EnglishSpanish

First National Bank of Syracuse is now Dream First Bank

thumb

First National Bank of Syracuse is now Dream First Bank. 
No, the First National Bank of Syracuse did not sell or merge. Instead they have been working towards this new name, “Dream First Bank.”
According to CEO Chris Floyd, “It’s a lot like naming our own kid. It’s a big deal and we are excited about it. We have been in business for over 100 years. and have branches in Syracuse, Johnson, Garden City, and Ulysses.” 
On Monday, September 19, they held a ribbon cutting in Syracuse to announce their new name and offered giveaways of key chains, cupcakes, and a few more items. 
Krista Norton researched the history of the bank for the 2021 Syracuse Journal article on The First National Bank of Syracuse. 
The bank received its charter in 1906, but prior to that the bank began in 1886 when W.F. Reed immigrated to Syracuse. According to a letter written by Reed to cashier, H. E. Roundtree and then president, W. C. Daugherty, dated September 14, 1929, he writes about his memories of the prior forty-three years. 
He recalls Syracuse had one bank owned and operated by John, Frank and Lee Bentley of Iowa. The brothers didn’t care for Reed coming in with competition.
 He writes, “They rather resented my intruding upon territory they considered already covered. However as business ethics were at a rather low ebb, at least that in Western Kansas, I did not consult their wishes.”  
He recalls there were no municipal organizations, but the streets were laid out, two south of the railroad and two north. He remembers there were churches, without buildings, but the Methodist did have a stated pastor. 
Reed purchased a vacant lot for $1,000. He put together a contract to build a two-story 25’ X 40’ brick building on the east side of north Main. J. L. McNeil was the contractor who burned the brick and built the first brick building in Hamilton County for $4,000. 
The bank opened in October of that year. He went on to say he was a little more than a boy, without banking experience and he sometimes wondered at his nerve. But figured it was a case of fools rushing in!  
Gambling was very much in vogue and there were those who followed it as a profession. Six shooters on the hip were a common sight and the cowboys from neighboring ranches sometimes let off their energy by exhibiting their horsemanship and gun dexterity up and down Main Street. 
The banks in those days were an easy target for robbers, as was the case in Holly  and Lakin, which were blown open and robbed. Kendall,  Coolidge, Stanton, and Morton County banks soon closed due to failure of wheat farming, leaving the Bank of Syracuse as the only operating bank in the area.
Syracuse Branch President Kim Brown was hired in 1990 by the late Roger Bergsma. Brown said, “The bank received their charter as First National Bank in 1906 and the bank was later purchased by the A.J Gould and Alonso Gale families.Brown recalls tellers Joyce Blue and Betty Grove laughing at A.J Gould when he would come to audit the teller drawers, opening them and saying, “Looks about right!”
Floyd was hired in 1996 and became Co-Presidents with Terryl Spiker in 2002. Later, Floyd became the CEO. 
In 2019, The First National Bank received the Banky 2019 Extraordinary Bank of the Year award. Floyd was quoted in an interview saying, “We have to grow and change all the time and ask how can we do this better. How can I be better? And how can every employee be better in every part of their job? “
Due to a shortage of chips, they don’t want to stress the system, so there won’t be a blanket card changeout. It will happen slowly as cards are reissued. But new signs, new advertising is beginning. 
Brown said, “We are super excited to have Dream First Bank as our new name and we look forward to the future. “ 
According to their press release, Dream First will continue to leverage its resources through conventional banking and loan opportunities as well as utilize the non-conventional solutions for which it has become known to ensure customer success. Dream First is committed to diligently help every new dream come to life across the U.S., while continuing its long-time support for the local community.
“Our name may have changed, but our ownership, management and core values have not,” said Chris Floyd, president and CEO of Dream First Bank. “We have been firmly established for more than 100 years and family-owned for the last 40 years. We remain the same people our customers have come to depend on with a smile, a handshake and a way to help people reach their next goal. We believe that our name should be synonymous with our vision, which is to Dream First!”
Dream First Bank offers its banking services to customers nationwide, providing options for agriculture, business and families such as: Deposit Accounts, Operating/Working Capital Loans, Business Manager Receivables Purchasing, Equipment Term Loans, Real Estate Loans, Treasury Management Solutions, Digital Account Management, Savings/Certificates of Deposits and more. 

