Our History
Celebrating 100 Years of Community Service


"If it's not good for our customers, it's not good for the Bank" is the philosophy that has guided the First State Bank since 1914.

The family banking philosophy began with Orin Baertsch in 1917, the father of Don Baertsch, who started his banking career in 1947 as an FDIC examiner. Don started his community banking career at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Beach, with Tom Hudson as president in 1963.

Dee Ann Baertsch began her banking career in 1989 buying the First State Bank in Golva with her father Don who became her partner and mentor, training Dee Ann according to his experience, philosophy and dedication to community banking. "If it's not good for our customers, it's not good for the Bank." In 1996 the bank expanded to Beach and in 2001, Sandy Baertsch became the manager of the new Medora station.

Continually growing thanks to the trust of the community First State Bank offers full, friendly service for all your banking needs at competitive rates by local people who care. The First State Bank of Golva, Beach and Medora have a commitment to the community, sharing a common past continuously since 1914.