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Posted on 15th June 2010 by Rita

How we serve you is as important as the products we provide you. Genuine personal service is first and foremost. We listen to you… we discuss your needs… while answering your questions and providing guidance to put your insurance needs in perspective with both your short term and long term goals.

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Established in 1965 in Spokane, WA. The North Coast Life Insurance Company has remained focused on providing solutions to making life much easier, much fuller, and much more balanced. Bringing you practical help that will make a difference to your life and the lives of those you love most.

We continue to ensure financial stability for individuals, families and businesses throughout the Western United States, Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands by remaining focused on providing quality insurance products at affordable prices.

North Coast Life
1116 W. Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA 99210
800-541-5858 / 509-838-4235

(Below is the Article as it appeared in the Spokesman-Review, Sunday, May 16, 1965)

Certificate Granted Insurance Firm

Kuckelhan presents Ogden, Newton with certificate for new insurance firm.

New Company Would Make

Spokane Insurance Center

Stockholders of North Coast Life Insurance Co., a new Spokane firm with offices in the Paulsen Building, elected a board of directors last week and named executive officers.

C. Robert Ogden, former president of Great Northwest Life here, was named president of North Coast, which has been capitalized at $1 million. It will be one of two home-owned insurance companies in Spokane.

Others on Board

The company’s certificate of authority was granted recently by State Insurance Commissioner Lee I. Kueckelhan.

Officers beside Ogden are Stanley C. Newton, vice president and treasurer, and attorney Will L. Lorenz, secretary.

Elected to the board of directors in addition to Ogden and Newton were Thoburn C. Brown, Neal R. Fosseen, Edward H. Hughes, Mrs, Eric A. Johnston, John H. Leuthold, Jerry McAfee, R. J. Martin, John M. Moore, Joseph Rosenfield and Chester L. Seeley.

All are Spokane residents except McAfee of Stanwood, Wash., who is general agent for the company.

Martin was chairman of the board of Great Northwest Life when it merged last year in Sunset Life Insurance Co. of Olympia, Hughes was a director of Great northwest for 20 years.

In Business 23 Years

Ogden, an attorney, was president of Great Northwest in 1963 and 1964. He was graduated from Harvard University and the Yale University law school.

Newton has been in the life insurance business for 23 years. He was superintendent of agencies for Berkshire Life Insurance Co., Pittsfield, Mass., as assistant agency vice president for Acacia Mutual of Washington, D.C., a vice president for sales of Great Northwest.

Lorenz was former legal counsel for Great Northwest Life. “We hope to build Spokane as an insurance center.” Ogden said. “This is a business not affected by adverse freight rates or distance from markets which apply to heavy industry.”

Sales efforts are presently restricted to the state of Washington but Ogden said the company will file applications in the next few weeks to sell insurance in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.



(Below is the Article as it appeared in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, Tuesday, May 18, 1965)

C.R. Ogden Heads Firm

C. Robert Ogden, former president of Great Northwest Life Insurance Co. in Spokane, has been elected president of the newly formed North Coast Life Insurance Co., with home offices in the Paulsen Building.

Stockholders at their recent first meeting elected executive officers and named directors for the company, which was incorporated in February and capitalized at $1 million. The firm began operations May 3.

Officers in addition to Ogden, are Stanley C. Newton, vice president and treasurer, Will Lorenz, secretary. All three were formerly associated with Great Northwest, founded here in 1928 and merged last Dec. 31 into Sunset Life Insurance Co., of America with headquarters in Olympia.

Elected to the board, besides Ogden and Newton, were Thoburn C. Brown, Neal R. Fosseen, Edward H. Hughes, Mrs. Eric A. Johnston, John H. Leuthold, Jerry McAfee, R. J. Martin, John M. Moore, Joseph Rosenfield and C. L. Seeley. All directors, except McAfee of Stanwood, Wash., are residents of Spokane.

Currently restricted to Washington, the firm expects to file applications in the next few weeks to sell insurance in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, Ogden said.


