Our History

Our History

  • 1930’s

    Since the mid 1930’s The Lancaster Agency has evolved, in one form or another, from several old line insurance families, including “Buck” Gordon and “Soup” Campbell of the Gordon-Campbell Agency and Sam C. May & Ben J. Lancaster of the May & Lancaster Agency. Both represented some of the finest insurance carriers of the day including the Continental, Hartford, Westchester, Home, Reliance, America Fore, State Auto, etc. from their offices on Main Street in Lebanon.

  • 1941

    The tradition of outstanding professional service for Marion county’s insurance, real estate and auction needs began with Ben J. Lancaster in 1941.

  • 1962

    That same tradition of outstanding professional service has been ongoing with Charles E. Lancaster, Sr. since 1962.

  • 1985

    After Selling his interest in the May, Lancaster & Parman Agency in 1971, Agent, Auctioneer and Realtor Charles E. Lancaster, bought an interest in the Gordon Campbell Agency and continued that association until Campbell’s death in 1985. The Lancaster Agency was formed during that time, as the Real Estate and Auction arm of the firm and it became “The Lancaster Agency, Insurance-Real Estate-Auctions”, in 1985.

  • 1986

    The Lancaster Agency moved into their newly remodeled offices in 1986, converting a former Standard Oil service station into a modern, friendly office featuring off-street parking, a customer drive-up window and employee parking to the rear. The 121 East Main Street site is ideally located next to the United States Post Office and within one half block of the Marion County Courthouse.

  • 2000

    The tradition of outstanding professional service continues into the millennium with the third generation, Charles E. Lancaster, Jr.

  • Present

    Today the Agency represents insurance carriers that are more regional in nature and thus more acclimated toward life in the rural America. That list today includes State Auto of Columbus, Ohio, American States/Safeco of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kentucky Growers of Lexington, KY, Planters Insurance Co. of Bowling Green, KY, Omni/Hartford of Atlanta, Ga., Progressive Insurance of Cleveland, Oh. and others.