Bristow Celebrates 100 Years Of Spirit Bank


Monday, May 16th 2016, 6:53 pm
By: News On 6


When something's been around 100 years, someone ought to throw it a big party.

Well, that’s exactly what they did down in Bristow to celebrate 100 years of Spirit Bank.

They had patriotic music from Collins Elementary fifth graders, and there was lots of cake - 100 years’ worth.

There was even a drum line from Booker T. Washington high school, which offered up a little extra spirit.

Spirit Bank started in Bristow in 1916 as American National Bank.

"We had five banks in town, eventually, and Spirit Bank was the only one to survive the depression," said ‘Kell’ Kelly with Spirit Bank.

A hundred years is worth a party, and that's what Monday was all about.

They buried a time capsule when they built the building in 1993, to be opened on the 100th anniversary. And in there, among all that stuff, was a Channel 6 poster.

Our Bus Tour came to Bristow in '93. Clayton Vaughn, Beth Rengel, John Walls and Jim Giles were the News On 6 anchor team back then, and the autographed poster became part of Bristow history.

But, Monday was all about celebrating a centennial for a successful business - 100 years of survival in the Oklahoma economy is worth beating the drum about.