HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG3991.AM: Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company (Red Cloud, Neb.)
Red Cloud, Webster County, Neb.: Insurance company
Size: 1 volume
The Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company was chartered in 1849 in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was one of the first insurance companies to embark in the agency business. The company had a large business in Chicago prior to the great fire of 1871, and its advertising claimed that those who were covered for property held in Chicago during the fire received every dollar that they were due.
Although the Springfield Insurance Company was not listed in the Nebraska State Gazetteer for the years covered by these records, the Kaley Brothers were listed as insurance agents in several of these volumes. The register in this collection shows Charles W. Kaley as agent. Charles W. Kaley’s obituary (1917) states that he and his brother entered into partnership in 1876. The 1879 Gazetteer lists the Kaley Brothers as attorneys, real estate agents, and collection and insurance agents. Whether the Red Cloud agency began in 1876 or 1879, this insurance business was undoubtedly one of Red Cloud’s earliest businesses.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of one volume, an insurance policy register dating from 1882-1908. The volume relates to insurance policies held with the Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company agency in Red Cloud, Nebraska. It records the name and residence of the policy-holder, the policy number, the term of risk, the commencement date, the expiration date, the amount insured, the rate, the premium, and a copy of the policy. The copy of the policy provides a specific description of the items and/or building being insured. A partial alphabetical index of policy-holders is included.
- Insurance policy register, 1882-1908
Insurance — Nebraska
Red Cloud (Neb.) — Businesses
Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company (Red Cloud, Neb.)
Webster County (Neb.) — Businesses
Revised 11-01-2007 TMM