J. F. Bastar, cashier of the State Bank of Colon, has proved very efficient in the discharge of his responsible
duties and is recognized as a leader in local financial circles. He was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on the
19th of March, 1876, a son of Anton and Antonia (Vanek) Bastar, both natives of Bohemia. In February, 1878, they
came to the United States and settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. In March, 1877, the father came west and located
in Ottawa county, Kansas, where he took up a homestead, the family following him about six months later. There
they farmed until October, 1892, when they removed to Prague, Nebraska, remaining there until November, 1898, when
they came to Wahoo, where the father passed away on the 81st of July, 1899.
In the family were five children, as follows: Johanna, the deceased wife of W. C. Kirchman; Adolph, who is in the
jewelry business in Chicago; John A., a jeweler of Harvey, Illinois; Mary, the wife of C. J. Vlach, of Omaha, Nebraska;
and J. F.
The last named received his education in the schools of Kansas and of Wahoo, Nebraska. When sixteen years of age
he began working in a general store at Prague, owned by his brother, and was so occupied until June 1, 1895, when
he was given a position as a bookkeeper in the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Prague, with which he was connected
until November, 1896. He then accepted a position as a clerk and bookkeeper in the Saunders County National Bank
at Wahoo, with which he remained until May 1, 1904. He next became cashier of the State Bank of Colon, succeeding
J. W. Dailey, and has since held that office. When he became connected with the bank its capital was seventy five
hundred dollars but it has since been increased to twenty thousand dollars. The present officers are: F. J. Kirchman,
of Wahoo, president; August Franson, of Colon, vice president; J. F. Bastar, cashier; E. H. Henderson, bookkeeper.
The bank has the entire confidence of the community and the growth of its business has been steady and rapid. In
addition to his connection with the State Bank of Colon, Mr. Bastar is a director and stockholder in the Saunders
County National Bank of Wahoo, of the Oak Creek Valley Bank of Valparaiso and the State Savings Bank of Wahoo and
is numbered among the substantial men of his town.
In June, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Bastar and Miss Marie Styskal, of David City, Nebraska. Both are devoted
communicants of the Roman Catholic church of Wahoo. The political belief of Mr. Bastar is that of the republican
party. During the greater part of his business career he has been connected with banking and his experience in
that line, combined with his natural aptitude for the work, has given him a wide knowledge and thorough understanding
of the banking procedure and of the fundamental principles of finance.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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