About the Crane Agency

Our Mission

To be a strong, independent organization established to support the activities of all its producers for the ultimate good of their clients. In an efficient and effective manner, our producers are to be given the tools to deliver the highest quality products to their valued clients. The agency is to maintain its impeccable relationships with it carriers. Our primary product is trust.

Our goal is to be the premier agency in our areas of expertise and to maximize profitability for both the agency and our producers. Our producers and employees are to be the best compensated in the industry. We are growth oriented but not at the expense of service. Our clients can be assured of our continued stability, not because of our history, but because of our plan for perpetuation into the future.

Our Founder

charlescraneCharles Linton Crane, the son of a steamboat captain, was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania in 1861. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when Charles was 11 years old, and he remained in St. Louis until his retirement. Charles began selling insurance as a young man, and in 1885 he founded his own insurance agency. Some of his early clients were barge owners, so the river continued to play a role in his life.

Charles married his wife Augusta in 1883. Augusta was the sister-in-law of President James Garfield. Charles and Augusta had three children: Frank, Charles Jr., and Helen. A former Crane Agency partner recalled an era when business, in general, was struggling: “Even during the Depression when we were in pretty bad shape –  like everyone else at the time – we still paid off our companies.” Charles and his partners took out bank loans and paid the remainder out of pocket.

Upon his retirement in 1933, the founding father of the Crane Agency moved to California where he bought and operated a large citrus fruit farm. Charles Crane died in Beverly Hills, California in 1944 at the age of 83.  Thanks to the integrity and hard work of its founder, the Crane Agency continues to grow and prosper throughout its many branch offices.

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