First Federal was founded to fulfill a public need. In the early 1960s, Rochester’s area banks did not offer mortgage loans. To fulfill that need, Dick and his college roommate from Purdue University, Joseph Hasler, formed the idea in 1964 of founding a thrift bank. After obtaining the charter, they and the directors were ready to open the door on the first business day of 1966 in a room warmed by a one lung furnace. By the end of the first year, First Federal had $1 million in savings deposits.