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A commitment to the community is still working for you today.

Capital City Bank was established in 1892 as Neese Brothers Bank in Richland, Kansas.  In the early 1900s, the name was changed to the Richland State Bank.  In 1930, Georgia Neese Gray began helping her father, Albert Neese, run the family business.  In 1935, she began working at the bank as an assistant cashier and following her fatherís death in 1937, she became president of the bank.  President Harry Truman named Georgia the first woman treasurer of the United States in 1949.  In 1964, the Richland State Bank relocated to Topeka in a new building at the Southeast corner of 37th and Topeka Boulevard and was renamed Capital City State Bank and Trust Company.

The bank remained in the Neese/Gray family until 1974, when Georgia and her husband, Andy Gray, sold the bank to Gaylen Lawrence and Jim Hentzen.  They managed the bank until 1979, at which time they sold it to the Sabatini family.  In 1993, Southwest Bank at 17th and Gage was acquired and merged into Capital City Bank.  Southwest State Bank was organized in 1958 by Lou Falley and a group of local businessmen. 

The bank has played an important role in the restoration and preservation of historic Topeka locations, including the downtown bus depot that Sabatini purchased and renovated, and in 1988 opened as the third Capital City Bank location.  Participation in other restoration projects includes the Union Pacific Depot, Cedar Crest Mansion, Row House, and Historic Richey House.

Capital City Bank, the Sabatini family, and bank associates have been integral parts of Topeka.  For his contributions, The Topeka Capital-Journal, in 2000, named Sabatini the fifth most influential individual in Topeka. Giving back to the community, on both corporate and individual levels, is what Capital City Bank does best.  Not only through loans and other banking services, but also in donations to charitable, educational, and a variety of non-profit organizations.  Besides monetary donations, associates donate time on behalf of Capital City Bank.  They chair gala events, work at auctions, serve on boards of directors, and provide volunteer support to numerous community and educational organizations.

The bank has 10 full-service locations, including nine drive-thru facilities and 11 automated teller machines throughout Topeka, Lawrence, and Overland Park, Kansas. Capital City Bank has focused on serving individuals and small to mid-sized businesses, placing emphasis on customer service and keeping pace with advances in technology to improve the customerís banking experience.

Capital City Bank is owned by a one-bank holding company, Capital City Bancshares, Inc.  Capital City Bank owns one subsidiary, Capital City Investments, Inc., a real estate company.

 

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