The First National Bank of Jayton was established in 1907 by pioneers of Kent County, Robert Goodall, Thomas E. Murdoch, Joe L. Lay and Thomas Fowler. After a few years of operating out of the Garnett Hotel Building, the bank began plans for their own building. In 1912 the building was constructed in the typical style of early 20th century banks with added features from the architect, Rockwell H. Stuckey, such as the domed skylight. In their new building, the bank prospered serving a primarily agrarian customer base until 1932 when it went into the receivership of the Comptroller of the U.S. Currency and became another victim of a worldwide pattern of business failures.
In 1955, an 18 month lease was signed making the First National Bank Building the designated Kent County Courthouse. After this lease expired, the Fowler Insurance Agency occupied the building.
In 1962 the Kent County State Bank was established and constructed a new building adjacent to the First National Bank Building. This group acquired the First National Bank Building and used the part not occupied by the Folwer Insurance Agency for storage. In 1995, the decision was made by Kent County State Bank to renovate the building to accomodate for their expanding operations and Fowler Insurance Agency was closed. Renovation plans included the restoration of the interior and exterior of the bank. Extensive documentations, investigations and historical research were conducted and renovations began. Only a moderate amount of original fabric and finish was removed during restoration. Today, Kent County State Bank still operates from the old First National Bank Building, located at 101 Donaho, in Jayton, Texas.
The directors, officers and staff are committed not only to maintain the history, longevity, tradition and success that have been exhibited throughout the West Texas banking community, but to provide the highest quality of personal, friendly banking services to our customers. We are "West Texas Friendly" and our vision is to help those we serve - community, customers, employees and shareholders -achieve their goals and dreams through our financial products and services.