The roots of this Agency go back to the early 1940's when Security Fire
Insurance Company of Davenport merged with Hawkeye Casualty Company of
Des Moines, Iowa. Because of overlapping Field Representatives, DeArmond
Apple established the Apple Agency in Rock Island, Illinois.
In the early to mid '50's DeArmond Apple was joined by his two
sons-in-law, Benjamin D. Farrar, Jr. and Ollie Briggs. The Agency was
then known as the "Apple Briggs & Farrar" Agency. In the mid '50's
Mr. Apple's untimely death changed the name to Briggs & Farrar.
In 1960, Mr. Briggs and Mr. Farrar agreed to dissolve their partnership
and Ben Farrar & Co. was born. In the mid '70's Mr. Farrar's two
sons, Ben III and Tom entered the Agency and purchased it from their
father in 1986. During the tenure of Ben Farrar & Co. they have
purchased the "Bennett Agency", "Schillinger & Cook Agency", "Dodge
and Krueger Agency", "Harold Schroeder Agency", and "The Ellis Company".
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