Kitsap Bank's Beginning
In August 1908, Kitsap County Bank opened its doors in a small building at the corner of Bay Street and Frederick Street in downtown Port Orchard, Washington. Six years later, while visiting the Puget Sound from his home in North Dakota, Frank Langer fell in love with the region and vowed to return when he had completed his schooling. Langer was the son of a pioneer farmer, banker and legislator. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Frank Langer returned to the Northwest to begin his banking career under the guidance of Kitsap Bank’s third president, Otto Strizik. Frank interrupted his banking work to serve our country during World War I. Returning home from the war, Mr. Langer eventually purchased controlling interest from Strizik in both Kitsap County Bank and the First National Bank of Poulsbo. At this time, Frank Langer married Hannah Norum, whose father was director of the Poulsbo bank. Mr. Langer served as President of Kitsap Bank for 22 years from 1930 until his death in 1952.