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History[edit] The bank traces its history to the Woolworth National Bank in San Francisco. Charles Crocker, who was one of The Big Four of the Central Pacific Railroad and who constructed America's First Transcontinental Railroad, acquired a controlling interest in Woolworth for his son William Henry Crocker. The bank was renamed Crocker Woolworth National Bank, later Crocker-Anglo Bank, Crocker-Citizens National Bank, then Crocker First National Bank and finally Crocker National Bank. It had many branches, mostly in the northern half of California. In 1963, Crocker-Anglo Bank later merged with Los Angeles' Citizens National Bank, to become Crocker-Citizens Bank. and later, Crocker Bank. Crocker Bank building, Los Angeles In the 1970s and early 1980s, Crocker cultivated a reputation for customer service and convenience, including expanded hours. It was also one of the first California banks to offer automated teller machine service; one early television commercial showed a young businessman confidently using the machine, while speaking to it as if it were a person; he was then followed by an elderly woman approaching it for the first time, and greeting it with a very uncertain "Hello." Crocker National Bank was purchased by the British financial institution Midland Bank in 1981, but after a series of financial losses it was sold on to Wells Fargo Bank in 1986. Crocker's president and over eighty vice presidents left the bank after the merger.[citation needed] A Carmichael, California branch of the bank was robbed by several members of the Symbionese Liberation Army on April 21, 1975. A 42-year-old woman named Myrna Opsahl was killed during the robbery when SLA member Emily Harris accidentally fired her shotgun. In the early 1970s Crocker ran a series of television commercials produced by Hal Riney, featuring a commissioned song "We've Only Just Begun," written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. This was later re-recorded by The Carpenters and sold as a single: it became the duo's signature song. The ads showed three pivotal moments in a young couple's life: their wedding, a husband's first day at a new job, and the first home move for a family with a small boy. The commercials ended with the tag line "You've got a long way to go. We'd like to help you get there. The Crocker Bank." As of January 2012 Wells maintains the Crocker name as a current federally registered trademark at its "Crocker Office Branch" at 1 Montgomery St. San Francisco, California in a wall display of the Crocker Bank history.


In popular culture[edit] Scott Adams worked at Crocker during his first years in the business world.[1] It is said to have inspired the evil Bank of Ethel in Adams' Dilbert comic strip.


References[edit] James Sterngold (January 17, 2002). "4 Former Radicals Are Charged In 1975 Killing in Bank Robbery". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2011.  ^ Gondo, Nancy (May 20, 2014). "Dilbert's Scott Adams Satirizes His Way To Success". Investor's Business Daily. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 


External links[edit] 1970 famous wedding commercial featuring the song "We've Only Just Begun" Nightclub opens in a former Crocker branch: Crocker Club LA Times report on Crocker Bank history Picture of the ornate lobby at Crocker Bank, Montgomery and Post Streets, San Francisco v t e Wells Fargo History Founders Henry Wells William Fargo Board of directors John Stumpf (Chairman and CEO) Timothy Sloan Patricia Callahan Kevin Rhein Michael Loughlin James Strother Richard Levy David Carroll Michael Heid David Hoyt Divisions Wells Fargo Advisors Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Financial Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Wells Fargo Insurance Services Wells Fargo Securities Historical components ABD Insurance & Financial Atlantic National Bank A. G. Edwards Bache & Co. Bank of Baltimore Bank of North America Bowles Hollowell Connor & Co. Century Bank CoreStates Financial Crocker National Bank Evergreen Investments Fidelity Trust First Commerce Bancshares First Interstate Bancorp First Pennsylvania Bank First Security First Union Florida National Bank Garden State National Bank Georgia Railroad Bank Golden West Financial Halsey, Stuart & Co. National Bank of Alaska Norwest Prudential Securities Southeast Bank SouthTrust Wachovia Wachovia Securities Former components H.D. Vest Pamlico Capital Tillie the All-Time Teller Buildings One Wells Fargo Center Wells Fargo Center (Denver) Wells Fargo Center (Jacksonville) Wells Fargo Center (Los Angeles) Wells Fargo Center (Minneapolis) Wells Fargo Center (Portland, OR) Wells Fargo Center (Sacramento) Wells Fargo Center (Salt Lake City) Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) Wells Fargo Place Wells Fargo Plaza (El Paso) Wells Fargo Plaza (Houston) Wells Fargo Plaza (Phoenix) Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia) Wells Fargo Tower (Birmingham) Wells Fargo Tower (Colorado Springs) Duke Energy Center History History of Wells Fargo Wells Fargo account fraud scandal Category Commons Wikiversity Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crocker_National_Bank&oldid=814685213" Categories: Wells Fargo legacy banksDefunct banks of the United StatesDefunct financial services companies of the United StatesBanks established in 19631963 establishments in CaliforniaCompanies based in San FranciscoFinancial District, San FranciscoBanks disestablished in 19861986 disestablishments in CaliforniaAmerican companies established in 1963Hidden categories: All articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from February 2007


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