Timeline

Join us for a journey through time. Click the dates on our timeline to experience the last 100 years.

1913

St. Louis Saving and Building Association moves its office from the city of St. Louis to the city of Springfield. Offices are located in the new Woodruff Building. The name is changed to Guaranty Savings and Loan Association.


In the same year, Rosa Parks was born; Henry Ford launched the first production assembly line; and the first airplane loop-the-loop is performed at a French air show.

1927

Guaranty Savings and Loan Association moves to 403 St. Louis Street.

That same year, Charles Lindbergh flies the Spirit of St. Louis on the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic airplane flight.

1928

A fire at our new location forces Guaranty Savings and Loan Association to move again just one year later. The new location isn't far away, at the Hotel Moran at 427 St. Louis Street.

1935

Our name is changed to Guaranty Federal Savings and Loan Association as the association converts to a federal charter.

The same year saw famous firsts and lasts in Major League Baseball. The first nighttime game was played in Cincinnati on May 24. Six days later Babe Ruth played the final baseball game of his career.

1945

World War II rages on with increased intensity. The U.S. government passed the G.I. Bill in 1944 to provide benefits to returning veterans.

Guaranty Federal makes our first GI loan in early 1945. The loan is made to Loren C. Widders for a home at 1220 E. Portland (now 2020 E. Portland) in Springfield.

By August 15, 1945, World War II comes to an end. But Guaranty Federal continues making G.I. loans to our heroic veterans of every conflict.

1957

Guaranty Federal opens new offices at Walnut and Jefferson.

Also in 1957, the wildly popular Ozark Jubilee is renamed Country Music Jubilee. Filmed in Springfield, aired nationally on ABC to more than 9 million viewers, the Jubilee was the first TV program to feature country music's top stars.

1979

Guaranty Federal opens our first banking center at 1510 E. Sunshine.

Other famous expansions in 1979: McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal; Philips unveils the first compact disc; and Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland – the first papal visit to a Communist country.

1987

Guaranty Federal opens our second banking center at 2109 N. Glenstone.

In what is (most likely) an unrelated occurrence, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 2,000 for the first time in history.

Also (definitely) unrelated, The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

1994

Construction begins on our new home office at 1341 W. Battlefield in Springfield.

Also in 1994, we learn that "life is like a box of chocolates" from Forrest Gump.

1995

Guaranty Federal Savings & Loan Association is reorganized, creating Guaranty Federal Savings Bank. Stocks are issued in connection with the formation of a mutual holding company.


As a newly formed, federally chartered capital stock savings bank, Guaranty Federal Savings Bank moves into our new home office at 1341 W. Battlefield.

1997

Our association members approve the second step of reorganization and form Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc.


Guaranty Federal opens a temporary office at 4343 S. National and begins construction on new banking center.


IBM's Deep Blue computer defeats world champion Garry Kasparov in their final chess match. (It's worth noting Kasparov's record against Deep Blue was 5 wins, 1 loss. But no one seems to remember that anymore.)

1998

Guaranty Federal closes the banking center at 330 E. Walnut.


Meanwhile, in Menlo Park, California, a couple folks incorporate a company called Google and hire their first employee.

2000

The year turns from 1999 to 2000 without the world ending, despite Y2K doomsday warnings.


Good thing. As Guaranty Federal opens our permanent facility at 4343 S. National.

2001

Online banking is added to our services, a fitting advance for the first year of the 21st century.


In other high tech news, Apple introduces the iPod; Microsoft releases Windows XP; and the fifth (and so far final) version of the Star Trek TV series, "Enterprise," premieres on station UPN.

2003

We apply for a state charter and receive approval.


We change our name from Guaranty Federal Savings Bank to Guaranty Bank.

2004

Guaranty Bank opens our new banking center at 1905 W. Kearney.


Also of significance: Facebook launches in February 2004.

2005

Guaranty Bank opens our new banking center at 709 Mt. Vernon in Nixa.


The Springfield Cardinals return to Springfield as they begin play for the 2005 season. The St. Louis Cardinals' AA team first called Springfield home from 1931- 1946.

2006

Guaranty Bank opens new banking center at Cox & Republic Road.


But not all in the universe is growing: Pluto is demoted from planet to "dwarf planet."

2007

Guaranty Bank Mortgage Center opens LPO in Marshfield.


Also introducing a new chapter in their company is Apple, which introduces the iPhone after months of speculation. As for final chapters, the concluding book in the Harry Potter series is published (and sells 11 million copies in first 24 hours).

2008

It was a leap year in 2008. As such, we appropriately leaped ahead with new banking centers in Ozark (1701 W. State Hwy J) and Nixa (291 E. Hwy CC).

2009

Our new Operations Center (HR, Training, IT and Deposit Operations Departments) opens at 1414 W. Elfindale.

2013

Guaranty Bank celebrates a "Century of Service" to southwest Missouri.


We're proud of our 100-year commitment to southwest Missouri. We're honored to be a part of the community. And we're excited about our next 100 years of service to you and your families.

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Future home of Guaranty Bank‚ Battlefield Banking Center, over 30 years prior to breaking ground. (photo credit Ben Rook)
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Looking west down St. Louis street from Guaranty Bank's original location in the Woodruff building, circa 1913. In 1927, Guaranty Savings and Loan Association would move west down St. Louis street, only to be forced to relocate after a fire the very next year. (photo credit Springfield — Greene County Library)
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A photo from 1957 looking at Guaranty Federal’s location on the corner of Walnut and Jefferson in Springfield, next to the original KTTS studios. Notice how traffic is going both ways on Jefferson. (photo credit Springfield – Greene County Library)
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Guaranty Bank employees dress up as their favorite Big Bang Theory characters to celebrate the launch of Guaranty Bank’s new value checking product — BaZing Checking.
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Guaranty Bank sets up shop at Nixpo 2013 to celebrate “A Century of Service”.
 100 Years Experience. Dedication. Hometown Service.