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Marine Bank & Trust History
On May 2, 1932, Marine Trust Company of Carthage opened for business as a commercial bank at 500 Wabash Avenue, Carthage, Illinois.

The drive-in was built next to the bank in 1969 and in 1973 the Trust Department was introduced to Carthage.

On April 2, 1991, Marine Trust Company became the fourth bank in the Mercantile Bancorp Holding Company. This relationship has enabled Marine to make larger loans, improve our efficiency by installing the latest in computer and data processing technology, offer a greater variety of products and services, and bring additional expertise to our market area.

Marine Trust Company began offering more and more automated services as the years progressed in their small community. In 1992, the bank installed Carthage's first drive-up ATM, and in 1995 the bank was the first in the community to offer the MasterMoney Debit Card. With the 1996 installation of the Methode Electronic ATM, Marine became the first Carthage bank to have two local ATMs. Marine Trust is the only Carthage financial institution to have a certified financial planner on staff full-time, and now offers full brokerage/financial planning services.

On February 1, 1997, Marine Trust Company introduced their Web site to the community and at the same time announced their partnership with Adams NetWorks, Inc., the area's local Internet Provider. The bank has strived for their web site to not only be a source of information regarding Marine Trust Company, but also help make the Internet easier to use. Ongoing free Internet educational and demonstrative seminars are being offered to the community to help acquaint them with the Internet.

On May 30, 2001, our new website went "live" and we also started offering internet banking capabilities, including viewing and printing your statement or cancelled checks online, paying your bills, transfer of funds, applying for a new loan, or simply calculating a loan payment. These are just a few of the options available today through internet banking.

On January 1, 2005, Marine Trust Company became "Marine Bank & Trust" to more accurately reflect that we are indeed, a bank with Trust services.

On October 11th, 2005, Marine Bank & Trust moved off the square and opened its doors in a new facility at 410 Buchanan St in Carthage.

On April 7th, 2006, Marine Bank & Trust closed their Drive-in facility at 500 Wabash Ave.

On November 6th, 2006, to improve efficiency, two other Mercantile Bancorp banks in Hancock County (Security State Bank of Hamilton and State Bank of Augusta) were merged into Marine Bank & Trust of Carthage. Total assets of Marine Bank & Trust after the merger stood slightly over $161,000,000.

On May 25th, 2007, Marine Bank celebrated 75 years of service to the community with an open house in each lobby of the Carthage, Hamilton and Augusta Banks.

On Feb 26, 2010, United Community Bancorp, Inc which serves Springfield, Chatham, Loami, Auburn, Divernon, Pawnee, Gillespie, Bunker Hill, Greenfield, and Carlinville purchased Marine Bank & Trust and Brown County State Bank from Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. United Community Bank shares the same community oriented and small-town customer service philosophy that Marine Bank & Trust has stood behind for 77+ years. At the end of 2010, total assets of Marine Bank & Trust were approximately $212,000,000.