The Ferguson Agency Story
A Family Legacy
In 1946, Harold Edward Ferguson had just returned home to western Nebraska. Like thousands of other young men, World War II had taken its toll on him. From the beaches of Guadalcanal to Saipan to Iwo Jima, he had already seen too much. At twenty-two, he was a veteran of the world’s most terrible war, but now that it was over, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. A family member suggested insurance sales, and he jumped at the opportunity. Soon, he was a licensed health insurance agent contracted with Continental Casualty Company.
In 1946, most Americans did not have health insurance, nor did they believe they needed any. Harold went door-to-door, talking to everyone about the value of health insurance. He sat at kitchen tables and on front porches detailing the benefits of each insurance plan. In 1958, H.E. Ferguson began to represent the Nebraska Stock Growers Association (known today as the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association). A few years later, he began to represent the Stock Growers Associations of South Dakota and Wyoming. In this capacity he served hundreds of ranchers throughout the region.