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, Montana, 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. Farmers State Bank of Denton, Montana is now operated officially as a branch of Dutton State Bank as we only retained one charter for efficiency purposes. The Edwards family remains the largest shareholder of the combined bank. Wayne Edwards serves on the Board of Directors along with Josh Webber, who is the current President of Farmers State Bank.
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