The company's history surrounds them daily--pictures of their ancestors who worked at the same company adorn the walls. A photo of Mason as a child hangs in his office. In it, there's a telegram telling his mother that a desk had already been picked out for the youngest family member.
Going through records, they dug up receipts showing what Mason's grandfather,
Mason said the 125-year milestone means
"We didn't sell out to a bank and really don't want to do so," he said.
The business was founded in 1891 by
In 125 years, the company has insured the residents of
"It's why we have a fire department today," said Mason.
But like many kids from a small town, both Mason and Hargett wanted to get as far away from
After graduating from college, Mason worked for a bank in
"He told me, 'You're not from
Hargett followed a similar trajectory, working in
"I wanted to get out, but after a taste of urbanity I didn't mind coming back. Raising a family here and living life in
Coming back meant getting involved, which Mason called an essential part of living in a small town.
Both are active in
Hargett said that attention to the community by each generation is why the business has succeeded.
Though technology has changed the business, he said they are committed to the community and try to offer traditional service.
"We sell commercial, personal and farm insurance, so our clients can get everything they need, and we like to meet face to face," Hargett said.
He said servicing existing customers and paying attention to renewals sets them apart in the modern insurance age.
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