A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
EARL C. FISHBAUGH is an Iowa banker, president of the Security Trust & Savings Bank of Shenandoah. This bank, locally known as the Fishbaugh Bank, is one of the strongest financial institutions of Southwestern Iowa. Its able and conservative management enabled it to pass through the difficulties of the deflation period following the World war without any substantial impairment of its resources of the integrity it represents as an institution for the service of the community.
Earl C. Fishbaugh was two years of age when his parents came to Page County, Iowa. He was born at Tiffin, Ohio, March 7, 1880, son of C. W. and Malinda (Angene) Fishbaugh. His parents were born in Crawford County, Ohio, and his grandfather Fishbaugh was a native of the same state. His maternal grandparents were Adam and Barbara(Sherer)Angene, who came from Bavaria, Germany, and were of French ancestry. C. W. Fishbaugh was in the manufacturing business at Tiffin, Ohio, and after coming to Southwestern Iowa acquired extensive farming interests and later engaged in banking at Shenandoah. He died in 1913. The widowed mother is now eighty years of age. There were two sons, Warren P. and Earl C., both of Shenandoah. The parents were active members of the Congregational Church and the father was a Republican in politics.
Earl C. Fishbaugh attended public school at Shenandoah, the Western Normal College there, and was on the farm until twenty-two. For a quarter of a century his time and energies have been taken up with a banking experience. For four years he was associated with the Commercial Savings Bank, which his father helped organize. For two years he was with the First National Bank of Shenandoah. In 1909, he and his father organized the Security Trust & Savings Bank, his father becoming president and Earl Fishbaugh, cashier. After the death of his father in 1913 Mr. Fishbaugh succeeded to the position of president. The Security Trust & Savings Bank has a capital of $60,000, surplus of $20,000, and average deposits of about one million dollars.
Mr. Earl Fishbaugh married, December 15, 1908, Miss Irene Fender, who was born in Mills County, Iowa, and was educated in the public schools of Shenandoah and the Western Normal College. They have two sons: Earl C., Jr., born in 1910, a law student at the University of Nebraska; and Robert F., born in 1914, in high school at Shenandoah. Mr. Fishbaugh and family are members of the Presbyterian Church and his is on the official board. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the B. P. O. Elks. He is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club, a Republican in politics, has been treasurer of the Shenandoah School Board for twenty years and was president of the Page County Bankers Association. In 1929 he was appointed by Gov. John Hammill a member of the State Banking Board.