In 1864 Anna Martin’s husband became ill, and for the next fifteen
years most of the burden of supporting the family fell on her
shoulders. She kept a way station for the stage, sold groceries,
made butter for Fort Mason, and took in sewing while she cared for
an invalid husband. In 1879 both her husband and her mother died.
Despite poor health brought on by overwork, she and her sons began
to “battle life for all we could.” In two short years she was out of
debt and could at last build a nice home for her family.
worked hard to secure the future of her family. We at The Commercial
Bank are committed to working hard to help you secure your future.
dealt with the problems of being a business leader in a
male-dominated world in a very direct way “She excelled at what she
did.” “I heard men say she is only a woman, but showed them what a
woman could do and I had no trouble anymore. A many man came to me
and consulted me in their affairs and still do,” she wrote. “If you
need more money, you can have it here, as much as you wish,” she
told good customers.
By her own
account she “drifted into the bank business,” but one suspects she
was being overly modest. Few things this remarkable woman did seem
to have happened by accident.
Commercial Bank today is small enough to know its customers, yet
large enough to meet their needs. Just as it was in Anna Martin’s
time, our excellence is at your service.