Teachers Credit Union's new office is next door to its Baker roots

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The Okaloosa County Teachers Federal Credit Union’s new Baker branch office is close to the institution’s roots at Baker School, in the background. INSET, Second-generation credit union employee Ariel Murph Crews' late father, David Murph, was the first employee of the Baker branch.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 15:51 PM.

BAKER — The Okaloosa County Teachers Federal Credit Union’s June 21 move out of the Baker Block into its new home next to the Gator Café brought it closer to its roots.

In 1960, Dan Green, a Baker School teacher, had the idea to form a credit union just for teachers. He recruited B.J. Brown, a Baker School mathematics teacher who was about to retire.

“Dan and Mr. Brown would talk on the telephone long into the night, planning and discussing the future of this credit union,” Gloria Reeves, the institution’s second employee, said before her 2004 retirement.

The credit union’s first office was a temporary building erected behind the former Richbourg Middle School in Crestview, current President and CEO Jerry Maughon said.

The Baker branch

The Baker branch office opened 12 years ago in the Baker Block location of the former post office, next door to the Baker Block Museum.

The late David Murph, who’d worked many years for the Bank of Crestview, was the branch’s first employee.



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