Clifton Crain Otto Collection of The Western Insurance Companies (Fort Scott, Kan.) audio recordings
This collection of audio recordings of The Western Insurance Companies of Fort Scott, Kansas was produced by Clifton Crain Otto, former President and Chairman of the Board of The Western Insurance Companies. The recordings include two production meetings of The Western Insurance Companies, a special meeting where Clifton Crain Otto became Vice Chairman of the Board and Thomas M. Mayhew became President, and a Rotary Club meeting where Clifton Crain Otto spoke about the history of The Western Insurance Companies. Ray B. Duboc, James McIndoe, Clifton Crain Otto and Thomas M. Mayhew are the major speakers heard on the audio recordings.
- 1962 - 1977
- Otto, Clifton Crain, 1911-1997 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Digitized versions of the original one-quarter inch magnetic tapes have been made and are available on compact disc.
Conditions Governing Use
No CD of this collection may be copied, reproduced or burned by any technique employed by any person at anytime. Such activity is totally prohibited by the donors of said collection. CDs of said collection will be used only for listening purposes and only with equipment supplied to the listener by the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Listeners using said CDs are prohibited from using their own personal electronic equipment.
History of Clifton Crain Otto and The Western Insurance Companies
Clifton Crain Otto was born March 1, 1911 in Bates County, Missouri. In 1917, the Otto family moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, where Mr. Otto graduated from public schools. In 1928, he became an employee of The Western Insurance Companies, with home offices in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Following a series of promotions in succeeding years, Otto became President of The Western Insurance Companies in 1955. During the 14 years of his presidency, The Western quadrupled in size, growing from a small company to one of the nation's premier casualty insurance carriers. A new $1.1 million addition to the Fort Scott headquarters was completed and occupied in 1967.
In 1969, Mr. Otto was elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Chairman. He then served as Chairman of the Board from 1972 until his retirement in 1976. His history of The Western, titled The Western Story, was published in 1976. In 1986, Mr. Otto was named to the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation's Hall of Fame. He died at Fort Scott on June 6, 1997.
2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
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These career audio recordings of The Western Insurance Companies of Fort Scott, Kansas, were produced by Clifton Crain Otto, former President and Chairman of the Board of The Western Insurance Companies. The recordings include two production meetings of The Western Insurance Companies, a special meeting where Clifton Crain Otto becomes Vice Chairman of the Board and Thomas M. Mayhew becomes President, and a Rotary Club meeting where Clifton Crain Otto talks about the history of The Western Insurance Companies. One of the donors of this collection, Dr. David A. Otto, says that "the listener of said recordings will find the experience to be very educational, inspirational and rewarding."
RH MS 1167
RH VLT MS 1167
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Dr. David A. Otto and Elizabeth B. Otto of Fort Mill, SC; Marie Annette (Otto) Kliewer and Duane J. Kliewer of Omaha, NE.
- Guide to The Western Insurance Companies Audio Recordings Collection
- Clifton Crain Otto Collection of The Western Insurance Companies (Fort Scott, Kan.) audio recordings
- Finding aid prepared by mrk, 2009; revised by cmh, 2011. Finding aid encoded by mrk, 2009. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Clifton Crain Otto Collection of The Western Insurance Companies (Fort Scott, Kan.) Audio Recordings, RH MS 1167, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
- 2019-06-25: Clarified container info, mwh
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