CHESANING — Harris Insurance coverage is celebrating 80 years in enterprise this week.
The native firm has moved a couple of instances since its inception, however it has remained a household affair.
“I really feel very lucky and honored to have been part of it,” Jolee Dankert stated. “My grandpa, Lloyd Harris, began it in 1938 from his home on Washington Road. Then it was moved to a constructing that’s subsequent to the publish workplace right here in Chesaning, however (the constructing’s) gone now. The Chamber of Commerce was really in there after he was in there.”
Dankert is the third technology of her household to run the enterprise.
She has been a secretary, treasurer or insurance coverage agent since her first days in 1981.
“I began working right here once I was in highschool,” she stated. “I finally acquired licensed after highschool. I really feel like we’re offering a service to folks right here on this group.”
Lloyd Harris handed away in 1959 and his son, Elwin, took over.
Elwin was accountable for shifting the corporate right into a business constructing and ultimately to the place Jeff Roy’s Barber Store is at this time on Broad Road.
“My brother, Dennis, and I are the homeowners now,” Dankert stated. “There are quite a lot of different insurance coverage corporations right here, and that’s competitors, which is nice, so it helps lots of people locally. It offers them an opportunity to buy round and choose the most effective worth.”
Dankert was born and raised in Chesaning. She initially had different ideas about her future, however she ultimately determined to stay with insurance coverage.
“Once I was youthful I assumed I’d be leaving the small city,” she stated. “However as time went on I acquired married, had a household and stayed. I’m glad it labored out the best way it did. It simply naturally transpired this manner.”
Dankert has two kids of her personal; she’s not completely positive the place their futures will lead.
“One has graduated from faculty,” she stated. “One other one continues to be in faculty, and so they’re each going in numerous instructions. So that they’re in all probability not going to be coming again this manner, however who is aware of. It’s arduous to say. They’re nonetheless so younger.”
Trying towards the longer term, Dankert hopes the corporate continues to be an integral a part of the village and space.
“I simply need it to proceed to develop,” she stated. “We’ve at all times been concerned with the group. Again once we had Showboat, I used to be on the Showboat adorning committee for a superb a few years and my mother was too. My dad was a part of the committee that helped to prepare Showboat, so we attempt to give again each time we are able to.”