On Mutual Ground

The Society Insurance Story

In 2015, as we look back on a century of change, we’re proud to say our steadfast commitment to being a policyholder-owned mutual company has never wavered. We honor the threshermen who started it all in 1915 and the business owners of today whose livelihoods we are entrusted to protect. We acknowledge our agents and employees past and present for their contributions, and we celebrate a future in which we all continue to stand on mutual ground.

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2015

2015

We embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders.

2013

2013

Nearing a century of growth and strength, direct written premium reaches $150 million as more and more business owners choose Society.

2012

2012

Our promise is distilled into just four words.

2011

2011

Rick Parks becomes the ninth president in our nearly 100-year history.

2007

2007

Our “Society’s Best” agent recognition program is introduced.

2007

2007

We establish the Society Insurance Charitable Fund and disburse $675,000 in grants to the community in the first eight years.

2006

2006

We are endorsed by:

  • the Indiana Restaurant Association.
  • the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association.
2004

2004

James P. Thomas serves as our president until 2011.

2002

2002

We are endorsed by the Wisconsin Medical Society.

2001

2001

The Iowa Lodging Association endorses us.

1999

1999

We are endorsed by:

  • the Wisconsin Grocers Association.
  • the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association.
  • the Hotel-Motel Association of Illinois.
1998

1998

The Iowa Hospitality Association endorses us.

1997

1997

Society expands into Indiana.

1996

1996

Society expands into Illinois and Iowa.

1995

1995

We change our name from Threshermen’s Mutual Insurance Company to Society Insurance.

1993

1993

The entire company moves to our new building on Camelot Drive.

1989

1989

To accommodate growth, our Claim Department moves to a temporary location at 7 Sheboygan St.

1988

1988

We are endorsed by:

  • the Tavern League of Wisconsin.
  • the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors.
1987

1987

Threshermen’s Mutual Insurance Company replaces Lumbermen’s Mutual Insurance Company as a workers compensation assigned risk carrier for the state of Wisconsin.

1987

1987

Michael L. Wagner serves as our president until 2004.

1986

1986

We are endorsed by the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association.

1985

1985

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association endorses us for workers compensation.

1983

1983

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association endorses us for property and liability.

1980

1980

The addition of commercial property and casualty insurance helps drive our gross written premium to over $10 million.

1975

1975

We diversify to include commercial property and casualty insurance.

1967

1967

John T. Boyle serves as our general manager until 1974 when he becomes president, a post he holds until 1987.

1960

1960

Growth in liability and workers compensation business helps us break the $1 million mark in net written premium.

1960

1960

Clarence Sheridan serves as our president until 1974.

1954

1954

We open a new office building at 50 N. Portland Street.

1953

1953

William Seffern serves as our president until 1960.

1952

1952

Edward O’Neill serves as our general manager until 1967.

1946

1946

We add public liability insurance to our workers compensation offerings.

1946

1946

We shorten our name to Threshermen’s Mutual Insurance Company.

1945

1945

Russell Hanson serves as our president until 1953.

1937

1937

We move into the National Exchange Bank building at 130 S. Main Street.

1930

1930

We purchase Threshermen’s National Insurance Company.

1926

1926

Ethel Malone is hired as our first employee. She retires after 46 years, then serves on the board of directors for another 14.

1924

1924

We retain the legal counsel of Duffy and McGalloway at a cost of $1,000 for the year.

1921

1921

We order 1,000 lead pencils and 700 calendars.

1920

1920

Herman Carstens serves as our president until 1945.

1920

1920

As general manager, Grace Lewis moves our small business to her family home at 15 S. Main Street.

1918

1918

Working out of her husband’s pool hall as assistant secretary and treasurer, Grace Lewis begins her 34-year career with our company.

1918

1918

Our fledgling business moves from Madison to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

1916

1916

Gross written premium for our first full year totals $12,215.33.

1915

1915

William H. Prisk serves as our president until 1920.

1915

1915

Wisconsin Brotherhood of Threshermen Insurance Company, Ltd. Mutual is formed by threshermen to provide workers compensation insurance for threshing crews.

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