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From the Fireman’s Fund Record, August 1920.

Some years ago a young girl from Vermont came to California for a visit. She had frequent occasion to cross a certain bridge in San Diego. On the bridge was an advertising sign of the Fireman’s Fund and the recurring sight of it so impressed her that she formed a resolve that when she needed fire insurance the Fireman’s Fund would have her preference.

In due course she returned to her Vermont home and completed her education, after which she entered the employ of F. W. Cutting, then the leading local agent at Barton, Vermont. She became familiar with the fire insurance business, first as Mr. Cutting’s stenographer, and the interest that had been aroused by the sign at San Diego grew. Eventually she succeeded to the business of her employer and gave the agency a new name.

The young woman, now the proprietress of the prosperous May’s Insurance Agency, is Miss Abby G. May. She is regarded as one of the most capable business women of New England. She has other business interests in addition to the work of the agency, which has continued to grow. New industries are coming to Barton and the May’s Agency has continued to secure its share of new business.

Women are not numerous in the local agency field, but Miss May’s career has shown that her sex can hold its own in insurance as elsewhere.

A sister of Miss May is the town clerk of Barton.

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