Our Home Office located in scenic Mountain Grove, MO is the hub of our organization. We at Mountain Grove along with our 7 other locations take great pride in our communities. Our commitment is to provide great customer service and a nice friendly hometown atmosphere.
We received Missouri Savings and Loan Association charter. Our original name was Mountain Grove Building and Loan Association.
Our name changed to Home Building & Loan Association.
Made our first loan in neighboring Douglas County in the amount of $1,000.00.
For a period of about 2 years during the Great Depression, Home Building & Loan Association was the only financial institution in the Mountain Grove area cashing paychecks. During this time, we never had to close our doors. In fact, no customer ever had to wait to withdraw funds.
Opened our first branch in Marshfield, MO. The famous Hubble Telescope now makes its home on the lawn of the Marshfield courthouse. The community enjoys 4th of July with a famous parade annually. They also celebrate Harvest Days each year in September.
Our second branch office was opened in Ava, MO. The community is well known for being the home of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. Ava celebrates Treasure Days in May annually. Glade Top Trail which winds through the beautiful Mark Twain National Forest is also located in Douglas County just South of Ava. It has been named as a Scenic Highways and Byways by our nation.
Our name was changed to First Home Savings Bank.
First Home Savings Bank opened its third branch In Gainesville, MO. Gainesville is a short drive from scenic Bull Shoals Lake and Northfork Lake. It is also near the Northfork River and Bryant Rivers where floating and fishing are enjoyed. They celebrate Hootin & Hollerin every third weekend in September.
Converted to stock ownership and formed our holding company, First Bancshares, Inc.
Opened our fourth branch located in Sparta, MO. Located just west of the beautiful Honey Branch Cave where many weddings and parties of all sorts are conducted. Sparta celebrates Persimmon Days in late October annually. They hold their yearly fireworks the week prior to July 4th. Lindenlure is located just north of Sparta on Hwy 125 where the Finley River is used for water recreation.
We opened our sixth branch location in Crane, MO. Located on the James River, Crane provides floating and water recreation. An ever popular event is the Crane Broiler Festival held the last weekend of August every year. There everyone enjoys much food and entertainment.
Our eighth branch is opened in Kissee Mills, MO. This branch office is located near the Bull Shoals Lake providing excellent fishing. The Forsyth Chamber of Commerce holds the annual White Bass Round Up Fish Fry at the Shadow Rock Park for all to enjoy. In addition, the White River Valley Arts & Crafts Show is held in the park every year in the spring and sometimes fall.
Our ninth branch is opened in Rockaway Beach, MO. Rockaway Beach is located on the scenic Taneycomo Lake which provides many types of water recreational activities. They are host to the annual Hydroplane Races held the first weekend in June. Rods and Relics held later in June yearly provides entertainment for all and includes a car show, street dancing and other activities.
In January 2014 we officially completed the conversion of our charter to a Missouri non-member commercial bank from a Missouri non-member thrift. With this change, our new name is First Home Bank.