T.C. Huckabay was a 77-year-veteran of the banking industry. Arriving in Oklahoma from Castor, Louisiana, he began his long banking career in 1927 at Planters State Bank in Mountain Park, Oklahoma, early on spanning the years of The Great Depression. He was named President of Planters State Bank when he was 28 years old.
In 1943, Mr. Huckabay and his partner, Bob Scott, purchased the First National Bank of Snyder. Over time Mr. Huckabay purchased all of Mr. Scott’s stock in the bank and they remained life-long friends.
In 1971, the First National Bank of Snyder converted its charter from a national bank to a state bank. At that time the bank was renamed Bank of the Wichitas. In 1996, the Bank of the Wichitas® Board of Directors voted to purchase the Amquest Bank in Cache, Oklahoma, thus expanding their successful operation into Comanche County, Oklahoma, serving Cache and its surrounding areas.
Mr. Huckabay passed his enormous knowledge of community banking and his legacy as a successful and upstanding banker to his grandson, C. Todd Huckabay, who worked beside him as executive vice president of Bank of the Wichitas® for 16 years. After Mr. Huckabay’s death at the age of 96 in August of 2004, Todd continued with his grandfather’s fine banking tradition, and stepped into the position as President of Bank of the Wichitas® in 2005.
In 2004, the Board of Directors voted to expand further, and purchased land to build a Bank of the Wichitas® branch in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. A year later, a fourth branch was established in Elgin, Oklahoma. In 2007, Bank of the Wichitas® added an internet division, Redneck Bank, serving its customers with totally online banking.
After many years of judicious planning and careful expansion, Bank of the Wichitas now serves Snyder, Cache, Medicine Park, and Elgin, and all of the outlying areas with a strong and personal commitment to excellence in community banking. Since the inception of this institution, the Huckabay family has upheld the integrity of one of the finest community banks in the State of Oklahoma.
“Bring your business home and experience big bank services in a small bank atmosphere.”
Todd Huckabay, President and CEO, Bank of the Wichitas®