Coleman retires from First National Bank after 57 years
Louise Coleman was 18 in June of 1963 when she first went to work for the Corning Bank. On Monday, August 31, 2020 she retired after 57 years of dedicated service to the now, First National Bank. Louise began working in bookkeeping. “Back then all the tellers were men, but one of the men got sick. And so they put me up there as a teller. I guess I was the first lady teller at Corning Bank. So I worked as a teller for awhile. And then I think I did about everything there was to do in that bank.” Through the years, Coleman took care of the lock box, worked at the drive-in window, in the Savings and New Accounts Department and in the Loan Department. “I just went everywhere and did everything,” she said. When Louise retired she had her own office where people could come to open new accounts, such as; savings and checking accounts.
Coleman recalls how when she started; the bank had no computers whatsoever and customers didn’t have an account number. “We just had checks that had the bank's routing number on it. Then you just had to post their checks by their signature. You had to recognize their signature and post them that way. I think the first person's check signature I couldn't recognize was FB Manatt. I couldn't read his signature. I said, “Who is this?” As I read that signature. And they said, “Oh, that's FB.” and I said, "Okay, I’ll remember that from now on."
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