Fowler State Bank was established as a private bank on Dec. 5, 1899, in Fowler, by A.M. Lipsey, who served as cashier. The bank was originally known as the Bank of Fowler. The bank became incorporated as the Fowler State Bank on Oct. 14, 1907, with Lipsey serving as president.
In July, 1920, Hurley W. Fox, who had been associated with the Merchants National Bank in Lawrence, Kansas, bought Fowler State Bank and moved to Fowler with his family. Fox was president and chairman of the board of directors of the bank for a period of 34 years until his death in 1954. His son, Joseph M. Fox, assumed the presidency at that time. Joseph had been with the bank since his graduation from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1937.
Mrs. H. W. Fox, Hurley’s wife, became chairman of the board in 1954 until her death in 1986.
Jonathan Fox, son of Joseph and Maxine, began working in the bank in eighth grade as janitor, and continued through his high school years. Upon his graduation from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1980, Jonathan Fox became associated as an officer with Fowler State Bank. He assumed the position of CEO and chairman of the board upon his father’s death in 1992 and continues in those roles today.
Longtime officer Doyle Marvin became president until his retirement.
Joseph Fox’s wife, Maxine, had active roles with the bank, including serving as vice chairman of the board of directors until her death in 2001. Joseph and Maxine’s daughter, Lynette…