Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 5, 2005

It's been 50 years in banking work for Shirley Hasse

By Lynda Jensen

Shirley Hasse of Mayer remembers half a century ago when people did their banking without account numbers and printed checks.

She remembers using pen and ink to enter handwritten transactions into a big ledger book, before the age of computers.

“Times have changed,” she noted wryly. “Now everything is done by computer, which was a learning experience.”

Hasse is observing her 50th anniversary in banking this year, having spent about 40 of those years serving customers at the First State Bank in New Germany, and the balance at the Mayer branch of Security Bank Waconia, where she works today.

She started out her banking career as a young girl at Waconia High School, when A.W. Hoese owned the bank in New Germany.

That same year – 1955 – the number one song in the country was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets. Popular television shows were The $64,000 Question, I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show.

During her senior year, a bank officer from New Germany visited the high school, asking if anyone was interested in working at the bank.

“I wrote a letter of interest and got the job,” Hasse said. “And the rest is history.”

Since that time, she has watched the banking industry go through many changes.

“The bank changed owners and names a few times, but I went along. All were small offices and did not exceed more than five employees,” Hasse noted.

The owner of Security Bank in Mayer is now Gale Hoese, she noted.

Hasse added that she has enjoyed past and present co-workers, as well as her customers.

“I’ve seen and heard many interesting things over the past years.” she added.

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