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100 Years at American Insurance

This is “our” history – yours and ours! Since 1922 American Insurance has become an inseparable part of the communities it serves. Our history is also the history of the business and civic leaders who helped shape and build our local communities. 

Watch this page for updates as we tell our story all throughout the year of 2022 to highlight our century mark in the LC valley!  

Watch short videos, read expanded stories, take the History Mysteries Quizzes and win prizes, read our Special Edition Historic Newsletters below. 

Planter: Frank "Sully" Sullivan

Click the headline above to read how Sully, an Iowa farm boy, became a successful insurance agent, well-known civic leader and second-generation Sullivan to own American Insurance.  Also, read other related stories about Sully below:

HISTORY MYSTERIES QUIZZES

Win a prize! Quiz answers are found in on our historic calendar, videos, expanded stories and historic newsletters. History Mysteries Quiz #2 (ends 06/30/22) 

AUDIO - Listen to the Planter :60 radio story here.


VIDEO - View the Planter :30 story below.

Pioneers: Harry & Blanche (Sullivan) Christy

Click the headline to read how American Insurance was founded in 1922 as the Mackey-Thiessen Investment Co. The name changed to American Insurance and Loan Co. in 1926. How the business came into the Sullivan family is the story of our agency “Pioneers”, Harry and Blanche (Sullivan) Christy. Also, read other related stories below:

AUDIO - Listen to the Pioneers :60 radio story here.


VIDEO - View the Pioneers :30 video story below. 

Founder: OM Mackey

Click the headline to read the founding story of American Insurance, which would not be complete without first understanding the life and times of O.M. Mackey, an Illinois banker looking for new opportunities for business growth leading up to the "Roaring 20s". That entrepreneurial vision would lead to the founding of three major businesses in Lewiston that employed hundreds and built up the community.   

AUDIO - Listen to the Founder :60 radio story here.


VIDEO - View the Founder :30 video story below. 


HISTORY MYSTERIES QUIZZES 

Win a prize! Quiz answers are found in on our historic calendar, videos, expanded stories and historic newsletters. History Mysteries Quiz #2 (ends 06/30/22) 

SPECIAL EDITION HISTORIC NEWSLETTERS

Four Sullivan generations have had the privilege to touch the lives of thousands of our neighbors - as customers and employees, as claimants who receive needed insurance benefits, or as civic support and leadership to make our community strong. We’re excited to tell our story and yours as well of our 4 generations of Sullivan family ownership.

Wish to reach out to tell us your agency connection? Contact Marketing Manager Stephanie Herbert at community [at] am-ins [dot] com or (208) 413-6242 to share your story.