From left: Arthur A. Allen, Chairman; John W. Krebs; D. L. Lemon; Howard Bryant; Gene Pierce, President; Earl Hoag, Vice Chairman; Garland Swanson; A. David Childs; R. B. Ferguson. Circa 1966.
Just before the end of WWII, a group of forward-thinking farmers and ranchers in eastern Oregon saw a need for banking services in their region. Banding together with others, they formed the Gilliam County Bank in Arlington, Oregon, in February of 1945. Since its inception, the focus of the bank has been to provide quality banking services to rural communities of eastern Oregon at a competitive price and to provide great customer service in that delivery.
In the late 1950’s the bank expanded, opening branches in Heppner and Ione. Shortly after that, the bank changed its name to Bank of Eastern Oregon and headquarters moved to Heppner, Oregon. Branches were opened in Condon in 1995; Irrigon in 1999; and Boardman in 2000, as the bank positioned itself to remain an independent community bank entering the 21st Century.
In December of 2003, the bank took a giant leap forward with the purchase of branches from Klamath First in Burns, John Day, Prairie City, Fossil, Moro, Condon, & Heppner. This move solidified BEO’s footprint in eastern Oregon with 11 branches in six counties. Loan Production Offices followed in Ontario, Hermiston & Enterprise, and in 2008 the Enterprise office became a full-service branch. The bank opened a branch in Pasco, Washington operating under Bank of Eastern Washington, a Branch of Bank of Eastern Oregon, and Loan Productions Offices in Pendleton, Island City, Madras and Lakeview during 2012-15 to meet our growing ag and commercial loan demand. We now have 13 branches and five loan production offices.
True to its roots, Bank of Eastern Oregon continues the long tradition of serving the banking needs of rural eastern Oregon communities by making decisions locally and providing a full range of consumer and business products and services; all with great customer service and a true concern for our customers' and communities' way of life.
Along with great customer service, BEO offers personal & business checking/savings products, ATM/debit/credit cards, merchant services & more. For customers in need of a loan, BEO offers loans for home mortgage, consumer, commercial and agricultural purposes. Come see us today & let us help you with all your financial needs!