Two Locations To Serve You
Richwood Office
La Rue Office
Quote Requests
Policy Services

Our History

The History of MJ Knapp Insurance Agency

The M.J. Knapp Agency was established in 1934 by Martin Jackson Knapp. Marty was a railroad worker and was looking to supplement his income upon retirement from the railroad. He opened an office off the north side of his house where people stopped to do business with him for years. When his son, Larry J. Knapp, had fulfilled his service with the Navy, he purchased the agency and managed it from 1968 until 1996. Larry ran the business out of his home on State Route 95.  Larry and Marilyn’s daughter, Jennifer L. Conroy, bought the agency in 1996 after having worked in the agency as a licensed agent since 1983. She has since purchased Larry’s home/office since the passing of Marilyn and runs the office much the same…out of the house.  The agency still has that small town, homey feel as you walk in the door.

Jennifer is also a Certified Insurance Counselor which is a prestigious accomplishment among insurance agents.  In order to become a CIC you must pass several rigorous exams regarding each aspect of insurance.  Upon achieving this designation, you must also attend updated courses every year to maintain the designation. Her expertise is in all areas of the insurance business but her favorite is farm accounts.

In 1981 M.J. Knapp Insurance Agency Inc. purchased Roger Shearer’s Insurance Agency in Richwood. Due to the size of the agency already as well as obtaining another agency, it made sense to move the physical location of records and personnel to the Richwood location.  Both offices were maintained for many, many years until Larry retired.  Since Jennifer has purchased the La Rue location there are now hours held every Thursday all day and basically any time Jennifer is at home.  🙂   More hours will be available during the day at this La Rue location in the very near future…

The staff is strong with knowledge and licensed agents!