- The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on April 10, 2016, at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway #9 South of Brockwell at 2 p.m. Mrs. Carolyn Atkinson, President of the society, welcomes anyone to attend this informative meeting and to enjoy some refreshments after the session. The public is urged to bring mementos, pictures, newspaper articles, etc. about Calico Rock or the bank to the meeting as tables will display these articles for viewing.
Montgomery and Mondalyn McCormack will share information about The State Bank of Calico Rock and about Mr. E. C. Rodman, Cashier of the bank. They will also share some of the “happenings” at the bank over the years that might be of interest to everyone.
known in the Arkansas Bankers Association, Rodman entered the Bluff City Bank of Calico Rock in 1909 at the age of 21. In 1914, the Bluff City Bank merged with Peoples Bank and became the State Bank of Calico Rock. From 1909 to 1978 he was with the same banking institution except for the time he served in World War One. Rodman was one of Izard County’s best known and most respected citizens. He was a supporter of various civic clubs, the Calico Rock Public School Board, and taught a Bible Class at the Calico Rock Methodist Church.
Farmer Montgomery began working at the State Bank of Calico Rock on October 2, 1956, following graduation from high school. She started as a secretary and did just about every job in the bank at some time. She attended various banking schools over the years. She was affiliated with various banking organizations and served as Secretary and later as President of the Ozark Mountain Bank Women. She retired on October 2, 1998, as Senior Vice President and Cashier of First National Bank of Izard County (formerly State Bank of Calico Rock) after working 42 years for the same bank in three different locations. Since retirement she has done quite a bit of traveling and stays busy with various activities around her home in Elizabeth, AR”
Caldwell McCormack started work at the State Bank of Calico Rock in 1945 while she was still a senior in high school. After she was married, she moved with her family to Kansas and lived there until they returned to Calico Rock in 1958. Soon after that she returned to work at the bank as a bookkeeper. She held that position until 1970 when the bank moved into new facilities and she became drive-in teller. She was named Assistant Cashier and held that position and continued to be drive-in teller until her retirement in 1992. Since retirement she has been involved in various activities in the Calico Rock area, including being a member of the Community Medical Center Board of Directors and is active in Hospice.”
At the April 10, 2016, meeting of the Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society Joann Farmer Montgomery of Elizabeth, Arkansas, and Mondalyn Caldwell McCormack of Calico Rock, Arkansas presented:
Mr. E. C. Rodman, The State Bank of Calico Rock, Arkansas, and “Happenings” at the Bank
ladies informed the group that Mr. Rodman was born September 29, 1888. He was the son of Walter Rodman and Martha Benbrook Rodman. He married Hattie Estes, and they had one child, a daughter named Mavis.
. Rodman went to work, part time, in 1907 for the Bluff City Bank at Calico Rock. Two years later, he was employed full time at the same bank. On April 21, 1914, the name of the bank was changed to State Bank of Calico Rock, and he was promoted to Cashier at a salary of $70.00 per month.
worked for the same bank for the remainder of his life, and he retained the same title, although he was offered other titles over the years. His death occurred August 5, 1978, and he lacked a few weeks being 90 years old. At the time of his death, Rodman was credited with being the oldest active banker in the state of Arkansas.
1917, Rodman became an original stockholder of the bank and was elected Secretary of the bank’s Board of Directors, a position he retained until his death. During his long banking career, he saw many changes, Montgomery said. Originally, posting was done by hand. Eventually, he obtained an Underwood manual typewriter, and he typed with the forefingers of each hand. His desk was at the front of the long, narrow bank building. The original bank building had bars on the tellers’ windows, no restroom, a wood stove for heat, and a safe in the vault. Mr. Rodman had a private office, but he wanted his desk to be in the open area, where he knew what was going on. When the space was outgrown, the directors studied cost of a new building for months before committing the necessary $100,000 for it. It was an ordeal to move the heavy safe, and some worried about moving the money, which was moved secretly – not in the safe.
the second bank building was occupied in October, 1970, it was air-conditioned and had bathrooms and a drive-in window. Approximately 135-140 bank customers utilized the drive-in daily. McCormack remembers trailer loads of cattle and sheep driving through. In case of a storm, she was to take the money tray from the drive-in to the vault.
. Rodman’s love of flowers was exhibited almost daily at the bank. He would use a Coca-Cola bottle as a bud vase and keep a flower in it during season, especially purple Irises. His yard was full of flowers, and he was a member of the Garden Club.