First State Bank of Bedias passes 100-year mark by ProQuest


For 100 years there has always been an "Upchurch" as president of the First State Bank of Bedias. Recently, R. E. L. "Robert" Upchurch, the fourth such president, led the bank and community in a celebration of the past 100 years. The event drew hundreds of customers and residents of Grimes County. Texas Department of Banking Commissioner Randall James was on hand to present proclamations from the Texas Legislature and the Department of Banking. In 1835, a settler named Thomas Plaster founded the area and formed the basis for the town. For a while in the early 1900s there was an "Old Bedias" and a "New Bedias" because a new railroad branch veered northeast. The towns came together and the name remained the same, although there was much pressure to re-name it after a railroad official, which is how many towns received their names in this era.

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