SEVENTY PLUS YEARS AND STILL GROWING!
THE HISTORY OF EAGLE RIDGE INSURANCE SERVICES
In 1947, James H. Abell purchased Green and Company, an
insurance agency that had started business in the 1930's. Around the same time,
his father-in-law, B.L. Beaty joined the agency as a real estate agent. "Buff"
Abell operated the agency until his death in 1976.
At that time, John Holiman, a partner in the agency, purchased
Mr. Abell's interest and continued the agency until 1985, when John Hibler
purchased the Abell-Beaty Agency. Mr. Hibler had purchased another agency, (Garone
Insurance Agency. Inc.) and used this agency as the corporate entity (doing
business as Abell-Beaty & Hibler Insurance Agency.)
In January 2000, Jack Skelton (Owner of Eagle Ridge Insurance Services)
and a partner purchased
John Hibler's interest in the agency. Eagle Ridge Insurance Services and
Benefits Broker were merged into the existing corporate structure.
In January 2005, the partnership separated, Garone Insurance Agency, Inc. (ABH/Eagle
Ridge Insurance Services) continued operation with Jack Skelton as Owner. The
agency name has been changed to Eagle Ridge Insurance Services Company, Inc.
The agency continues to serve its customers as an independent
insurance agency representing several major insurance companies. Products
include personal Lines (Auto, Homeowners, Dwelling Fire, Boats, Motorcycles,
Personal Article Floaters, and Personal Umbrellas), and commercial lines (a wide
variety of business insurance products).