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Insurance Industry in Wheeling, 1886


- from The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, September 14, 1886.
 

THE INSURANCE INTEREST


Wheeling an Insurance Centre


The Low Home Risk


Wheeling's insurance companies have a deserved name for probity, financial soundness, efficient management and prompt payment of losses wherever insurance business is done. She has ten fire and one life company, and all are in a flourishing and prosperous condition. Over $1,000,000 is represented in the capital of these companies. Besides these all the first class companies elsewhere are represented by local agents, and there are a number of extensive State and general agencies located here. Nowhere is the risk smaller than in Wheeling. This is forcibly shown by the fact that in the past three years there have been but sixteen fires where the loss was more than nominal, and of these the average loss was less than $1,000. Following is a list of the local companies, with their officers:


AETNA FIRE AND MARINE

W.B. Simpson, President; Peter Welty, Vice President; H.M. Schmit, Secretary; David G. Morgan, General Agent.


AMERICAN FIRE

J.A. Miller, President; John Frew, Vice President; P.B. Dobbins, Secretary.


FIRE AND MARINE

T.H. Logan, President; Charles H. Collier, Secretary; B.S. McLure, Assistant Secretary; F.C. Myers, Solicitor.


FRANKLIN FIRE AND MARINE

J.N. Vance, President; M. Reilly, Vice President; J.L. Stroehlein, Secretary; James F. Adams, Assistant Secretary.


GERMAN FIRE

William F. Stifel, President; Anton Reymann, Vice President; August Rolf, Treasurer; W.S. Foose, Secretary; John J.Bayha, Assistant Secretary; Christ Vieweg, Local Agent. The President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Messrs. PhilipSchueble, A.C. Egerter, Fred Schenck, Casper Heil, Henry Bieberson and Louis F. Stifel compose the Board of Directors.


JEFFERSON FIRE

E.W. Oglebay, President; John D. Culbertson, Vice-President; F. Riester, Secretary; Theo. Roller, Agent.


MANUFACTURERS' FIRE

J.M. Brown, President; J.C. Alderson, Vice-President; William F. Butler, jr., Secretary.


OHIO VALLEY FIRE

Joseph Speidel, President; W.I. McLure, Secretary.


PEABODY FIRE

Alonzo Loring, President; J.F. Paull, Secretary.


UNDERWRITERS' FIRE

Robert Crangle, president; Joseph Paull, vice-president; Alfred Paull, secretary; Charles H. Senseny, Solicitor.


OHIO VALLEY LIFE

I.H. Duval, president; George D. Eldridge, vice-president; William O.Handlan, secretary; T.H. Logan, treasurer; Dr. T.B. Campbell, medical director; Robert White, attorney; C.J. Dillon, general manager.


Insurance has been an important business here for a score of years, and in that time no Wheeling insurance company has become bankrupt, or failed to pay any legitimate loss.


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