Germania Mutual Insurance Company, Langenburg’s own insurance company, celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2009. In a time of change, amalgamation and corporate failure, Germania keeps proving itself as "the little insurance company that can."
Germania Mutual Insurance traces its origins to the early 1900s when several fires ravaged farms in the Hoffenthal District northeast of Langenburg, SK. Jacob Lowenberger’s barn was struck by lightning and several head of livestock and valuable horses perished.
Without insurance – no agents were available and premiums were exorbitant – neighbours and church members helped the Lowenberger family offset their losses. This tragedy became the genesis for a type of mutual aid insurance company when a prominent young farmer in the district, J. G. Haas, recalled his experience in South Dakota where a similar organization had flourished.
In the spring of 1909, 30 farmers affixed their signatures to a charter application with provisional directors named as Phillip Hautz, Jacob Lowenberger, August Remus, Alfred Hartung and Alfred Kendel. The first annual meeting was held May 1, 1909 in the Imperial Hotel in Langenburg (ironically the site of the company’s head office today).
Over 100 years have brought tremendous changes to the company. Today, Germania Mutual Insurance Company offers its insurance products in several communities in Saskatchewan through brokers from Estevan to Choiceland and from Langenburg to Langham. It has a permanent staff of three women (Tammy Putland, Tracey Yont headed by General Manager Lorinda Buchberger) and is probably the only insurance company in Canada that employs only women. These three efficiently conduct the company’s business at its offices at 127 Kaiser Wilhelm Avenue in Langenburg, Saskatchewan.
The current members of the board of directors of Germania Mutual Insurance Company – Shawn Patenaude, Melissa Ingjaldson, Ron Buchberger, Scott Pratt, Maxine Bourgette and Lori Popp – honor Germania’s legacy of former directors and managers over the past 100 years. Their unwavering commitment and hard work has secured this accomplishment.