Trust used to be a strong value in the Corvallis community. Everyone could rely and depend on each other. People would lend a hand whenever help was needed. It would be considered rude not to help someone.
An example of these neighborly actions was when the crops needed to be harvested. Sometimes a person needed help bringing in the crops. They couldn't do it by themselves so some of the people in the community pitched in to help them. The members of the community gladly saved someone's crops.
Friendships usually developed off of dependability and trust. If someone always helped you do something you would trust them. Since everyone would help each other most of the people in the community became friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bailey recount: "My favorite story about Farmer's State bank was all, we, we were young at the time and ill debt. nk carried us from one year to the next when this child of ours became very ill. We were back at, all, the Mayo Clinic and um one day we received a fat envelope from the bank. And inside were, oh I don't know how many notes. And Clay Groff and we know that some day you'll be able to pay us back. And we know that you're up against it now so just sign these notes as you need the money send the notes back to the bank. Well we told this story in Rochester to a number of people and they said "you've got to be kidding there isn't a bank like that anywhere in the world."
The bank would let you borrow as much money as you needed to if it was a reasonable amount. They would trust that you would be honest and would pay them back. Some people's payment would get larger and larger each month. Most places banks like this.
A long time ago if you were to lose something you would have a good chance of getting it back. If the lost object liad your name on it, it would be returned. If the object didn't have your name on it you might find it in a lost and found.
Long-time Corvallis resident, Otto Quast, remembers: "Everybody was friends. You knew everybody, and everybody was friends. And it used to be at that time you never used to lock your doors. If you were going down the road and say you lost a log chain, and somebody would come along and take that log hain, take it off to the road and hang it up. Till' the person that came by who owned it could come by and pick it up."