"ALFA DONATES $5,000 TO PIKE PIONEER MUSEUM"
MONTGOMERY Alfa Insurance Co. has donated $5,000 to the Pike Pioneer Museum in Troy in honor of long-time Pike County farmer and early Alfa Insurance agent J.C. Harden of Banks.
A life-long farmer, Harden, 92, helped the Alabama Farmers Federation establish an insurance company in 1946 by selling some of Alfa's first fire policies to farmers in Pike, Barbour, Bullock, Dale and Coffee counties.
"Mr. Harden was a pioneer in bringing affordable insurance protection to the farmers of Alabama," said Al Dees, Alfa's executive vice president of marketing. "The record of accomplishment Mr. Harden built during the mid-1940s is remarkable. Rising before daylight, he worked on his farm all morning then called on prospective insurance customers all afternoon and evening."
Dees joined Harden and Troy businessman and Alabama Farmers Federation board member Ed Whaley for a check presentation ceremony at the museum Wednesday, May 27.
Founded in 1969, the Pike Pioneer Museum opened its doors in 1971. The primary farm and agricultural collections on display at the museum date from the mid-1800s to the turn of the century. The museum also has a collection of native American artifacts along with some World War II memorabilia. The museum is member-owned and supported by private contributions.