County Bank seeks to be an advocate for each of its communities it serves.

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