Hibernia Bank

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Wondering if anyone can help me find out info regarding the Hibernia Bank's history in San Francisco. I've done websearchs and the best thing that I can come up with is info at tobinlaw.com. I'm really trying to find out when it closed and why. I believe the branch at 1 Jones is being used by the SFPD. Anything would help. Thanks!

-- Thomas Harrison (tennthomas@yahoo.com), October 12, 2002

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Just an aside.

Hibernia's importance in San Francisco history has an architectural as well as banking niche.

The distinctive architecture of 1 Jones and the totally dissimilar, though monolithic,look of the neighborhood branches gave Hibernia instant recognition.

Even today those neighborhood buildings whose current uses range form the Social Security Administration in the Mission to a fruit market in the Excelsior proclaim the enduring presence of Hibernia in San Francisco history.

Good luck in your research.

-- Kurt Iversen (iversenk@aol.com), October 15, 2002.


The Hibernia Bank was bought out by Crocker Bank, which was subsequently bought by Wells Fargo.

Tobin law probably refers to the Tobin family, which had a big interest in it. Francis A. Martin III, the former President of KRON- TV, was once treasurer of Hibernia Bank. The thing has some sort of tie in with the DeYoung Family, which formerly owned the San Francisco Chronicle and everything else in San Francisco.

-- mg (maugo99@hotmail.com), October 19, 2002.


The tie in is that the son (Joseph Tobin) of the founder of the Hibernia Bank (Richard Tobin) married the daughter (Constance) of Mike De Young, one of the founders of the Chronicle. On top of just this relationship, the Tobins have blood lines and money lines going to numerous other big businesses including PG&E. The rich stick with the rich so that they can get even richer and all us poor fools can do is write about it.

-- Harry Murphy (harrymurphy*@bigmailbox.net), October 19, 2002.

just another aside to your question re. the Hibernia Bank. the branch that used to be on Noreiga was the bank robbed by Patty Hearst and the SLA

-- mike dempsey (mikede1-87@aol.com), October 26, 2002.

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-- Scott M. Hall (ivecrashedtheserver@hotm ail.com), October 30, 2002

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A previous answer is somewhat incorrect. The Hibernia bank was bought by Crocker, but subsequently Crocker was bought by Bank of America, not Wells Fargo.

-- Bo Raxo (nevermind@neverhere.com), March 01, 2003.

Crocker National Bank was NOT bought by Bank of America. It was indeed bought by Wells Fargo Bank in 1986. I know this because my wife was a long time employee of Crocker and was very much affected by this buyout -- she lost her job and was transferred to a different company that took over parts of Crocker's business. The Crocker name lives on in one place: its grand main office at Post and Montgomery Streets is known as "The Crocker Branch" of Wells Fargo Bank -- WFB decided that Crocker's main office was more elegant than its own main office, which was across the street, and which they closed.

-- Carleton MacDonald (carletonm@comcast.net), July 17, 2004.

I see that several people have indicated that the Hibernia Bank was bought out by Crocker. I banked with Hibernia for years; they were bought out by Security Pacific Bank; I lived across the street from the Hibernia branch at 22nd and Valencia...

-- laurie l. (iaro@aol.com), July 20, 2004.

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