Meyer Agency was founded as the Schultz Agency in 1937. The founder, Louis C.
Schultz, was a retired Chebanse Postmaster and he purchased the ornate Bank of
Chebanse building at the corner of Chestnut and First North Street.
The original plan was to open a currency exchange in the building since the Bank had failed during the depression and Chebanse residents needed a place to cash checks and do
limited financial transactions. During the course of running the currency exchange many
residents asked if Louis could write insurance, which was just starting to become popular
in rural areas.
He became licensed and contracted with The Hartford. Louis C. Schultz ran the
Agency until 1951 when his son, Louis M. Schultz returned from the service. Louis M.
Schultz was the sole principal until 1970 when he sold the business to Howard Meyer, his
nephew, who was farming at the time. Howard built the business and added Crop
Insurance to the property casualty lines that were already being offered.
Howard, along with his wife Melba and two secretaries built the business to the point
that another agent was needed. In 1976 Howard was joined by his son, Jim, who had
been living in the St. Louis area. Father and son worked together until 1990 when
Howard's health forced him to retire.
In 1991 Jim bought the Agency and changed the name to Meyer Agency, Inc. Jim
remained the sole principal until 1995 when he was joined by his nephew (sound
familiar), Jason Mathy. Jason is an all lines agent and has been the recipient of many
Awards. Jim's wife, Adele, had been managing the seasonal crop insurance business until
2001 when she joined the Agency full time as an all lines agent.
Meyer Agency, Inc. is a Multiple Lines, five generation family run Independent
Agency that is ready to serve you. After 71 years we are still located in that old beautiful
ornate Bank of Chebanse Building that Grandpa Schultz purchased so long ago. We
continue to provide personal service to our present customers and look forward to serving