During the winter of 1905 and spring of 1906, the need for banking facilities in Allendale, Illinois was expressed by the leading citizens and business people of the community. Steps were taken to organize a national bank, thus The First National Bank of Allendale was chartered by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, United States Treasury Department, on July 6, 1906.
The bank has prospered, grown, and remodeled its Allendale banking facility three times. In July of 1984, the bank began construction of a full service facility in Mt. Carmel. The branch was opened on December 20, 1984, and expanded in 1994. A second remodel and major expansion of the Mt. Carmel Branch was completed in late 2005, and again in 2015. One June 3, 2016, The First National Bank completed its first acquisition by way of a merger with First State Bank of West Salem. This provided the bank with a new presence in the Edwards County market.
The First National Bank remains a locally owned, locally managed, independent financial institution. The bank is owned by Allendale Bancorp, Inc. a one-bank holding company, whose home office is also located in Allendale, Illinois. The company has approximately 280 shareholders, 90% of whom live within a 25-mile radius of the bank. From the initial capitalization of $500,000 in 1906, the bank has grown to approximately $210,000,000 in total assets and is the largest financial institution headquartered in Wabash County.