(Below is the Article as it appeared in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, Thursday, May 20, 1965 – in the People & Business section)

Finance Future Seen for City

Although Mr. And Mrs C. Robert Ogden grew up in the same neighborhood in Spokane and attended the same schools, they met in New York City.

After several years in New York and Seattle they returned to make their home here, where Ogden now is president of the North Coast Life Insurance Co.

Actually Ogden was born in Clarksburg, W. Va., but he came with his family to Spokane at the age five, when his father, the late Daniel M. Ogden, sold his department store in Clarksburg in 1928 and came to Spokane to retire.

His mother’s family (she is the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Tipton H. Maphis and resides at W. 423 Fifteenth) lived in Spokane at the time.

Ogden attended Roosevelt Grade School and Lewis and Clark Hight School, where he was graduated in 1941 as valedictorian and president of the student body.

He received an academic scholarship to Harvard and left college in 1943 to serve two years in the Army Air Corps. A B24 bomber pilot, he was based in Italy and flew 32 missions, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and four battle stars.

Returning to Harvard in 1946, he completed college after having attended a total of only three years and was graduated magna cum laude. He entered Yale Law School and was graduated in 1950, then practiced law in New York City until 1957.

He married Margot Martin, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. R. J. Martin of Spokane, in 1954. They moved to Seattle in 1957 and he practiced law there until 1958, when he came to Spokane as vice president and director of R. J. Martin & Co. and R. J. Martin Mortgage Co.

Became President

Ogden became a director, executive vice president and then president of Great Northwest Life Insurance Co. of Spokane in 1963 and 1964. The company was merged into Sunset Life Insurance Co., and Ogden left the firm.

Ogden was elected president of North Coast Life Insurance last week. The firm was incorporated in February and capitalized at $1 million.

Because of its geographical position, Ogden said, he does not foresee great industrial growth for Spokane. “What Spokane needs to attract is businesses that are not affected by its geographical location, and the insurance business is of this type. Spokane can be an insurance and financial center of the Pacific Northwest, and we need to build economic growth on businesses such as this.”

He said that traditionally the big bulk of life insurance sold in Spokane and the Northwest is sold by firms located elsewhere.

An officer in the New York City Young Republican Club, Ogden was chairman of the Youth for Eisenhower-Nixon Organization for the state in 1956. He headed the Nixon for President committee in Washington’s 5th Congressional District in 1960. He was one of 18 handpicked advance men for the Nixon-Lodge Campaign and late in the campaign was personally asked by Henry Cabot Lodge to serve on his staff during the last weeks.

Served as Secretary

Ogden was secretary of the Republican State Central Committee from 1961 to 1963, when he was named state committeeman from Spokane County on the Executive Committee of the Republic State Central Committee, a position he still holds.

He headed the fund drive for the new St. Luke’s Hospital and is a board member of the Hospital and of St. George’s School in Spokane. He is a past board chairman of Boothe Memorial Hospital and remains a board member.

A trustee of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, Ogden was chairman of the chamber’s Education Bureau from 1962 to 1964.

The Ogdens reside at E. 1230 Twentieth with three sons, David, 9, Robert, 7, and Douglas, 6.


2 Comments
  1. Harris Booker says:

    Hi Rita, I’m loving this blog. Keep up the good work. North Coast Life Insurance Company is truly a wonderful company to represent. Everyone is so friendly. The underwriting department, staff and customer service is outstanding. Every time I call I get to speak to a live person, this is almost unheard of nowadays. I recently needed some advice for one of my clients and the staff came through with with some very good recommendations that fitted my clients needs and budget.

    15th June 2010 at 8:42 am

  2. Rita says:

    Hello Harris,
    I am delighted to hear such praise for all the NCL Staff. We appreciate you sharing such kind and inspiring words. Personal Service is #1 – You are correct. We will continue to strive for what other companies do not: Genuine Personal Service to Clients and Agents alike. Thank you again.. always nice to have that pat on the back.

    15th June 2010 at 2:16 pm

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