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Celebrate the WESTconsin Journey!

Posted: February 14, 2019

2019 marks our 80th Anniversary! We want to celebrate the WESTconsin Journey with you because there is no place like home! 

WESTconsin Credit Union originally known as Menomonie’s Farmers Credit Union was originally established in 1939 to serve members and patrons of the local Farmers Union Co-op. We still have a large membership population that are farmers but we have since grown to include many backgrounds, careers and age groups. We are going to be taking a journey down the yellow brick road of WESTconsin’s history, be sure to check back as we add to the timeline!

1940s
Memories from Ruth Ann, Art Gilberts' Daughter

Ruth Ann (Gilberts) Kelley sent this message upon receiving the January-June 2019 $MARTLIVING Member Connection Newsletter. "The home pictured on the front of the newsletter is where I grew up, and the credit union became part of our family. The sign in the yard brought back many memories of that very dynamic time. Little did we know that those late-nite and dinner-time phone calls, the Sunday-afternoon drop-ins, and often-interrupted family pastimes would end up as a multi-million-dollar enterprise serving so many people in WESTconsin! We even had to give away our little Cocker Spaniel, Bootie, because she barked and peed at each new arrival!

The legend we learned was that Dad (Arthur Gilberts) had brought the credit union home in a cigar box!

While I am deeply grateful for the work of the credit union in home-town Menomonie and the surrounding towns, I am truly touched by the honor of remembrance. May WESTconsin Credit Union continue to grow and prosper, along with your members."

November 1, 1949
Art Gilberts Hired as First Full-Time Manager

Art managed the credit union from his own home until 1953. The front porch was remodeled and a sign put up saying "Credit Union Office". Assets at the time were just over $21,000.

1953
Credit Union on the Move!

By 1953, the credit union had grown to over $365,000 in assets and the Board of Directors decided the credit union should have its own office. Office space was rented one-half block off Main Street in downtown Menomonie at 712 5th Street.

1963
On the Road Again

Menomonie Farmers Credit Union has grown to nearly $4 million in assets, and is now on the move again. This time, it's to the first building it built and owned, at 426 South Broadway in Menomonie.

December 1974
River Falls Merger

With Menomonie Farmers Credit Union's (MFCU) continued growth and success, other credit unions in the area turned to MFCU to merge for greater strength and to save credit union service in their communities. Falls Credit Union in River Falls merged with MFCU in December 1974.

More to come!

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