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OUR HISTORY
OVER 125 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

State Nebraska Bank & Trust is the only bank locally-owned in Wayne, run by the same family for five generations.

A TIMELINE

1881

1881

Henry Ley

In 1881, Henry Ley, Sr. and his family moved from, Jordan, Minnesota to Wayne, Nebraska where he opened a general store, which he named The German Store, housed in a two-story brick building on the northeast corner of Third and Main Streets.

 

1892

State Bank of Wayne, 1892

1892 State Bank

In 1892, Henry applied for a bank charter. The charter was approved for The State Bank of Wayne. The bank opened for business on the southwest corner of Second and Main Streets and operated at the same location for 94 years.

1929

Rollie Ley

Rollie Ley

In 1881, Henry Ley, Sr. and his family moved from, Jordan, Minnesota to Wayne, Nebraska where he opened a general store, which he named The German Store, housed in a two-story brick building on the northeast corner of Third and Main Streets.

1967

State National Bank & Trust Co

State National Bank & Trust Co

In 1967, Henry E. Ley, the son of Rollie Ley, the grandson of Henry Ley, Sr. and President of the bank at that time, applied for Trust Powers which were granted on December 29, 1967. The name was then changed to State National Bank and Trust Company.

1970

David Ley

David Ley

In 1970, David Ley, the great-grandson of Henry Ley, joined the bank making it a fourth generation family-owned bank. He continues to be the Chairman of the Board at this time.

1975

Branch Opens at 10th & Main Street

Branch Opens at 10th & Main Street

To expand services to the community and establish a location closer to Wayne State College, then-CEO David Ley opens a second branch, often known as the Drive-Thru, at 10th and Main Streets. Current CEO Matt Ley is held by his grandfather, Henry Ley, at the branch’s grand opening on January 25, 1975.

1986

The Fire of 1986

The Fire of 1986

In the early hours of January 2, 1986, the bank building was completely destroyed by fire. Although the fire had a devastating effect on the physical premises of the bank, the event created a strong employee and community bond. View our “Remembering the Fire” video here.

After the fire of 1986

The morning after the 1:00 am fire found business “almost as usual” at the drive-in facility, which was constructed in 1974.

1986

Business as Usual

Business as Usual

The morning after the 1:00 am fire found business “almost as usual” at the drive-in facility, which was constructed in 1974.

2005

Groundbreaking at 2nd & Main

Groundbreaking at 2nd & Main

Deciding to rebuild, the bank held a groundbreaking ceremony at the current location for the Main Branch, 122 Main Street.

2006

Grand Opening of Main Branch

State Nebraska Bank 2014

In November 2006, the bank moved back into a facility at the original Second and Main Street location, designed by architect Roy Ley, great-great-grandson of Henry Ley Sr.

2010

Matthew Ley

Matthew Ley

In 2010, Matthew Ley, the great-great-grandson of Henry Ley, joined the bank as its CEO, making it a fifth-generation family-owned bank.

2012

2012 Wayne Large Business of the Year

2012 Wayne Large Business of the Year

The bank received the honor of Large Business of the Year for 2012 from the Wayne Area Economic Development/Chamber/Main Street organization.

2014

Becoming a State Charter

State Nebraska Bank 2014

In 2014, the bank converted its charter from a national bank to a state bank and became State Nebraska Bank & Trust.

2017

1892-2017 – Our Q125

125 Years of Excellence

The year 2017 marked the bank’s 125th anniversary. The bank hosted several events to honor the milestone, including a Spring Fling in March, a Steakholder BBQ in July, and a wrap up event at our annual Chamber Coffee in December.

2019

New Construction of SNBuilding

New Construction of SNBuilding

The bank announces construction of a new facility at its 10th & Main Street location, known as the SNBuilding, to house a new Campus Branch featuring a walk-in lobby, ATM, and drive-thru lanes, along with a basketball/pickleball court, State National Insurance Co., and office space for lease.  Opening summer 2020.