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Our History

Serving our community since 1953.

A look back to where it all began.

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A family-owned and operated business serving Vinton County, OH and Ohio statewide. For decades, we have been honored to be able to protect and serve our local community and look forward to protecting residents and businesses for years to come.

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A Family of Businesses

We are a family of local businesses offering the local community services for insurance, residential real estate, rental real estate, and more.

Our History - Portrait of George and Dorothy Booth

Benefactors George and Dorothy Booth

Our Story

In 1953, George E. Booth, an employee at the Vinton County National Bank, began searching for a method to supplement his salary and provide more for his wife, Dorothy, and their four children. Earlier that year, David R. Booth, George’s father, relocated to McArthur from Wilkesville after a fire destroyed the family home.

David was looking for light work to occupy his time. Noting that no one in the county was selling real estate at that time, David and George approached the Central Realty Company of Columbus to propose an alliance. George and David passed their licensing examinations on their first attempts, and they established a branch office of Central Realty in George’s house. Within two years, Dorothy earned her license to sell real estate and joined her husband and father-in-law in the venture.

By 1955, it seemed prudent to sell casualty insurance, so George and Dorothy earned licenses to sell insurance. In 1960, they affiliated with the Grange Mutual Casualty Company of Columbus, a union that remains intact today.

Having established an insurance business, the team needed an office outside the home. Dorothy retired from her teaching position to operate the business full-time. In 1967, the office moved to its current location on Market Street in downtown McArthur. That same year, George and Dorothy’s son, David M. Booth, joined the firm. Their daughter, Janet Booth Bolender, joined the following year as office manager and insurance agent.

In 1975, their real estate business was incorporated, and the alliance with Central Realty ended. They established a second firm in Jackson in 1983, focusing on insurance services. That firm has since been sold to long-time employee Terry Radekin.

In 1993, David Randall Booth, the son of David M. Booth, joined the firm as a real estate seller and insurance agent. The younger David is the fourth generation to enter into the family business. In 2002, Ruby Booth, David M. Booth’s wife, signed on in an administrative support role and insurance agent.

Our History - Vintage Photo of Downtown McArthur Ohio with Row of Antique Cars Parked Next to a Commercial Building

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