The Beginnings of a Community Banking Tradition
The year 1889 marked the beginnings of the Bethel Building & Loan Company. Started in a one room office rented for $0.50 a month and with assets totaling $49.75, the Bethel Building & Loan was formed as a mutual savings institution to support the people of the community by raising money to be loaned among its members and depositors for the use of repairing or purchasing houses and buying lots of land.
New Name-Same Commitment to Community
In 2011, in order to reflect the full scope of financial services offered and its commitment to the community, the Bethel Building & Loan changed its name to Community Savings Bank. Even though a lot has changed since 1889, our commitment to community banking has remained strong for 125 years.
Our support for the community has extended beyond banking. Our involvement in the community includes support of various student athletic programs, financial education in the schools, high school coaching, civic organizations, Bethel Historical Society, Bethel Lions Organization, community concert events, community improvement projects, organizing Bethel Down Home Christmas, and supporting the Clermont County Fair. We brought the first Bethel 10K Run/5K Walk to town in 2009 which has become an annual event.
A New Page in our History
On June 3rd 2014, Community Savings Bank announced the signing of a Merger Agreement in which The Home Building & Loan Company in Greenfield, Ohio will merge with Community Savings Bank. We are excited about bringing the CSB brand to Greenfield.
|Copy of the Original Articles of Incorporation from 1889||1974 issue of the Bethel Journal promoting the Bethel Building & Loan's open house||1976 issue of Signs of the Times in which the Bethel Building & Loan was featured on the front cover|