1911 photo, courtesy Tim Sanchez

Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank was established November 12, 1892, and merged into Crocker Bank in 1947.

1896 51900 ad1910 4

The bank was originally on Broadway near 12th St. In June 1910 it moved to the building shown above at 13th and Franklin St. 2,4 It was designed by Sutton and Weeks, and constructed by Rickon-Earhart Engineering and Construction. 3


The board included Andrew L. Stone of the Stone brothers in 1912. The officers were Edson F. Adams, president; Sam Bell McKee, vice-president; George S. Meredith, cashier; F. C. Martens, assistant cashier. 2

In 1938, the officers were Edson F. Adams, president; George S. Meredith, vice-president; F. C. Martens, vice-president and cashier; B. C. Reed and John Camp, assistant cashiers. The board included Arthur Tashiera and William F. Knowland.

The bank merged with Crocker First National Bank in March 1947. 6

1912 21909 drawing 3

Links and References

1938 Oakland Tribune 1

  1. ad Oakland Tribune January 2, 1938
  2. Annual Number Oakland Tribune January 17, 1912
  3. Farmers and Merchants Bank to Erect $100,000 Building Oakland Tribune June 12, 1909
  4. Bank Housed In Magnificent New Home Oakland Tribune June 28, 1910
  5. Illustrated Directory of Oakland 1896
  6. Bank Consolidation Set Monday Oakland Tribune March 2, 1947
  7. Greater Oakland edited by Evarts Blake, Pacific Publishing Co., 1911