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Failed Bank Information

Information for Bank of Whitman, Colfax, WA

  1. Introduction
  2. Press Release
  3. Acquiring Financial Institution
  4. Question and Answer Guide
        En Espanol
  5. Banking Services
  6. Loan Customers
  7. Possible Claims Against the Failed Institution
  8. Priority of Claims
  9. Dividend Information
  10. Brokered Deposits
  11. Purchase and Assumption Agreement (4 MB PDF File - PDF Help)
  12. Bid Summary
  13. Balance Sheet Summary

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I.  Introduction

On Friday, August 5, 2011, Bank of Whitman, Colfax, WA was closed by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a car loan, a business checking account, a commercial loan, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution. The FDIC has compiled the following information, which should answer many of your questions.

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II.  Press Release

The FDIC has issued a press release (PR-132-2011) about the institution's closure. If you represent a media outlet and would like information about the closure, please contact Greg Hernandez at 1-202-898-6984.

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III.  Acquiring Financial Institution

All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to Columbia State Bank, Tacoma, WA ("assuming institution") and will be available immediately.

The following eight former Bank of Whitman locations will reopen as branches of Columbia State Bank during regular business hours beginning Monday, August 8, 2011:

233 Bridge St., Clarkston; 201 S. Main St., Colfax; 605 E. Main St., Othello; 795 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman; 201 W. Main, Ritzville; 618 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane (Downtown); 12812 N. Addison St., Spokane and 500 W. Main St., Walla Walla.

The remaining twelve branches will not reopen. Customers of these branches should refer to the link below for information about the nearest open branch:

Whitman Branches Closed

Your transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at Columbia State Bank for six months after the failure of Bank of Whitman. Checks that were drawn on Bank of Whitman that did not clear before the institution closed will be honored as long as there are sufficient funds in the account. If you have questions about your account(s) transferred to the assuming bank, you may speak to an FDIC representative by calling (888) 206-4662.

For general questions about FDIC deposit insurance coverage, please call 1-877-275-3342 or visit EDIE, the FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator.

EDIE - FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator

You may withdraw your funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty until you enter into a new deposit agreement with Columbia State Bank as long as the deposits are not pledged as collateral for loans. You may view more information about Columbia State Bank by visiting their web site.

Columbia State Bank (

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V.  Banking Services

Depositors can access their accounts and other banking services through the use of checks, ATMs, debit cards, and the Internet. ATMs at the twelve former Bank of Whitman locations that will not reopen will remain operational through Sunday, August 7, 2011.

The eight former Bank of Whitman locations that will reopen as branches of Columbia State Bank will maintain their regular business hours, and you may continue to use the services to which you previously had access, such as safe deposit boxes, night deposit boxes, wire services, etc.

Customers with safe deposit boxes at the twelve locations not reopening should call 1-800-881-7816 to set up an appointment to claim the contents of their boxes. Customers will have until August 26, 2011 to access their safe deposit boxes at these locations.

All interest accrued through Friday, August 5, 2011 will be paid at your same rate.  Columbia State Bank will be reviewing rates.  You will be notified of any changes.

Your direct deposits and automatic withdrawals will be transferred to your new bank. If you have any questions or special requests, you may contact a representative of your new bank at your branch office.

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VI.  Loan Customers

If you had a loan with Bank of Whitman, you should continue to make your payments as usual. The terms of your loan will not change, because they are contractually agreed to in your promissory note. Checks should be made payable as usual and sent to the same address until further notice. If you have further questions regarding an existing loan, please contact your loan officer.

For all questions regarding new loans and the lending policies of Columbia State Bank, please contact your branch office. Please see A Borrower's Guide to an FDIC Insured Bank Failure for additional information.

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VII.  Possible Claims Against the Failed Institution

Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. If you or your company provided a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to Bank of Whitman after Friday, August 5, 2011 and have not been paid, you do not have a claim against Bank of Whitman. Please follow your normal billing procedures by providing an invoice as instructed.

If you or your company provided a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to Bank of Whitman prior to Friday, August 5, 2011 and have not been paid, you may be entitled to a claim against the bank. If you provided a product to or a service for Bank of Whitman prior to the bank's failure for which you have not been paid and you have not received communication, please contact:

FDIC as Receiver for Bank of Whitman
1601 N. Bryan Street
Dallas, TX  75201-3430
Attention: Claims Agent

Please note: There are time limits for filing a claim, your claim must be filed on or before 11/09/2011.

All shares of Bank of Whitman were owned by its holding company, Whitman Bancorporation, Inc., Colfax, WA. The holding company was not included in the closing of the bank or the resulting receivership. If you are a shareholder of Whitman Bancorporation, Inc., please do not contact or file a claim with the receiver. You must contact Whitman Bancorporation, Inc. directly for information as follows:

Whitman Bancorporation, Inc.
Att: Bill Knox
P.O. Box 270
Colfax, WA  99111

(888) 206-4662

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VIII.  Priority of Claims

In accordance with Federal law, allowed claims will be paid, after administrative expenses, in the following order of priority:

  1. Depositors
  2. General Unsecured Creditors
  3. Subordinated Debt
  4. Stockholders

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IX.  Dividend Information

Dividend History on Bank of Whitman

Dividend Information on Failed Financial Institutions

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X.  Brokered Deposits

The FDIC offers a reference guide to deposit brokers acting as agents for their investor clientele.  This site outlines the FDIC's policies and procedures that must be followed by deposit brokers when filing for pass-through insurance coverage on custodial accounts deposited in a failed FDIC Insured Institution.

Deposit Broker's Processing Guide

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