Through The Years

Since 1865, Fred C. Church has been here to support and serve businesses, individuals, and families.

Founded over 150 years ago in the back of a bookstore in Lowell, MA, the Fred C. Church agency has gone through many decades of growth and expansion – and weathered some challenging times as well – just like the communities and neighbors that we have served.

The historical timeline below shows the many “ups,” but also a few of the more trying times, like the devastating flood of 1936, that both our company and our clients have experienced along this remarkable journey. We hope you enjoy revisiting these significant moments in our company’s and this region’s history.

1800s
1900s
2000s
1865
1865

Henry Church Forms Fred C. Church Insurance Company in Lowell, MA, as a sole proprietorship.

Henry Church Forms Fred C. Church Insurance Company in Lowell, MA, as a sole proprietorship.
1877
1877

Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his telephone in Lowell. Two years later, Lowell becomes the first U.S. city to have phone numbers.

Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his telephone in Lowell. Two years later, Lowell becomes the first U.S. city to have phone numbers.
1890
1890

Fred C. Church Becomes A Partnership Between Henry C. Church And His son, Frederic C. Church. Its New Location Opens At 53 Central Street In Downtown Lowell.

Fred C. Church Becomes A Partnership Between Henry C. Church And His son, Frederic C. Church. Its New Location Opens At 53 Central Street In Downtown Lowell.
1894
1894

Henry C. Church, Original Founder Of Fred C. Church Insurance Company, Passes Away, And The Business Returns To A Proprietorship In The Early 1900s

Henry C. Church, Original Founder Of Fred C. Church Insurance Company, Passes Away, And The Business Returns To A Proprietorship In The Early 1900s
1920
1920

Frederick C. Church forms a partnership with his son, Frederic C. Church, Jr., and also with Roy Bennett, Oscar Johnson, Lucien Paulent, and Henry F. Fessenden, creating Fred C. Church and Co.

Frederick C. Church forms a partnership with his son, Frederic C. Church, Jr., and also with Roy Bennett, Oscar Johnson, Lucien Paulent, and Henry F. Fessenden, creating Fred C. Church and Co.
1936
1936

The Historic Flood Of 1936 Ravages Lowell, Destroying Homes And Businesses Throughout The City.

The Historic Flood Of 1936 Ravages Lowell, Destroying Homes And Businesses Throughout The City.
1954
1954

The Insurance Service Association of America, now Assurex Global Partners, is established with affiliated company Boit, Dalton & Church as one of its founding partners. That membership later transferred to Fred C. Church, Inc.

The Insurance Service Association of America, now Assurex Global Partners, is established with affiliated company Boit, Dalton & Church as one of its founding partners. That membership later transferred to Fred C. Church, Inc.
1955
1955

A large fire on St. Patrick’s Day in Lowell destroys the business building on Central St., forcing a relocation to 24 Merrimack Street.

A large fire on St. Patrick’s Day in Lowell destroys the business building on Central St., forcing a relocation to 24 Merrimack Street.
1956
1956

Fred C. Church, Jr. becomes one of the founding fathers of the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Fred C. Church, Jr. becomes one of the founding fathers of the Boys & Girls Club of America.
1968
1968

The business changes from a partnership to a corporation and is re-named Fred C. Church, Inc. with Branford S. Brennan as President.

The business changes from a partnership to a corporation and is re-named Fred C. Church, Inc. with Branford S. Brennan as President.
1975
1975

The last two of the Fred C. Church family leave the company. Edward (Ted) D. Howe is named President and an employee stock ownership plan is established.

The last two of the Fred C. Church family leave the company. Edward (Ted) D. Howe is named President and an employee stock ownership plan is established.
1980
1980

John F. Reilly, Jr. is named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.

John F. Reilly, Jr. is named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.
1988
1988

The Fred C. Church, Inc. Lowell headquarters are relocated to One Merrimack Plaza.

The Fred C. Church, Inc. Lowell headquarters are relocated to One Merrimack Plaza.
1994
1994

Fred C. Church Opens Its First Portsmouth, NH, Location At One Harbour Place, Moving To 401 State Street in 1996.

Fred C. Church Opens Its First Portsmouth, NH, Location At One Harbour Place, Moving To 401 State Street in 1996.
2000
2000

Fred C. Church relocates its Portsmouth location from State Street to the Pease Tradeport.

Fred C. Church relocates its Portsmouth location from State Street to the Pease Tradeport.
2002
2002

Herman P. Laturnau named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.

Herman P. Laturnau named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.
2004
2004

Fred C. Church, Inc.’s Lowell Office Moves To Its Current Location At 41 Wellman Street.

Fred C. Church, Inc.’s Lowell Office Moves To Its Current Location At 41 Wellman Street.
2011
2011

Fred C. Church is named for the first time as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance magazine.

Fred C. Church is named for the first time as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance magazine.
2015
2015

Michael S. Reilly named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.

Michael S. Reilly named President of Fred C. Church, Inc.
2016
2016

Fred C. Church relocates its Portsmouth location to the city’s downtown.

Fred C. Church relocates its Portsmouth location to the city’s downtown.