Eastman National Bank
The first bank to be chartered in Kay County was the Bank of Santa Fe. The bank opened its doors in Newkirk on October 9, 1893, and was founded by E. B. Eastman. An industrial brochure published in 1900 described the bank as "doing a general banking and collection business with capital stock of $10,000, deposits $60,000, surplus and profits $8,000, cash and sight exchange $4,500."
Having the distinction of being the first and oldest bank in Kay County and the Cherokee Outlet, The Eastman National Bank has weathered every financial storm and crisis during the past 113 years. It was operated as the Bank of Santa Fe until 1908 when a national charter was obtained and it became the Eastman National Bank.
Many other banks have contributed to the financial history and tradition of Eastman. The State Guaranty Bank of Newkirk was taken over by Eastman in 1911. In 1927 the Security State Bank of Newkirk consolidated with Eastman. The First National Bank of Newkirk was absorbed by Eastman in 1933 and in 1936 The Farmers State Bank of Newkirk was merged into Eastman. Banks in Kildare and Peckham were also obtained by Eastman.
In the fall of 2004, a group of Ponca City investors purchased majority interest in Eastman National Bancshares, Inc. which owns 100% of the stock in Eastman National Bank. Shortly thereafter, a Ponca City branch was opened at 3rd and Grand which contained a drive-in location at 2nd and Central.
Eastman National Bank opened a full service branch at North 5th and East Prospect in the winter of 2005. This convenient location is complete with an ATM in the Drive-In.
Today The Eastman National Bank stands as a strong and secure monument to the strength and progress of its trade area. Eastman continues to provide funds for stable growth and development of the area.