The humble history of a hometown bank

Families leave a legacy. In this region many were connected to the timber industry, farming, or the railroads. Some legacies are quietly kept in family journals, others are better known. This story is of a well-known family who helped bring much positive change to the region.

Charles Swift came to the southeastern part of Baldwin County, Alabama with his brother in the 1880s. By the later part of that decade he was general superintendent and his brother logging superintendent of the Southern States Lumber Co. The brothers then went into business buying and selling huge tracts of forest land in...