For well over 60 years, Higgins & Rutledge Insurance has been solving problems and meeting the insurance needs for thousands of individuals, families and businesses throughout Idaho. As with many independent insurance agencies, we are proud of our rich and varied past. Prior to becoming Higgins & Rutledge, we were originally the W.C. Robinson Company, a small loan business founded by William Colburn “June” Robinson, Jr. in the early 1940s. When he began financing aircraft, the need arose to provide insurance to protect his growing investment, so he contacted the Royal Insurance Company in San Francisco, which provided authorization to write aircraft insurance policies in his office.
Seeing enormous opportunity, in 1946 Robinson hired Bert Higgins as the primary insurance agent and began offering coverage to meet the needs of a growing community.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Robinson sold the agency to Bert Higgins in 1951. By that time the company had evolved into a respected insurance agency and continued to expand under its new name – the Bert Higgins Agency. The agency was operated by Bert and his wife Ruth, who did the accounting for the office while learning the insurance business. Ruth served as Office Manager for many years and remains active in the business on a daily basis.
Bill Rutledge was invited to join the firm in 1970, and Mr. Higgins celebrated the alliance by renaming the agency Higgins & Rutledge Insurance. Bill Rutledge retired in 1988.
Rod Higgins joined the agency working part time with his father while attending Boise State University. Upon graduating in 1971 he became a licensed insurance agent and was named president in 1989. With its rich family history, under Rod’s continued guidance the agency has grown to 28 employees and is one of the most celebrated, premier Independent Agencies in the Northwestern United States.
As a select Trusted Choice® agency, Higgins & Rutledge continues to use resources, experience, and expertise to improve the quality of community life while providing a wide variety of services to individuals, families and businesses. We are proud of our long history and look forward to meeting new challenges and embracing new opportunities in the years ahead!