Case Jarvis McClung is only two months old, but already his proud grandparents, Jim Ed and Jennifer McClung, are touting Baby McClung as a fifth-generation owner of Jarvis Insurance Agency, one of Somerset’s oldest businesses now noting its 80th anniversary and counting.
In this day and time when mergers are commonplace, rare is a business that survives in its same form for eight decades. Even more unusual is a family-operated company founded during the Great Depression, survived World War II, numerous recessions and global conflicts and all the while owned by the same family and still growing.
Apparently there are no plans to break the family line. Grandpa Jim Ed makes no bones about mentioning his new grandson as being in the line of succession.
Initially known as Hays-Jarvis Insurance Agency, the company was founded in 1933 by Edward Jarvis and his wife, Lillian White Jarvis. Hays in the original name was W.O. Hayes, a partner who sold his interest in the insurance agency shortly after its founding. Jarvis Insurance has been in downtown Somerset since its inception.
Jim McClung, son-in-law of Lillian Jarvis, joined Jarvis Insurance in 1948 and was a fixture in the business community until his death in 1995. Jim was married to Jacquelyn Jarvis, daughter of Edward and Lillian.
Jim McClung’s son, Jim Ed, now president of Jarvis Insurance, is the third generation of the Jarvis-McClung clan to head the business. Jim Ed’s son, Preston, new father of Case, is vice president of Jarvis Insurance and the fourth generation of the family to become a part of the agency. Preston joined Jarvis Insurance in 2009 after graduating from the University of Kentucky. His wife and the mother of Case is the former Cami Huff.
Jim Ed is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. With a degree in history, Jim Ed has been an acute observer of the explosion of growth in Somerset and Pulaski County since he joined the insurance agency in 1974. His wife, the former Jennifer Waddle, assists in operation of the agency.