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First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

HAMMOND | An immigrant saloon-keeper who had the neighborhood's only safe in his dance hall founded Peoples Bank in East Chicago in 1910, when the shining new steel mills brought in thousands of new residents, mostly from eastern and southern Europe.

July 28, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

Peoples Bank Chairman and CEO David Bochnowski speaks during a ribbon-cutting celebration Monday of the First Federal bank reopening as a Peoples Bank in downtown Hammond.

July 28, 2014 5:33 pm
First Federal reopens as Peoples Bank in downtown Hammond, Ind. Monday July 29, 2014. 
Stephanie Dowell, The Times

First Federal reopens as Peoples Bank in downtown Hammond, Ind. Monday July 29, 2014. Stephanie Dowell, The Times

Peoples Bank Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Bochnowski cuts the ribbon during a celebration of the First Federal bank reopening as a Peoples Bank in downtown Hammond, Ind. Monday July 28, 2014. Stephanie Dowell, The Times

July 28, 2014 5:33 pm
First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

Former First Federal President John Freyek, center, talks Monday with Peoples Bank Chairman and CEO David Bochnowski, left, and Peoples Bank Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Bochnowski during a ribbon-cutting celebration of the First Federal bank reopening as a Peoples Bank in downtown Hammond.

July 28, 2014 5:32 pm

Peoples Bank sees higher earnings after merger

MUNSTER | Northwest Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of Munster-based Peoples Bank, posted a 14.2 percent bump in profits after completing its acquisition with Hammond-based First Federal.

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm

Peoples Bank completes purchase of First Federal

Two longtime Northwest Indiana community banks have officially merged.

April 02, 2014 2:56 pm
A life in banking: Freyek marks 50 years as a banker

A life in banking: Freyek marks 50 years as a banker

First Federal Savings and Loan Association president and CEO John Freyek started his banking career back when First Federal was across the street from Goldblatt's Department Store in downtown Hammond and most of the employees cashed their paychecks there.

February 14, 2014 9:09 pm Photos

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Peoples Bank buys smaller Hammond savings and loan

MUNSTER | Peoples Bank has reached an agreement to buy First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hammond, gaining two new branches in the first acquisition in its 103-year history.

December 20, 2013 3:00 pm
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