NEWS

thumb

FIRE DISPLACES OVER 20 RESIDENTS

On Saturday morning, a fire broke out in an apartment building just north of Q’s Corner Donut Shop, owned by Claudio Sulca. Sheriff Mike Wilson said, “The initial 911 call from individuals came in at 11:14 AM. When they arrived at the scene, there was smoke coming... [More]

thumb

Commmunity Rallies Around Mike Miller

Fifty-one years ago, a young man walked into the sale barn looking for work. Mike Miller was 12 years of age. And his career path was set.  Terry DeVaughan of the Syracuse Commission Company said, “I have been there since 1977. As I remember, he graduated high school... [More]

thumb

One Teacher's Journey To Syracuse Elementary School

Syracuse Elementary is pleased to welcome second grade teacher, Kim Erica Alilin. Alilin hoped to start last fall, but since she is from the Philippines, there were many hoops to jump through getting to the United States.  According to elementary principal Liz Plunkett,... [More]

thumb

New Business opens: Roadside Liquor

Anytime a new business in Syracuse opens, I am excited. It means someone believes Syracuse will thrive despite obstacles.  There are just a few busineeses south of Highway 50 and even fewer south of the railroad tracks  On Friday, December 30, Roadside Liquor will open... [More]

thumb

Atmos Energy Urges Residents to Reduce Energy Consumption During Severe Weather

Due to extreme temperatures and high natural gas usage, Atmos Energy is urging customers to conserve natural gas usage during these extreme winter temperatures  Atmos Energy Urges Residents to Reduce Energy Consumption During Severe Weather OLATHE, Kan. – Dec.... [More]

thumb

DANGEROUS COLD AHEAD! PREPARE!

From the National Weather Service ..WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM MST/WEDNESDAY TO 11 AM MST/ FRIDAY... .Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as  low as 45 below zero. * WHEN...From8 PM MST/ Wednesday to  11 AM MST/ Friday. * IMPACTS...Dangerously... [More]

thumb

Main Street Parade of Lights

Main Street was lined with people young and old anticipating the Annual City of Syracuse’s Parade of Lights Wednesday, December 7. While waiting, Dream First Bank, served  three roasters of chili, inviting everyone to enjoy a warm bowl and follow up with hot chocolate... [More]

thumb

John Smith Sentenced

John Antonio Smith’s wife, Angela, walked out of the Hamilton County Courthouse on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 6th saying, “It’s not fair.” Tuesday morning John Smith appeared before Judge Wendel Wurst with his attorney Steve Cott requesting to... [More]

More News


OPINIONS

A Mustard Seed

How about that snow, huh? What a beautiful sight!  I went sledding this weekend with my daughter, twice!  On Sunday, the ground was wet, the snow glistened, and the sun shone without wind. So I went for an hour long walk with my daughter, friends, dogs, and cough drops,... [More]

Push Through

I am writing this Wednesday morning. The ground is wet. There is mist in the air. And it is cool out. A perfect January morning with the forecast including chances of snow on Saturday.   We are in the middle of basketball season. Varsity boys won the first round of... [More]

You Are Being Led

Last week I mentioned this year would probably be emotional. The first emotions of the year were awesome and then I got hit with the flu and COVID.  So frustrating. But I kept hearing God say, “You are being led.”  I started to speak gratitude in the midst... [More]

Rolling With The Tide

Welcome to 2023: A brand new year.  Every year I take a moment to contemplate and reflect about the year ahead. Usually a word comes to mind. Achievement, peace, grace. This year the word that struck me was emotional. But, it wasn’t terrifying. It was more like the... [More]

God In The Inconveniences

This is it - the last issue of the year. If all goes according to plan, we are headed to our last sheep show of the year, the New Years Nationals in Oklahoma.  We are not where we want to be with our sheep. As much as we tried, our sheep just didn’t get the amount... [More]

When The Night Is Darkest And The Wind Is Coldest

Merry Christmas! Does it feel like Christmas? As I am writing this, it is sunny, calm, and  the high today is almost 50 degrees!  Then tonight the blowing dust, the frigid temperatures, and high winds will come rolling in. I am praying some snow is with it as we need... [More]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s one week till Christmas. One. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a white Christmas? Heavy wet snow falling that doesn’t stop all day.   Living in a drought ridden area makes you appreciate every drop of water.  Do you ever stop and think about... [More]

