News & Updates

Celebrating 25 Years!

 2017 marks the 25th year the Gerber family has owned and operated the Community Bank of Cameron.   The Bank is only one of a long line of business ventures the family has been involved in during their time in Northwest Wisconsin.  The Gerber family has a history of entrepreneurship, dating back to when Ernest Gerber immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in 1909.

After taking a short course in cheese-making from the University of Wisconsin School of Agriculture, Ernest started a family farm and cheese factory along the banks of the Chippewa River north of Bruce, Wisconsin.  He and his sons drove around to the local farmers collecting their milk and brought it back to their home to make cheese, which they then shipped via the railroad to St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Chicago.  During the Great Depression, the cheese factory closed and the family switched to dairy farming until 1956, at which time they purchased the Exeland (WI) Feed Mill, which Ernest ran until his death in 1972.

That entrepreneurial spirit was passed down to his children, who over the years owned and operated such businesses as hardware stores, implement dealerships, construction companies, feed mills, auto dealerships, restaurants, drug stores, farms, and banks.  After coming back from serving in the military during World War II, Ernest’s son’s Franz and Herman started a hardware store, purchased a Kaiser dealership, sold Ford farm implements, and then owned and operated numerous Ford auto dealerships.  Both brothers worked well into their 80’s, selling everything from boots and washing machines to cars and logging equipment.

Franz’s son Terry took over running the Exeland Feed Mill after his Grandfather Ernest’s death.  It was truly a family business, with Terry working out in the mill, his wife Mary working in the office, and children Ted, Tim, Ty and Cara helping out wherever needed.  Terry eventually sold the business and in February 1992 he and Franz purchased a controlling interest in the Community Bank of Cameron. 

The next generation of Gerber’s has continued to follow the small business career path.  Ted and his wife Kelly joined the Bank in 1997, opening the Grantsburg Branch in 1998. Tim came aboard seven years later, managing the Siren Branch until moving to the Cameron Branch in 2014.   Ty owns and operates a child development center in Appleton, WI, and Cara currently works as the Bank’s Compliance Officer.

More than anything else, the legacy that Ernest Gerber has passed down through his family is the values that guide us at the Bank: hard work, fair dealing, and respect for our customers and communities.  Keeping these values at the heart of what we do each day, our goal is for you to continue to trust Community Bank for the next 25 years.

More than anything else, the legacy that Ernest Gerber has passed down through his family is the values that guide us at the Bank: hard work, fair dealing, and respect for our customers and communities.  Keeping these values at the heart of what we do each day, our goal is for you to continue to trust Community Bank for the next 25 years.

Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime

Community Bank of Cameron continues to work with our customers on keeping financial data safe and secure.  Please take a few minutes to learn more about how to protect yourself and your data by visiting this cybercrime guide.

Important disclosures regarding FDIC insurance rules.

For more information about FDIC insurance coverage of transaction accounts, visit www.fdic.gov.

Attention Online Banking Customers:

Federal Financial Regulators are reporting that Internet threats have changed significantly over the past several years. Sophisticated hacking techniques and growing organized cyber-criminal groups are increasingly targeting financial institutions, compromising security controls, and engaging in online account takeovers and fraudulent electronic funds transfers.

In order to help ensure the security of your online transactions, please follow this guide: Conducting Your Transactions Online