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QUESTION: True or false? It was a dare back in 1922 that started State Farm Insurance?
ANSWER: To a degree, that’s true. Founder G.J. Mecherle, a retired Merna farmer, was working for an insurance company that insured city drivers and is said to have commented to his managers one day that it wasn’t fair that they charged farmers as much as city drivers when farmers drove much less and also faced much less traffic out in the country. Their answer to Mecherle: Start your own company then, smarty-pants! So he did.