All Things For My Good

I am writing this Wednesday morning after spending yesterday at the courthouse listening to testimony about sexual abuse.  Right after the newspaper goes to print, I am headed back to the courthouse to listen to a different trial about sexual abuse.   It’s... [More]

More Opinions

SPORTS

thumb

JH BASKETBALL WINS

Junior High Boys Basketball A, B, and C teams travelled to Elkhart on Monday, November 21. The A team won 41-34, B team won 26-21, and  C team lost to Elkhart 13-20. Head Coach Vance Keller said, “Elkhart was a tough win for both the A and B teams but both grinded... [More]

thumb

LADY BULLDOGS BORDER WARS CHAMPIONS!!

The Lady Bulldogs were undefeated during the Border Wars, defeating Eads on Friday, 42-7 and Walsh on Saturday 62-5, bringing their record to 3-1. But the winner wasn’t announced until Tuesday evening. Syracuse Athletic Director Josh Johnson explained, “It came down... [More]

thumb

JH Basketball Season Underway with JH Boys sweeping Lakin

Monday night at home at the Herndon Gym, the Junior High boys swept Lakin! Head coach Vance Keller said, “We’re a young team with only six eighth graders and 12 seventh graders. We’ve had six total that started the season with injuries so we haven’t had... [More]

thumb

Senior Night Volleyball

Three Syracuse High School volleyball seniors were honored on Tuesday, October 5, during the volleyball tournament at Syracuse.  Kaetlin Thomeczek, daughter of Joe and Dami Thomeczek has played volleyball since the third grade, playing with Syracuse Youth Activities Association... [More]

thumb

HS Track

Head coach Steve Navarro said, “The coaching staff has really enjoyed working with this group of kids this year. They have been putting in hard work despite some less than stellar conditions for practice and meets. We are excited to see what they can do now that we are... [More]

thumb

SHS SPORTS WRAP UP

Baseball: The Bulldogs faced the Goodland Cowboys at home on Thursday, April 8, losing game one, 2-22 and game two, 1-17. Head Coach Dustin Doze said the Bulldogs really struggled throwing strikes again and they had too many errors. We need to clean things up if we want to... [More]

thumb

Spring Sports Start

One year ago, athletes and coaches were beginning practice for their spring sport, some practicing during spring break, others enjoying the break from school. Soon they found out their break was extended a week, some with great joy, others with apprehension. Then came the unfortunate... [More]

thumb

SUBSTATE HEARTACHE

Substate began and ended quickly but these Varsity teams left it all out on the court. In heartbreaking last second baskets, our basketball season was over. The boys lost by two points in the last five seconds and the girls lost by three. A wrap up of the season will come in... [More]

More Sports

OBITUARIES

Stephanie Sue (Webb) Westeman

Stephanie Sue Westeman, 61, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kansas.  Stephanie was born January 10, 1962 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, Kansas to J.C. and Donna Webb of Manter, Kansas. Stephanie graduated... [More]

thumb

Verna Aeschliman

A Memorial Service for Verna Aeschliman will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST, Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kansas with Pastor Ray Frank officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge, Kansas.   Verna Rae... [More]

Dennis Cockroft

Funeral Services for Dennis Cockroft will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday,... [More]

Mary Melgosa

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Melgosa will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, and Rosary at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m.... [More]

thumb

Rosa Nell (Squire) Lewis

Rosa Nell (Squire) Lewis always known as “Nell” Nell was born in the family country home in Hamilton County Kansas on August 3, 1937, to Willie A. Squire and Rosa Jane (Fulton) Squire. She was named after her mother Rosa and her maternal grandmother Nellie Fulton.... [More]

thumb

Earlene Greene

Former resident Earlene Greene, age 82, of Lake Kickapoo, Texas passed away December 20, 2022 in a Wichita Falls hospital after a short illness. Bob and Earlene owned and operated Greene Funeral Home from 1979 to 1993.  They moved from Syracuse to Bella Vista, Arkansas... [More]

thumb

Randolph (Randy) Scott Dunning

Randolph (Randy) Scott Dunning Graveside services for Randy Dunning will be held at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, Colorado on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Floyd officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30... [More]

Lynn Verlin Fern Williams (Winslow)

Lynn Verlin Fern Williams (Winslow) Funeral Services for Lynn Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2022 at the Holly United Methodist Church in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Per... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries