Farmers State Bank of Denton, Montana was founded when A.C. Edwards, a Stanford area rancher and businessman, bought Denton’s First National Bank out of receivership in June of 1929. The newly purchased bank was chartered as the Farmers State Bank of Denton, and was one of only a few banks in central Montana that survived the impending stock market crash and depression era of the 1930’s. The bank has been proudly serving the needs of the Denton community and its area agricultural producers under three generations of Edwards ownership and management ever since. The Denton area has long been recognized as one of Montana’s most fertile dry land grain production zones, and the plentiful grasses of its Judith Basin pastures contribute to calf weaning weights that are consistently among the state’s heaviest.
On May 1, 2015, Farmers State Bank merged with Dutton State Bank. This unique merger of two historic rural Montana community banks gave us the ability to remain independent and locally focused, but enjoy the benefits of a larger institution. On December 8, 2017, our bank merged with The State Bank of Townsend, another Montana community bank with a similar culture and commitment to our small towns. Farmers State Bank and Dutton State Bank are now operated officially as branches of The State Bank of Townsend as we only retained one charter for efficiency purposes. The Edwards family remains the largest shareholder of the combined bank.
88 years after opening, we still believe in providing the kind of personalized customer service that is becoming so rare in modern banking. Those who live and work in rural Montana value independence, hard work, community, and family. We bring these same values to work with us every day. While we have still retained the commitment to small town banking service our customers deserve, we offer competitive products in all areas. Stop in and see us soon!